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Harvest Moon [Live]

Neil Young Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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1. Unknown Legend
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4. Harvest Moon
5. War Of Man
6. One Of These Days
7. Such A Woman
8. Old King
9. Dreamin' Man
10. Natural Beauty

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Certified Multi Platinum (2 times)by the RIAA. (6/94)


When Neil Young seems about to zig, he zags. Two years after 1990's loud Ragged Glory, he retreats to an old world of steel guitars, gentle folk melodies, and pristine country choruses. (That's Linda Ronstadt, who helped make 1972's Harvest a hit album, singing backup on the follow-up.) Young name-drops Hank Williams, Jimi Hendrix, and his old dog, King, in rich reminiscences about the musical ride he and his fans have shared since the late '60s. The album, as Young sings in "One of These Days," is "a long letter to all the good friends I've known." --Steve Knopper

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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, but overproduced Feb. 28 2004
Format:Audio CD
Although this album features some strong song-writing, I found it to be overproduced. Both Young's voice and those of his background singers sound processed, as if the producer were trying to smooth over Neil's rough edges, which is the very thing that has always given him such an authentic, human sound. The arrangements are also needlessly complicated and synthesizer-drenched. The above-mentioned flaws are most noticeable on "Natural Beauty," "War of Man," and "Such A Woman." Several of the songs on "Harvest Moon" also appear on Neil's "MTV Unplugged" disk, where they benefit from the sparer arrangement.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Neil x1000 June 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
I can't say enough about this album. To me, it is his best work. He is an ever-changing musician, just when you think you know him, BAM he comes out with something different, yet not far off from what he is all about.
I absolutely love this work. I keep waiting for him to come out with something that is similar. I know he will. It is soft, melodic, wonderful. Everyone, not just Neil fans, will love this one.
Do yourself the favor, if there is one Neil album that you should buy it is this one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Words - Between the Lines of Age March 23 2008
Format:Audio CD
It strikes me that Harvest Moon is clearly a hearkening back to Harvest, released some 20 years earlier. As such, it (unfortunately) begs to be reviewed by comparison....I say unfortunately because my appreciation of this album dropped dramatically once I had heard Harvest again.

The magic of Harvest was that the themes and their presentation were varied and fresh, almost naive, Neil was pushing the cusp of his world, groping for his identity amidst the dramatically expanded world in front of him (thanks to his success as a very young musician).

Harvest Moon, while I will agree with other reviewers who note its overall quality, tightness of lyrics and seamless music, comes off as a well textured choreographed album. It has none of the quite rawness of Needle and the Damage Done or the angst of Alabama, nor really the expansive grace of Heart of Gold, let alone the introspective waltz meets boxing match of 'Old Man'.

Indeed, this brings us to what I see as the heart of the matter: Neil Young at the time of this record is a older man, and his record sounds like it, too much like it in fact given the emotion he brings his old and new songs alike in live concerts.

A major drawback for this album is the production. It is way to smooth, overbalanced. This dampens the variance in the songs, homogenizes their disparate textures.

There are some great songs on this album, and it sits well as a whole, but for me it never reaches up to fully grasp my attention, to make me really care about what he is singing about.

That said, I am much closer in age to the Neil Young that wrote and recorded Harvest than the one that wrote and recorded Harvest Moon. And there in may lie the difference.
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Format:Audio CD
"Harvest" is still a catchier album in terms of the music, but lyrically "Harvest Moon" is far more rewarding. The writing is richer and more mature, and while "Harvest" may be more tuneful, that's not to say "Harvest Moon" is lacking in melody. The CD is full of breezy, easy-going hooks, like the title track and "One of These Days," the latter unabashedly steeped in wistful nostalgia but perfectly sweet without ever sounding too sentimental. The best numbers are the first two, which are at the very least minor classics, and the last number, "Natural Beauty," which at 10 minutes is twice as long as anything else on the CD. It's a meditative, somber ecological song that is very evocative of how the natural world is slipping away, and it's beautiful in its spare arrangement, surrounding Neil and his guitar with an echo-drenched chorus (not digital echo, as Neil would want to point out) and a few mirimba notes.
I wouldn't go as far as to say it's his best work, but it's one of his most accessible works, and a good entry point for anyone wishing to familiarize themselves with Neil's acoustic side.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forced by consequences, but still great Sept. 2 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album was all Neil could do in 1992. The years before had brought successively harder and louder rock albums: "Freedom," "Ragged Glory," and the incredibly ear-piercing, distorted, feedback-drenched double live album "Weld" had taken their toll on Young's hearing and he couldn't have handled putting out another grungy, hard rock collection (apparently he contracted tinnitus). Thus, he returned to the pastoral feeling of "Harvest" (although he vehemently denied that it was a sequel), and to fine results. The best track is arguably the title one, and I'd buy this for "Old King" alone (a hilarious banjo tribute to his late dog Elvis). It's Young's most unusual release of the 90s; after this he released "Sleeps With Angels" and the incredible "Mirror Ball," both of which helped build his image as the "Godfather of Grunge." "Harvest Moon" is kind of a peaceful interim between the loud rock and roll of the other albums, and that's just fine, something he and his fans needed to give their ears a rest after "Weld."
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2.0 out of 5 stars so I was disappointed.
I expected a vinyl record, not a cd, so I was disappointed.
Published 1 month ago by Heather Hutchinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great music.
Young when young. Great music.
Published 2 months ago by Ingrid Branham
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done Neil!
This is a great CD. I have listened to it many times.
"Harvest Moon" and "War of Man" are very good. Read more
Published on May 12 2004 by J. McAndrew
4.0 out of 5 stars His Best?
I don't know many people who can say much that's negative about Neil Young and his music. He's had a long and productive musical career, one which has spanned well over 30 years. Read more
Published on July 8 2003 by Brandon Stanley
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly BRILLIANT album
First of all, this is not one of Young's "rockin" albums. Do not get it if you're looking to jam. The songs are slow, atmospheric and HAUNTING. Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2003 by RMurray847
5.0 out of 5 stars come a little bit closer
in my wedding ceremony i played and sang harvest moon to my bride on the beach one sunny saturday morning in june. what else can i say about this song. its in my heart forever. Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2003 by mitch
5.0 out of 5 stars Neil Young at his best
By far one of my favorite Neil Young albums. I even have the poster of the cd cover hanging in my living room. Read more
Published on Aug. 28 2002 by thrashramy
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Just "Harvest Part II"
The wily unpredictable Neil Young is probably the last person one would expect to release a sequel to his best-selling and best-known album - and yet, unpredictable as ever, that... Read more
Published on Aug. 3 2002 by Bill R. Moore
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