Living with War: "In the Beginning" is the thirtieth studio album by Neil Young, released in 2006. It is a stripped-down version of Young's 2006 album Living with War. The original title of this particular CD/DVD release, according to a press release, was called Living with War - Raw. However, the title changed when the album was finally released.
The album includes first mixes of the live trio recordings, made the day of recording, and was made available via digital download on iTunes on Election Day, November 7, 2006. Also available on iTunes that day were four videos directed by Neil Young of songs from the album: "After The Garden," "Families," "Lookin' for a Leader" and "America the Beautiful."
In a special CD/DVD limited-edition package, available on Reprise Records in stores on December 19, 2006 the set included videos directed by Young of every song on the album. Using a wide range of visual sources, both from the Iraq War as well as demonstrations in the United States, and Al Gore's film An Inconvenient Truth the videos are a statement of not only what has happened during the past three years of war, but also how it has affected the entire world.
Living with War, which originally came out in early May 2006, immediately set off a firestorm of reaction from both sides of the political fence. With songs like "The Restless Consumer," "Shock and Awe," "Flags of Freedom" and "Let's Impeach the President," Living with War was quickly seen as a unique musical statement. On the "Raw" version of the album, the sound is straight-from-the-source, captured live in the studio exactly the way it was recorded, without the backing instrumentation and choral accompaniment found on the original release.
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