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|1. Walk On|
|2. See The Sky About To Rain|
|3. Revolution Blues|
|4. For The Turnstiles|
|5. Vampire Blues|
|6. On The Beach|
|7. Motion Pictures|
|8. Ambulance Blues|
This 1974 release has, over the years, come to be regarded as a classic. It's definitely Neil at his most uncompromising-a little like its predecessor Tonight's the Night except more full of rage than sorrow, and downright funny at times. A must.
Sparse, underproduced, and at times downright dour, On the Beach was Neil Young's first studio album after Harvest had transformed him into a mainstream superstar two years before. It was a career move akin to "pissin' in the wind," as the artist himself describes life on one of the album's most famous lines. Young had already recorded the harrowing Tonight's the Night, his indictment of '60s drug culture and the damage done, but his label rejected it as too abrasive. So the artist gave them this instead. Less mournful but still haunting, the album is basically Young's rejection of rock stardom and what had become of the counterculture, covering a range of subjects, including Richard Nixon and Patty Hearst (the epic "Ambulance Blues"), his affair with actress Carrie Snodgrass ("Motion Pictures"), and, most famously, years before it became "chic" to do so, Charles Manson (the rocking "Revolution Blues"). "Vampire Blues," meanwhile, seemed to be about all those topics, as well as Young himself. Full of despair and little hope, On the Beach would nevertheless eventually come to be reappraised as a rock culture masterpiece. --Bill Holdship
excellent cd and lot of good songs on it and I recommand it to my friends very good musiciens tooPublished 18 months ago by Claude Couillard
Bought this originally when it first came out on vinyl . It's a marker of a time period in my life that brings back good memories.
Good music here. Cover art is very cool. Read more
I'll just amend my previous review of this and advise you to get the DVD audio version of this disc because the clarity and intimacy of the sound surpasses anything I have ever... Read morePublished on April 26 2004 by o dubhthaigh
Neil vents his anger on this one-anger at the music industry, fans, the movie industry, himself, and all the senseless drug deaths of his friends. Read morePublished on April 23 2004 by J. Sweeney
If you want to hear lyrics that bite like a strung out Doberman Pincher, this is the one to get. The pinacle of his songwriting career, On The Beach tackes on popular icons of the... Read morePublished on April 18 2004 by Gary L. Quay
"On the Beach" chronicles a long trip gone bad. It's a moody, reflective album that closes with three songs that prove that even a Canuck can sing the blues. Read morePublished on April 1 2004 by Michael S. Mahoney
...is my jaw dropping. Thank you Neil Young for finally getting "On the Beach" out on CD. The remastering is amazing--you can hear everything so clearly. Read morePublished on March 19 2004 by J. F. Rick
Amazon says it is "underproduced"....this is exactly why it is such a good CD. If you know Neil Young, then you know what he is about and this CD is one of his best... Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2004 by "email@example.com"
I am thankful for this record. It has saved my life many times over when in the throes of black, adolescent despair. Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2004 by Uncle Borges