After the Goldrush Import
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|7. Don't Let It Bring You Down|
|9. When You Dance You Can Really Love|
|10. I Believe In You|
|11. Cripple Creek Ferry|
Neil's third (1970) album brought his songwriting to the fore with Only Love Can Break Your Heart; Southern Man , and Tell Me Why .
After labouring in Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Neil Young finally hit perfect pitch--if his endearing off-centre whine can be called "perfect"--with his third album. He's equally passionate with trippy riddles (has anybody figured out what "We've got mother nature on the run" means in the title track?) and pointed protest (after 30 years of rock-radio overplay, "Southern Man" still rings with truth about redneck racism). His creaky ensemble, including pianist Jack Nitzsche and rotating members of Crazy Horse, transforms ramshackle country and folk songs into soulful hippie hymns. --Steve Knopper
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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.
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.
The waltzy "Only Love Can Break" is also great. "Southern Man" is probably best known from the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young "Fout Way Street"; I think I prefer their version to this one.
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!
"Birds" is also a great track - very moving!
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Neil Young cares about how his records sound. This is sourced from the original analog master tapes, and sounds fantastic. I wish all artists cared like that.Published 10 months ago by A. Jones
One of rock-and-roll's icons at the top of his craft. Very nice sounding recording for its age. Check out Harvest as well.Published 11 months ago by David Koehler
Huge fan of Neil Young's and this is a classic. The only reason I got it was due to the remastering. It does not disappoint. Read morePublished on Dec 17 2013 by Petronius
"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. Read morePublished on April 21 2012 by KenCo
CD came in pretty quick but the front cover had two big cracks in it and it was a present for my mom so I wasn't very impressed with that.Published on Dec 5 2011 by hj
I don't exactly consider myself a big Neil Young fan, I'm not the kind of person who would buy every album with his name on it (especially many of the albums he done in the 1980s,... Read morePublished on May 31 2004 by BENJAMIN MILER
This is one of the best albums in the rock history.
It contains some "normal" songs and some masterworks
"Southern man" is among the ten best songs of... Read more
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