5.0 out of 5 stars After the Gold Rush and 42 years later
"look at mother nature on the run in the 1970's" - and in 2012, as this new vinyl remastered edition of the classic 1970 Neil Young album reminds us. My original is still in pristine condition and sounds as golden-warm and genuine today as it did when I bought it (once upon a time people paid for music) 42 years ago. The new release is essentially as perfect a remastering...
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3.0 out of 5 stars La época dorada de Neil Young
De la trilogía de excelentes discos de la primera etapa de Neil Young, sin considerar su debut, After The Gold Rush es el menos destacado, lo que en ningún caso equivale a decir que es un paso atrás, sólo pierde un poco su brillo al estar en medio de dos gigantes como Everybody Knows y Harvest (o tres si también se considera...
Published on Dec 6 2003 by jaimeurrutia
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5.0 out of 5 stars After the Gold Rush and 42 years later,
This review is from: After the Gold Rush (180g Lp) (LP Record)"look at mother nature on the run in the 1970's" - and in 2012, as this new vinyl remastered edition of the classic 1970 Neil Young album reminds us. My original is still in pristine condition and sounds as golden-warm and genuine today as it did when I bought it (once upon a time people paid for music) 42 years ago. The new release is essentially as perfect a remastering as you will ever find, with the same immediate presence and unique, heartfelt Neil Young voice perfectly recorded. The songs speak for themselves, most of them are now available in multiple arrangements by multiple artists. One of my all-time favourite albums, on vinyl as it should be.
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly one of Neil Young's classics,
5.0 out of 5 stars neil's best album,
It contains some "normal" songs and some masterworks
"Southern man" is among the ten best songs of rock and contains one of the five best riffs, such as "fire" of Hendrix or "brown sugar" of the stones.
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing tops this,
After the Goldrush is an album with mixed emotions. I am not a professional reviewer, but I know that the album brings out emotions of both reflection and love. It's an album of great contrast as well. Some songs like "Tell Me Why" and "Cripple Creek Ferry" are sort of light hearted and uplifting while the songs "Don't Let It Bring You Down" and "Oh Lonesome Me"...I think the names speak for themselves.
Do yourself a favor and get this album. You will never forget it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Gold Rush Moments,
I decided to take a chance on one of his earliest solo album, and coincidentially I chose "After the Gold Rush" which could be achieved very cheap at that time.
I recognized tracks like "Southern Man" and "Don't Let it Bring You Down" but the rest of the album I had never really noticed.
"Tell Me Why", which opens the album, is song in the same vein as his world-wide hit record "Heart of Gold" - a good song, but not as good as the hit record.
Excitment begins with the title track, great tune and a highlight.
His cover version of Don Gibson's "Oh Lonesome Me" is very personal, and musically far from the orginal.
"Don't Let it Bring You Down" is simply great!
I find the rest of the album is a little lame; "When You Dance You Can Really Love" has a good guitar-riff; but otherwise it does not do much for me. "I Believe in You" and "Cripple Creek Ferry" are just okay.
All in all this is a very good album; maybe not as outstanding as some reviers seem to think. Unfortunately is has a rather short playing time, but that's typical of album from that period.
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, heartbreaking folk rock,
This writing of this album was supposedly influenced by a Dean Stockwell screenplay called, believe it or not, "After the Gold Rush"; I find that hard to believe considering the highly personal nature of this album. The theme seems to be falling OUT of love, and the introspection/self discovery/guilt that goes along with it. Songs like "Birds" and "I Believe in You" have to be the most eloquently written and emotional songs of dismissal I can think of. There are a few exceptions, however, most notably the bitter attack on southern bigotry that is "Southern Man". It features some of that manic Crazy Horse guitarwork and positively SEARING lyrics. "Now your crosses are burning fast", "I heard screaming and bullwhips cracking"! Brutal. At this point I should probably mention that the aforementioned song fragments and dance numbers aren't bad in any way, shape, or form. They're actually welcome respite from the heavy emotional tone of the rest of the numbers. And the fine, fine melodies are ALWAYS present (although the sequencing is a little off; case in point: placing "When You Dance" between the two most heartbreaking songs on the album). If I was forced at gunpoint to pick highlights, they would have to be "Tell Me Why", the title track, "Southern Man" and "Don't Let it Bring You Down" and "Birds". But in reality, this album is best experienced as a cohesive unit; it ebbs and flows with no rough spots.
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior Album,
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Not one track is weak or tuneless. Every song from Tell Me Why to Cripple Creek Ferry is outstanding. After the Goldrush is an excellent piano song while following it comes the famous Only Love Can Break Your Heart. In the middle you have a terrific song, Southern Man which blows you away with the dramatic tune in the guitar and exaggerated singing. Till The Morning Comes is a nice little song with a joyful tune and good rythym. Oh, Lonesome Me is a small song about love. Don't Let It Bring You Down is a highly-underrated song (The verse singing sounds like Old Man). Birds, When You Dance You Can Really Love, and I Believe In You are tremendous. To wrap it up, the Cripple Creek Ferry comes by with a sweet joyful tune to close out the cd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible,
It's apparent that profound thoughts were swirling all through Neil Young's head when he recorded After The Gold Rush, an incredibly deep and beautiful album. From the very first verse of Tell Me Why, (Sailing heart-ships through broken harbors, out on the waves in the night, Still the searcher must ride the dark horse, racing alone in his fright. Tell me Why, Tell me why.) I become overwhelmed by an uncanny blend of feelings- nostalgia, solititude and a somewhat bittersweet sense of joy. It's strange what great music does to you. Although the lyrics at times can be esoteric, the music is always right there, lilting and swaying, conveying the feeling of the songs accurately. To me, this album is, quite parodoxically, enigmatic and distant, and at the same time, warm and intimate. The highs and lows (lows as in feeling low, not bad music- I love this entire record) of this album are acutely poignant, and there is not one piece of filler inbetween the mastery exhibited on such tracks as After The Gold Rush, Only Love Can Break Your Heart and Don't Let Tt Bring You Down. My favorite moments of the record include the sharp satirizing of Southern Man, the crestfallen lines of "It's Over, It's Over" on Birds, the wonderful "It's only castles burning" refrain of Don't Let it Bring You Down, and the whimsical coda, Cripple Creek Ferry. This is, without a doubt, one of the greatest recordings of its musically fruitful generation. I recommend it to everyone.
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly Neil Young's Best Album!,
4.0 out of 5 stars After the decades,
But now it's time to contradict myself. AFTER THE GOLD RUSH is still one of my most played albums. The title song, although a warning to the polluters and war mongers of the 1970s--and those apathetic towards them--still is beautifully melancholic with its simple piano backing and haunting french horn. "When You Dance, I Can Really Love" still kicks ass, and is still ignored by rock radio programmers for some reason. "I Believe in You" still stands as one of the era's most enduring love ballads. And finally, "Don't Let It Bring You Down" is an elegant example of a singer/songwriter's foray into the dark side of an unfeeling modern society. What keeps these and other tunes fresh is that Neil Young was very successful at avoiding the pitfalls of cliches and repetition that most singer/songwriters have fallen into (and continue to do so) over the years. Also, Neil Young has always had a pulse on what the country was feeling (interesting when you consider he's Canadian), while flavoring it with his own unique, personal touch.
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