Rarely can music that is this bad be so good. This is what happens when five or six guys decide to throw a wake for a couple of fallen comrades, lock themselves in a studio with a lot of booze and drugs and record the results. The playing, naturally by Young's grungy band Crazy Horse, is generally as woozy and out of tune as Young's singing. Yet the context of "Tonight's The Night" is the downside of fame, particularly an indictment of hard drugs, which permeates the majority of the songs. Particular gems are "Speakin' Out", "Tired Eyes," "Albequrque", "Lookout Joe" and of course, the infamous title track, offered at both the start and closing of the album (the first, but not the last time Young has done this.) As a statement of freedom of expression, this album stands alongside "John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band" for all it's brutal rawness. This music is not'produced', in the normal sense of the term. You hear mike hits, mistakes (and the subsequent chuckles), voices that can't quite hit the notes ("Mellow My Mind" in particular)...I'm sure a lot of people's reactions was, "Is this the same Neil Young who made 'Harvest'?!" Yes it is. An album like "Harvest" is the work of a songwriter writing songs. "Tonight's The Night" is the work of a songwriter telling it like it is. Musical fame is not all ladies and limos; it can be dark and you can die from it. This may be a depressing message, sure, but you have to admire Young and his musician's for not caring and just letting it all hang out.