Producers: Danny Kortchmar, Neil Young
Track listing: Weight of the World, Violent Side, Hippie Dream, Bad News Beat, Touch the Nights, People on the Street, Hard Luck Stories, I Got a Problem, Pressure, Drifter
Musicians: Neil Young (vocals, lead guitar, harmonica, synthesizer), Danny Kortchmar (synthesizer, guitar), Steve Jordan (drums, synthesizer) and the San Francisco Boys Chorus provide vocals on "Violent Side" and "Touch the Night".
To some people Danny Kortchmar is a well respected song-writer and producer. To me he is the man behind the worst Neil Young record of all time. I really tried to give Landing on Water another chance, but it just plain stinks. Awful production. Awful synth. No bass (except horrible synth bass). Shitty overblown drums that way too loud in the mix. This album is a demonstration of everything that was wrong with studio production in the middle of the 1980s.
Kortchmar is not the sole culprit behind this album, after all Neil is the man who decided this album should be released (the same man who decided not to release Chrome Dreams or Homegrown). At frst I thought Neil likely released this garbage record to solely to fufill the demands of his Geffen Records contract. Then I noticed he released four singles with videos from this album. That tells me he stood behind of it and was at least partly proud of it. He was wrong to ever think that. This album is garbage from beginning to end.
Landing on Water isn't innovative or experimental like Trans. It's predictable and synthetically bland. For some reasonthis album sold better than Trans, Everybody's Rockin', and Old Ways. I guess it just goes to show how the masses often have horrible taste that is tainted by the age they live in. Sometimes we need a little hindsight to see the real horrors.
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