I'm having a hell of a time deciding between these two. Both tracks I probably wouldn't have picked from albums I like a lot. The first Neil record is unlike any other; I think he really wanted it to be an extension of his work with Jack Nietzsche on "Expecting to Fly," and while it doesn't reach those heights, the arrangements are pretty stellar. My wife's favorite Neil album, fwiw. This particular track is interesting, but a bit dour.
BM is pretty exciting at first, though it's comparatively short on ideas and stretched out a bit for my taste.
Any other track from either album - OK, maybe not "The Loner" or "Last Trip to Tulsa," and I might declare "Telegram Sam" too obvious, but anything else - would've secured my vote right off against either of these.
I guess I'll get back to this. Hopefully the crowd will speak and my vote will be meaningless.
Both tracks fall within the too-long-for-its-content cathegory. All those guitar sounds at the end of A sound rather messy without adding any value. The NY track tries some ideas here and there. Not all of them work, but as a whole they make the track worth a careful listen, even being familiar with it.
Just kidding. Two strong ties to end with. A has a big, messy riff which does grab the attention. It comes up a bit short as a song though and wouldn't be my choice from the album. B suffered slightly from the melodic repetitiousness which tends to be a flaw with NY's songwriting ( his melodies are very basic as I've argued before). However it was full of lovely, jazzy minor chords that was reminiscent of Crosby's solo album ( I guess it features many of the same players)and it built its layers rather beautifully.
Because I always vote for the track rather than the artist (if I was doing the latter my vote would be switched)...
A shows up T Rex's limitations somewhat. It's a big chunky Led Zep of a riff, but it has nothing else to give, it doesn't reach for the stars like their big singles, it just chunders along being a rock thing. Not much glam here, it's all denim and sweat. That cello gets annoying too, which isn't something I say often.
B is obviously much more of a songwriter's effort, a bit of craft and thought has gone into it. I would personally have dropped that horrible organ sound out of there, and told the backing singers to do one. Should've concentrated on being a nice thoughtful, melodic folk song, which is what it is at heart. Good to have a string section from the era which feels involved in the song, and not an afterthought.