|1. Good To See You|
|2. Silver & Gold|
|3. Daddy Went Walkin'|
|4. Buffalo Springfield Again|
|5. The Great Divide|
|6. Horseshoe Man|
|7. Red Sun|
|8. Distant Camera|
|9. Razor Love|
|10. Without Rings|
Envisioned as the singer's first totally solo album, the 10-song set was reconceived and resequenced over the course of three years. Indeed, the four Young songs on Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's problematic Looking Forward were taken from an earlier version of Silver & Gold, backing tracks and all. What's left is a spare, guileless assortment of tunes that owes a thematic and sonic debt to After The Gold Rush. The touchingly nostalgic "Daddy Went Walkin'" and "Red Sun" conjure up images of childhood contentment; Young's parents divorced in his youth, but they're sweethearts here. Love is on Young's mind in the idyllic tracks, "Horseshoe Man" and "Razor Love" and he reflects on his early musical career with the artless but oddly suitable "Buffalo Springfield Again". Then he pulls it all together with the cryptic closer,"Without Wings": "I'm pickin' somethin' up / I'm lettin' somethin' go" he intones. And one can only reflect on how appropriate it is that Young dropped a song called "Looking Forward" from his latest journey through the past. --Steven Stolder
Some songs are standouts, all of them are wonderful. The album is performed in a laid-back, homedown manner, as if Neil had simply got his family together in the living room, got the fireplace going, made sure there were enough marshmallows for the hot chocolate, and simply got out his acoustic and played these songs for his loved ones.
I really recommend this album quite highly. To say "it ranks this high or that high" in his catalog is really inaccurate and unrepresentative. And I don't know if it's fair to say "if you like Tonight's the Night, but not Harvest Moon, then this won't do it for you" or "If you're a fan of Comes A Time, you'll like this". To me, this is a collection by a master songwriter not trying to impress anyone, just writing and performing songs, as he says in Buffalo Springfield Again, "for the fun of it".
Should you get this album? That depends. Do you like music?
I do not like so much, the very noisy Neil Young, though I have to admit I love "on the beach", Tonights the night and Zuma.
But this, it is just marvelous and it brings me in a fantastic mood! Highly recomended!
The album is in the same vain as the mellowest from 'Harvest', and 'After the Gold Rush', but with a clarity of retrospect that will hit you in such a nice way. Every song has it's place and (just like 'Harvest') they are all arranged to perfection.
The first track ('Good to See You') picks you up with all the glee of in the world and the last ('Without Rings') will linger with you in a place so perfect, you don't need to hear any more (like a silence associated with perfect understanding where no words are required).
I hope this album is the last thing i ever hear.