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I've heard that before, but where?

04/26/07 | by Adam | Categories: Music

Recently I was listening to a track on a three CD Manfred Mann's Earth Band compilation called "Odds And Sods". The listing called it "Don't Bring Me Down (Castles Burning)". It's a great track and seemed very familiar. Since this was a live version I figured it probably was just a different recording so looked for the album one. I didn't find one; this was apparently the only available recording of the song by the group. A cover version it had to be given the compilation's billing as a rarities collection.

I wandered over to AllMusic to use their song search feature. A search of "Castles Burning" brought up several Journey references but it's clearly not one of theirs. "Don't Bring Me Down" brought up lots of hits, but it's definitely not an ELO or Animals number either. On the CD liner it's cited as a Neil Young number but he never wrote anything under that name I could find. As I don't have much in the way of Neil Young albums it was unlikely that I'd heard it from one of his even so.

Eventually I did track it down based on the lyrics, much like Ritchie did with an earlier post. It is indeed a Neil Young tune. Annie Lennox covered it on her "Medusa" album which is where I'd heard it first. Why couldn't I find it? Apparently whoever wrote the MMEB notes decided to rename the song from its original title of "Don't Let It Bring You Down". I wish they wouldn't do that especially as the new title appears nowhere in the song whereas the old one is quite a prominent lyric.

Anyway, the compilation is great, although it probably helps if you already like the group. Despite the terrible review of Annie Lennox's "Medusa" album on AllMusic, it's a good one too.


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