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After the Goldrush Import

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  • Audio CD (Aug. 6 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B000002KD9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 84 customer reviews
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1. Tell Me Why
2. After The Gold Rush
3. Only Love Can Break Your Heart
4. Southern Man
5. Till The Morning Comes
6. Oh, Lonesome Me
7. Don't Let It Bring You Down
8. Birds
9. When You Dance You Can Really Love
10. I Believe In You
11. Cripple Creek Ferry

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Neil's third (1970) album brought his songwriting to the fore with Only Love Can Break Your Heart; Southern Man , and Tell Me Why .

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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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Format: Audio CD
The song "After the Goldrush" was 1st introduced to my ears while listening to the radio in my dad's pickup truck when I was 9 years old. Twelve years later my feelings for that album have not wavered. I have seen reviews by Rolling Stone magazine that say that this album was released prematurely. Upon reading Neil Young's biography and listening to many of his other albums, you will discover that whatever Neil releases is EXACTLY what he wants people to hear.
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.
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Format: Audio CD
I must admit that I'm not very familiar with the extensive Neil Young catalouge. I have been presented to his music many times, and liked a lot of what I heard; but I somehow never really got "into" it. I liked his contributions to Buffalo Springfield very much; his songs were generally by far the strongest there.
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.
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Format: Audio CD
Before I start my review on this classic album I should point out that 2 of the 11 songs are little minute-long filler tracks, one is a cover of an old country song, and one is a hard rocking track about DANCING. DANCING! On a Neil Young record! Maybe I miss the hidden irony, but to me it just sounds ridiculous when Neil sings lines such as "When you dance, oh, oh I can really love!" But don't worry about any of that, because the rest of the songs on After the Gold Rush are some of the most heartbreaking, affecting and poignant songs ever put to tape. Beautiful harmonies, restrained acoustic arrangements and moving lyrics are this album's bread and butter.
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.
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Format: Audio CD
Length - 35:09
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.
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