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  • Personnel: Neil Young (vocals, guitar).
  • Crazy Horse: Frank Sampedro, Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina.
  • Producers: Neil Young, David Briggs, Tim Mulligan, Jerry Napier.
  • Recorded at Modern Recorders, Redwood City, California.
  • All tracks have been digitally remastered using HDCD technology.
  • Released in 1981, REACTOR was a transitional album for Neil Young, most notably in that it marked a break in his longstanding relationship with Reprise Records. But before Young left for the supposedly greener fields of Geffen, he unleashed this amped-up outing with Crazy Horse in tow. "Opera Star," with its refrain of "ho-ho-ho-ho-ho-ho" and unusual synthesizer backing, sets a quirky tone that's furthered by "T-Bone," a nine-minute guitar workout with lyrics comprised only of the lines "Got mashed potatoes/Ain't got no T-bone." On other tracks, however, the iconic rocker leaves blatant eccentricities behind; "Southern Pacific" rolls along vintage Young rails, while the fierce "Shots," with its distorted, industrial sounds, closes the album on its most energetic and glorious moment.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (07/24/03, p.92) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A high-energy, punk influenced offering from Young and his band Crazy Horse that threatens to go right off its head at any moment."

The Wire (p.47) - "RE-AC-TOR ushered in the 80s with one of Young's periodical revivals of Crazy Horse, channelling the group's raw electricity into claustrophobic compositions which shared an upright rigidity with New Wave units such as The Cars and Devo."
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