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  • LP Record (July 17 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: WEA International
  • ASIN: B00004WNZ9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 174 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,129 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Once prone to straying all over the map, Neil Young has contented himself of late alternating between country squire and convulsive rocker. Silver & Gold is an exquisite addition to Young's pastoral offerings. 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 here they're sweethearts. Love is on Young's mind in the idyllic title track, "Horseshoe Man," and "Razor Love." 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. The limited-edition version of the CD comes in special packaging and includes a poster bearing Young's handwritten Silver & Gold lyrics. --Steven Stolder --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Audio CD
Lord knows Neil has had no shortage of acoustic songs and albums throughout his career, but none sound like or bear anything but a superficial resemblance to Silver and Gold. Whereas albums like After the Gold Rush and Harvest had a yearning, desperate feel; Comes a Time a wistful aceeptance of life's challenges, here Neil sounds like he's perfectly in the moment - contented to be where and who he is, and joyed to be doing it with the people he's with (I mean his family here, not the instrumentalists on this album).
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?
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Although this is not Neil Young's best record, and does not contain his strongest writing, it is quite the enjoyable record for a fan. This album is often compared to After The Gold Rush - allegedly by Neil himself - and, while it does contain a vague similarity to some of the songs on that album (say, Tell Me Why, I Believe In You, and Cripple Creek Fairy), it is much more of a minimalist album (it was originally intended to be a true solo album, featuring only Neil and Neil alone), without the pounding piano work that dominated that album, and without any long, electric jams such as Southern Man. The sound is actually closer to Harvest or Harvest Moon (particularly the latter), with a bit of the country-ish touches of Old Ways. The songs are generally straight-forward (Daddy Went Walkin' having almost the feel of a nursery rhyme, perhaps akin to something from Bob Dylan's Under The Red Sky album; and Buffalo Springfield again has a vanity and nostalgic bent to it that most people would've probably thought was below Neil), and do not contain his most complex lyrics. However, the songs are all pleasant, easy listens, and quite enjoyable to the fan of Neil's mellower tunes. Standouts include the title track (written way back in 1982), Razor Love, The Great Divide, and Without Rings.
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By A Customer on July 5 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is a perfect album. Like most albums I have come to adore, the first time I heard it I thought "uh, its ok". Second time "yeah, its got some good ones". After that though, it all sank in and all made sense. i've read reviews of this album that have said its boring (and if you're looking for a rockin' good time, it is), but what Mr Young has achieve with this recording is perfection in album craftsmanship. The album flows just like a late night conversation with a long lost best freind; easy, understanding, mellow and, oh, so rewarding.
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.
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In today's music industry dominated by corporate greed, when bands are questing not for creativity but for the all-mighty buck, it's easy to forget that once upon a time there were artists who actually made music because they enjoy it. That's why it's refreshing to see a guy like Neil Young still around, still making music, still obviously enjoying himself. This is a man who exudes rock spirit: this older man with grungy gray hair hanging around his hard-edged face, defiantly bashing on a guitar and having a great time doing it. Which is why his latest, a mostly lackluster album of acoustic country-rock, is so disappointing.
Not because Neil is any less adept on acoustic guitar than on electric: he's one of the most innovative and enjoyable guitarists on both instruments. And it shouldn't come as a shock that this musician has multiple sides to his sound. He has switched styles often over the years, experimenting with folk, country, rockabilly, blues, ambient, and even techno. But always after a long period of experimentation he has returned to leading Crazy Horse into another lunatic assault of straight-ahead guitar rock.
Well, maybe next year... but for now, Neil fans have Silver & Gold, the follow-up to 1972's Harvest and 1992's Harvest Moon. It's hard to pinpoint exactly where and why Young went wrong on this album. Whatever the reason, nothing here is as strong as "Heart Of Gold" from Harvest, and overall the album leaves the listener somewhat disappointed.
There are some strong tracks here, of course, as on any Young release. "Buffalo Springfield Again" is an upbeat and surprisingly reminiscent look back on his former band, including the wish "I'd like to see those guys again/and give it a shot/...
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