I have all of Neil Young's records on vinyl up to Live Rust, so my review is limited to this time frame. Given this qualification, I do not see how Tonight's the Night could be a Neil Young Essential ahead of Everybody Know's This Is Nowhere. Out of all these records, Tonight is the one I listen to the least. Don't get me wrong, it is still Neil Young and good music, but it's really only of interest as a snapshot of him and his band in a particular time period, the mid 70s, which they are barely crawling out of. However, Neil and his band seem to realize the narrow breadth of their escape from this destructive era. Tonight should be replaced as an Essential by Decade, and Decade should be replaced as a Best of the Rest by Everybody Knows this is Nowhere, a very underrated album with longlasting influences. This album is where Pearl Jam has been coming from in the last few years (with NY on Mirrorball,etc..). Not that this is necessarily a good thing.