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|1. Out On The Weekend|
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|4. Heart Of Gold|
|5. Are You Ready For The Country|
|6. Old Man|
|7. There's A World|
|9. The Needle And The Damage Done|
Proclaiming his intentions with "Are You Ready for the Country?" Young detoured briefly to the Nashville mainstream. On this No. 1 1972 album, even the singer's acquired-taste voice comes across smooth and beautiful--the smash "Heart of Gold," with steel guitars and Linda Ronstadt's backup vocals, is by far Young's most commercial-sounding song. His usual dissonant touches, like the otherworldly guitar in "Out on the Weekend," are less spooky in this new context. The last two tracks, the deceptively gentle "The Needle and the Damage Done" and the hypnotic rocker "Words (Between the Lines of Age)," predict "Tonight's the Night," Young's haunted 1975 classic. --Steve Knopper
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has remarked that it "is probably the finest record I've made", and
"Harvest is one of my best songs...that's the best thing on 'Harvest".
The first quote is from a 1972 interview, which means Neil finds
the CD superior to both 'Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere' and
'After the Goldrush', an assessment I would take exception with.
The second quote is from the 2002 biography 'Shakey', which means
Neil puts 'Harvest' in a class with compositions such as 'Country
Girl', 'Down By The River', and 'Mr. Soul'. I think I'd have a hard
time putting 'Harvest' in my Top-100 Neil Young songs. It's a good
number, but the competition is staggering.
Nonetheless, a look at the song titles from 'Harvest' reveals why
the album sold so well (though I doubt it would have done so without
the build-up provided by 'Everybody...', 'After the Goldrush', and
the first Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young disc, 'Deja vu'). The album
includes Neil's only number one hit, 'Heart of Gold', and a number
31 hit, 'Old Man'. More than ever Neil turns his attention to
relationship-based, country flavored selections (always a good sell)
such as 'Out On the Weekend'. He mixes in a couple heavier
rock-styled numbers toward the conclusion with 'Alabama' and
'Words', and even mixes in a couple orchestrated selections, the
"overblown" (Neil's description) 'There's a World' and 'A Man
Needs a Maid'. There is a satisfying mix in the lyrical content
between the intropective ('A Man Needs a Maid') and socially
relevant ('Alabama') selections.Read more ›
1. Out on the Weekend: Great Lyrics and a great beat.
2. Harvest: great, Great, GREAT! The title song has that country twang to it. "Dream up, dream up, let me fill your cup, with the promise of a man..."
3. Man Needs a Maid: I like Neil's emotional singing and the strings are fantastic.
4. Heart of Gold: The big radio hit. Great harp.
5. Are you Ready for the Country: I really, really like the slide guitar in this song.
6. Old Man: Another country/rock hit. "Old man take a look at my life, I'm a lot like you were". The lyrics remind me of the "Cats in the Cradle" song by Harry Chapin. Although, I like Neil's song a whole lot better.
7. There's a World: Another song with those strings by The London Symphony Orchestra. Good singing my Neil again.
8. Alabama: "You've good the rest of the Union to help you along, what's going wrong." This prompted Lynyrd Skynyrd to reply with their song "Sweet Home Alabama": "Well I heard Mr. Young sing about her, I heard ole Neil put her down. Well, I hope Neil Young will remember, said don't need that man around anyhow." A controversial song.
9. Needle and the Damage Done [Live]: A song about the despair of taking drugs.
10. Word's (Between the Lines of Age): Great Lyrics and even better music. My favorite song on the LP.
I wish I could give this LP 10 stars. The is a very classic album by Neil Young.
Most recent customer reviews
Classic album, flawless mastering, dead quiet 180 gram quality vinyl- a must have.Published 8 months ago by Mr.Vinyl
This is Neil Young at his finest. This is a must own!
Even the remaster comes is probably the nicest packaging, a nice rustic looking matte paper on the outside and a... Read more
Canadian musician Neil Young explodes on stage and emerges as the power behind Crosby, Stills and Nash. Read morePublished on April 16 2014 by Daniel
This record was recorded and mastered very well. It has that goosebump kind of sound full and dynamic. I reccomend this highly. Vinyl very quiet almost black.Published on May 22 2013 by The Seeker
someone recently lent me a cd of this album and after a couple of listens I had to dig out my original LP (bought in 1973!) and compare the sound. Read morePublished on March 22 2006 by philip freeman
This album reminds me of a southern fried version of Syd Barrett's Madcap Laughs. The songs bounce lazily along taking time and reflecting on life and the past and what is to come. Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by Jack Barrett
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