Ratings and Reviews
Not a necessity.
Keep in mind this is about 35 minutes of feedback/noise from either concerts or soundchecks. Then again,it's only $1.29......
ARC and Weld
What folks need to remember or learn is that ARC was part of the 3 disc set ARC WELD. To draw a comparison (well as best as I can)...If Chicago Transit Authority had put a single of Freeform Guitar and its wasn't heard as a part of the CTA album in around 1968 it may have seemed senseless. Similarly, ARC on it's own may seem odd. As a part of the 3 cd set ARC WELD it was genius. My 2 cents worth. Have fun with it.
This album is essential to understanding the ENTIRE Neil Young (and friends + co-conspirators) catalogue en bloc - to get the biggest picture of his art. To many, it is unlistenable, to some it is, and to a very small group of people who don't raise their hands, it is quite enjoyable. I vacillate between the latter two groups. I completely understand that there are times when this isn't appropriate background music (which you will inevitably use it for - you need a special love of Neil to actively close-listen to this E.P.) for, say, your newborn infant's first day at home. This is not borne from personal experience, but you get the idea. I would also posit that this was a lot more radical in 1991, when it was released. I remember purchasing it (physical disc @ a physical store !!!!) and the guy looking at me with a mix of admiration and fear since I was buying this but not WELD, the listenable companion piece it was released with. Everyone else bought WELD, and a few zealots bought ARC or ARC/WELD, the cool box set. Me - just ARC. A mistake? I'll never know. It's far too loud to hear myself think when it's on to answer the question. Buy it, put it on a shelf (or a hard drive) and know that you now understand Neil.