Tonight's the Night
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This album acted as a musical expression of grief for Young, who wrote and recorded it in 1973 after the deaths of two close friends who overdosed on heroin. His emotional tone and hoarse voice soar on Tonight's the Night; World on a String; Tired Eyes; Roll Another Number (for the Road); Speakin' Out; Borrowed Tune , and six more.
By 1975 Young had written some of the most enduring anthems in rock history. But from the slow, tension-building piano opening of "Tonight's the Night", he downshifts into darkness and Crazy Horse's folk-country melodies take on a guttural hum that would eventually speak to generations of punk and grunge musicians. Inspired by the overdose deaths of two of Young's friends, roadie Bruce Berry and guitarist Danny Whitten, the title track (and its closing reprise) is a hypnotic cry of "why?" Even the relative party songs, "Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown" and "Roll Another Number", fit the album's bus-to-nowhere resignation. --Steve Knopper
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This album is drunken and emotional, filled to the brim with the drug-fueled decay of the 1970s. The idealism that informed the psychedelic age of the late 60s had given way to death and incoherence just six years later. Suddenly, the excess and the drugs that seemed so hip began to kill people.
By the time Neil Young and his band entered the studio, Hendrix, Joplin and Morrison were dead. No doubt Young felt that these stars' deaths showed the true dangers of excess. He possibly might have felt that these were isolated incidents. After all, drugs expanded and freed the mind, did they not? They didn't kill you in various combinations. Maybe those three just overdid it.
Then Danny Whitten and Bruce Berry also died. Not just one person close to Neil Young, but two. The resulting confusion and grief is everywhere on TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT. This album is a portrait of a man mourning the deaths of others, while struggling to overcome his own addictions. Pretty ironic that Young and company are singing about these deaths, and sound so loaded and wasted at the same time.
The contradiction in TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT is but one of the many facets to Neil Young, who must be considered one of the most complex and gifted artists of the 20th century.
It's safe to say anyone who thinks this album is merely average should probably avoid other "dark nights of the soul" like Exile on Main Street, L.A. Woman, etc. Matter of fact, keep listening to Harvest and CSNY and you should be okay. It's probably not safe to go into the dark.
Seriously, this is Neil's best one by a long shot. He opens up a vein and lets it bleed all over the vinyl, naming names, sounding like he's on the verge of suicide, a drug OD, or both, and it's a beautiful and touching and powerful testament to the bleak era of post-Woodstock, post-Vietnam America. This album is perfectly constructed, remarkably played (dig that Nils Lofgren solo on Speakin' Out....astonishing), and the one record that I can call both beautiful and terrifying. So don't listen to the naysayers. It has less to do with the album's quality and more to do with their middle of the road tastes. This is ESSENTIAL.
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There are two ways to review this album, yielding two completely different results: one is to consider it in the context of Young's life and musical output, as such it provides an... Read morePublished on March 23 2008 by E. Haensel
Released in 1975 (but recorded in 1973), Tonight's The Night represents the darkest period of Neil Young's career. Read morePublished on April 3 2004 by Shotgun Method
The long history of rock and roll is filled with many incongruities. One of the more SEEMING incongruities has already been identified by several reviewers (I didn't read them all,... Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2004 by Rocco Dormarunno
Nineteen seventy five...the Vietnam epoch in its final spasms; Watergate and the resignation of a President...lies, lies lies...and the year I graduated from high school... Read morePublished on Dec 15 2003 by Jeff Rogers
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... Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2003 by John Russell
The words "dark," "drunken," and "brooding" appear in so many reviews for Neil Young's "Tonight's The Night" (though it is all of these, and... Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2003 by Arthur D. O'Brien
This album is so perfect! How can you go wrong with an album as beautiful as this? Truly one of his masterpieces and a record I am glad I purchased. Read morePublished on Oct. 6 2003 by doug
This LP has been called an Irish Wake and in many ways it is. Recorded by Young and the remainder of Crazy Horse after the death of guitarist Danny Whitten (heard here on... Read morePublished on Oct. 2 2003 by WILLIE A YOUNG II
I originally owned this...on the good ol' 33 1/3 rpm version..and of course never had a sound system worth a pinch of...well you know... Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2003 by Ross Frisken
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