Neil Young and The Shocking Pinks – Wonderin’ (1983)

Neil Young and The Shocking Pinks – Wonderin’ (1983)

Wonderin’ is side one, track 4 from the album Everybody’s Rockin’ which is the 13th studio album by Canadian / American musician Neil Young, released on August 01, 1983. The album was recorded with the Shocking Pinks (a band made up just for the occasion), and features a selection of rockabilly songs (both covers and original material). Running 25 minutes, it is Young’s shortest album. Everybody’s Rockin’ is typical of his 1980s period in that it bears little or no resemblance to the album released before it (Trans (1982), a synth-heavy, electro-rock album), nor the one released after it (Old Ways (1985), which is pure country).

Young went into the studio and quickly produced an album with a sound reminiscent of the early period of rock & roll, including Jimmy Reed’s “Bright Lights, Big City” and “Mystery Train,” recorded by Elvis Presley in his early days at Sun Records. The production included ’50s-style vocal reverb and backing choruses. Most songs were Young originals, such as “Kinda Fonda Wanda” that had originally been written to amuse his wife. Young wrote the song “Wonderin'” long before the sessions for Everybody’s Rockin’. It dates from at least the After the Gold Rush era, and was part of his set-list at solo acoustic shows in 1970, as well as at Woodstock with Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young in 1969.

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