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After The Gold Rush

Neil Young

1970

After The Gold Rush
Album Summary

After the Gold Rush is the third studio album by the Canadian-American musician Neil Young, released in September 1970 on Reprise Records, catalogue number RS 6383. It is one of four high-profile solo albums released by the members of folk rock group Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in the wake of their chart-topping 1970 album Déjà Vu. Young's album consists mainly of country folk music along with several rock tracks, including "Southern Man". The material was inspired by the unproduced Dean Stockwell-Herb Bermann screenplay After the Gold Rush. After the Gold Rush peaked at number eight on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart; the two singles taken from the album, "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" and "When You Dance I Can Really Love", made it to number 33 and number 93 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100. Critics were not immediately impressed; the 1970 review in Rolling Stone magazine by Langdon Winner was negative, with Winner feeling that, "none of the songs here rise above the uniformly dull surface." Village Voice critic Robert Christgau was more enthusiastic, saying: "While David Crosby yowls about assassinations, Young divulges darker agonies without even bothering to make them explicit. Here the gaunt pain of Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere fills out a little—the voice softer, the jangling guitar muted behind a piano. Young's melodies—every one of them—are impossible to dismiss. He can write 'poetic' lyrics without falling flat on his metaphor even when the subject is ecology or crumbling empire. And despite his acoustic tenor, he rocks plenty. A real rarity: pleasant and hard at the same time." Critical reaction has improved with time; by 1975, Rolling Stone was referring to the album as a "masterpiece", and Gold Rush is now considered a classic album in Young's recording career. In 2014, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

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Genres
Rock
Folk
Singer Songwriter

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Thu Jun 22 2023
5

Of fucking course Neil Young comes out again on a day when I'm in the car and can't piss about with YouTube. So after Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, i know there is Neil Young albums out there that i can enjoy. This is probably his most famous one? maybe tied with Harvest. First track wistful and gorgeous. a great opener. The title track also fantastic, Neil doing his silly falsetto whine on this one that in just can't take seriously, but its a great track. Only Love Can Break Your Heart I heard first as the St Etienne cover, but have heard this before and its also great. We're really doing very well here Mr Young. Southern Man is a little bit meh folk rock, but some really nice picking at the end, is that Nils Lofgram? An ad between literally every track so far. cheers Neil. Till the Morning Comes, another great ditty. Lonesome Me doesn't do much for me, Don't Let it Bring You Down sounds like a bout 4 different songs which all came after it. Birds is gorgeous, When You Dance is a lively rocker and good. I stuck Everyone Knows on later on to see which I preferred and I think it's still that for me, but overall v much enjoyed.

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Tue Sep 26 2023
5

I can only hit 5 stars so fast, you know?

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Tue Jun 20 2023
5

A quintessential lying on the floor and thinking about why he left you while the rain pours outside and the heater’s on the fritz album. Simply superb.

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Fri Sep 08 2023
5

Seminal early Young. Evocative of a loss of innocence and the instrumental embellishments of horn and piano thru out are very tasteful. Perfect.

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Fri Oct 27 2023
5

Wasn't on Spotify so just listened to Southern Man for 40 min straight. Great song. Know the album like the back of my hand anyway, incredible.

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Tue Nov 07 2023
5

After The Gold Rush is a quintessential Neil Young manoeuvre, parsing a never-to-be-filmed script from his 60s-fried neighbour Dean Stockwell to badge a bunch of songs he had already, inspire a couple of god-puncher new ones, and knock them all together into a perfect undulation of ballad, rocker, folk lament and whimsy, irrefutable evidence that Young is a lot more clear-eyed and calculating in record arrangement than his "we just banged this out in a weekend" demeanour might suggest. He had an absolute armada of treasure galleons over the '70s, and from both what he put out then and what has come out recently, he was wily in how he rationed it. More of a journey than a trip, duke. Very amused to read that he has trouble singing some of these lines as they are now gibberish to him too. Such magnificent gibberish, though!

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Mon Dec 18 2023
5

Somewhere between a solid listen and changed my life

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Mon Jan 01 2024
5

10 out of 10. The idea that an old metalhead like me would be so enthralled by Young's slow and easy guitar solos astonishes me. On one hand you have some Herman Li solo with 10 billion notes, on the other Young hangs out on 4 or 5 notes, but the emotion is bleeds nourishes my soul.

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Mon Jun 19 2023
4

Thoroughly enjoyed. Very melancholy album sung through a beautiful voice

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Fri Jun 09 2023
1

Not on Spotify except one song. It was a shit song. Probably not a 1/5 in truth but I just hate him so much.

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Thu Jun 29 2023
5

This album has some of my favorites on it. Listening to it as a whole really brings everything into focus though. The album is extremely melancholic, yet Neil Young is such a gifted lyricist, that there is no over reliance on metaphor and I don't get a sense that he's wallowing in his emotions; they just are what they are. After listening to quite a few Neil Young albums as a whole, I think that this might be my favorite.

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Fri Jul 28 2023
5

Thanks for pulling all your music from Spotify, Neil. I get it. I support it. But, also, I miss having it on hand. "After the Gold Rush" isn't my favorite Neil Young record but it's among them and is worthy of 5 stars.

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Fri Oct 20 2023
5

This is a fucking masterpiece.

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Sun May 19 2024
5

It’s kind of amazing how Lynyrd Skynyrd completely missed the point of “Southern Man” (and “Alabama”, from Harvest) when they responded with “Sweet Home Alabama”. In fact, they pretty much proved the point Neil Young was making in those songs: that the south was unapologetic in its past and then-current bigotry. “Sweet Home Alabama” praises segregationist/racist Alabama Governor George Wallace, Richard Nixon’s abuse of presidential power against a political rival and implies that Neil Young should be the one with a guilty conscience…because, uh…he is against those things? That song is pretty much the musical equivalent of saying “Mind your business, Yankee”. Which would be fine, I guess, if “Southern Man” and “Alabama” hadn’t been such well written and damning condemnations of the southern populist attitudes of the day. Like I said, Lynyrd Skynyrd only proved his point. Thats enough about Skynyrd, the confederate flag waiving doofuses, we’re here to talk about After The Gold Rush: Another classic Neil Young album in a string of classic Neil Young albums that were released between 1969 and 1979. Put any 70’s artist up against Neil Young’s catalog in that time. You’ll find very few whose output comes close to matching that of Neil Young’s in terms of consistency, quality and longevity. I’d argue that David Bowie is maybe the only one who comes close. The two are similar in at least one respect: Their steadfast adherence to their artistic visions in the face of massive success resulted in some of the greatest albums of the decade, if not all time. “After the Gold Rush” sits comfortably among the all-time greats.

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Sat Apr 06 2024
4

I love Neil. He’s probably one of my top ten music artists of all time, certainly top twenty. One of the coolest music listening moments I’ve had in a while came while listening to this album. The title track was playing, and it occurred to me that in the last verse he’s singing about the future moment when HUMANS LEAVE PLANET EARTH TO GO TO A NEW HOME PLANET. The title track is easily one of my favorite songs of his or anyone else’s, but I had never put that together before (I had eaten an gummy that probably helped…) and I think it’s just a brilliant lyric. With the work that Space X and others are doing now on laying the groundwork for making humans a multi-planetary species it’s an even more ominous and prescient song than when written - I think it’s one of the best songs of all time. All that said, while I love this album I actually don’t rank it as high as many do among Neil’s vast catalog. It actually loses me in the back half far more than EKTIN, Harvest, On the Beach, Tonight’s the Night, and Rust Never Sleeps at the very least. The first 4 songs are strong, but to me the title track is by far the highlight. There’s one other track that makes me think deeply on this one. As someone born and raised and actually still living in the American south, I have mixed feelings about Southern Man. Not that the America Southern Man doesn’t need critiquing, far from it. I’m not a fan of generalizing, and while many in the south were definitely super racist and loud about it in the 70’s, I wish Neil had acknowledged somewhere in the song that (A) not everyone in the south is a racist, far from it and (B) racism is certainly not isolated in the American south, far from it. My grandparents were in their 40’s when this song was written, and they were all exceptionally against Jim Crowe, taught both of my parents that we're all equal, and those lessons passed to me. Were there, hell, are there systemic problems of inequality in the south and a disproportionate amount of southern men that were outwardly racist, absolutely. I am far from proud of the entirety of the history of the American south. I also think that addressing concerns about in a song called Southern Man is a bit divisive, and doesn’t credit where progress has been made. I think this is why Lynyrd Skynyrd (a far more progressive band than most people realize) had issue with this song as well. One of my favorite musical fun facts is that Neil and Ronnie Van Sant became really great friends after Sweet Home Alabama, and Neil was a pallbearer at Ronnie’s funeral. Unfortunately I can’t be too hard on Neil and it’s easy to see why a song like this is necessary: there’s a fucking confederate flag flying just 30 miles or so from Greenville, SC (where Lynyrd Skynyd’s fateful plane took off from) today in 2024. For a more nuanced critique on the Southern Man, listen to the Southern Rock Opera album by Drive-By Truckers (one of the greatest American rock bands ever); the “duality of the southern thing” describes the American south as succinctly and accurately as is possible I think. I digress…. TLDR: I love Neil, the title track is an all time great song and worth stars for by itself, Southern Man is complicated to me, and the back half is a bit boring to me.

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Tue Jun 13 2023
3

I’ve never really been into Neil Young, it was okay but probably won’t listen again

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Fri Feb 16 2024
3

Not a bad album, just a bit more Neil Young than I care for in one sitting. Some good song here though. Southern Man and Only Love Can Break Your Heart

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Sun Jun 25 2023
2

Went in expecting to hate it based on Neil's other work on this list. Didn't hate it. Didn't really like it either. I just don't really like his voice. It's whiny and grating.

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Mon Dec 04 2023
2

Quintessential folk rock protest music. Profound lyrics unfortunately sung by Neil Young. Lynyrd Skynyrd’s least favorite album.

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Wed May 15 2024
2

I didn't know Neil Yung's work, I like the way he writes and the intensity of his writing. The tracks "After the Gold Rush", "Southern Man" and "When You Dance I Can Really Love" deserve a special listen.

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Tue Jun 13 2023
5

classis a little bit high lol

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Sat Jun 17 2023
5

Segona obra mestra de Neil Young consecutiva... i encara no havia arribat al seu cenit. Aquí, predint ja una carrera plena de canvis, abandona el rock estrident i les jams amb els Crazy Horse que definien 'Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere' i dona el protagonisme a la guitarra acústica, el piano, i les meditacions introspectives. El canadenc en un estat de forma imparable

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Sat Jun 24 2023
5

Classic album of a legend, before he tried to pull off some heavy metal, punk stunts in his later career... Folk rock at its best!

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Wed Jun 28 2023
5

Beautiful, haunting and heartbreaking, this collection of songs show Young at his finest .

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Sun Jul 02 2023
5

Vital escutar esta obra-prima. Sempre vai cativar os ouvintes com sua profundidade emocional e brilho musical, devido à sua composição excepcional, diversidade musical e atmosfera íntima. Cada música conta uma história cativante e evoca uma gama de emoções, mostrando a habilidade de Young de criar letras atraentes, ao abranger uma variedade de temas, incluindo amor, perda, ambientalismo e questões sociais. A paleta sonora do álbum é rica, apresentando violão, piano, violão lap steel e harmonias vocais exuberantes. Essa diversidade cria uma experiência auditiva única e envolvente.

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Tue Jul 11 2023
5

Some of Neil Young’s best work. The title track is exceptional, evocative songwriting

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Wed Jul 12 2023
5

tellement un classique, on peut pas passer à côté. 5

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Fri Jul 14 2023
5

Years ago after listening to the Rivals podcast on Neil Young vs Lynyrd Skynyrd, I listened to Southern Man for the first time and thought it was so boring. This time it was so good

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Sat Jul 15 2023
5

10/10 one of Neil Young’s best albums some really fantastic songs throughout

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Tue Jul 18 2023
5

Another one of Neil's classics, perhaps a little gentler than Harvest except for the absolutely scathing Southern Man. Love it.

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Thu Jul 20 2023
5

Album 110 of 1001 Neil Young - After the Gold Rush Rating : 5 / 5 Favorite Track : After the Gold Rush I like my Neil Young. This one doesn't disappoint. Great collection of songs. May be pushing it with the '5' but I listed through twice more and am good with it.

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Mon Jul 24 2023
5

I love Neil Young and I love some of his music but I only like lots of it.

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Tue Aug 01 2023
5

i’m a genuine sucker for both neil young and folk rock sung in a kinda weird voice. this is both, and it rules. also the lyricism

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Wed Aug 02 2023
5

Exactly what I needed today and what I want when putting on Neil Young or any of his pals: go lucky, catchy music one can always listen to

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Wed Aug 02 2023
5

5.0 + Been listening to this record continuously for the better part of a week and it keeps sounding better and better.

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Sun Aug 06 2023
5

This Neil Young album is arguably better than Harvest, with every song being great. My favorite song is ‘Southern Man’; it’s got a great melody and lyrics, and it’s way better then ‘Sweet Home Alabama’, which it inspired. The rest of the album is no slouch, though. This is one of the Neil Young albums I have less to say about, so bye.

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Mon Aug 07 2023
5

this whole thing is making me realise I absolutely adore neil young, haven't heard a bad album yet

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Sun Aug 20 2023
5

Evergreen Neil album, the soundtrack to the exact moment when the hippy revolution fizzled out and the freaks all got proper jobs and mortgages - though still smoked dope. If this was the soundtrack to a film it would be the key party scene in The Ice Storm.

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Tue Aug 22 2023
5

Neil Young at his very best. Beautiful songs performed with incredible care. This is an album that is free of time and space. After The Gold Rush doesn't need to prove anything.

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Tue Aug 22 2023
5

Tämä levy on melodisesti uskomaton saavutus - ja tietenkin myös tulkinnallisesti. Kaikki paitsi Don't Let It Bring You Down ovat hyviä. Voit huokaista helpotuksesta.

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Wed Aug 23 2023
5

So familiar, yet so new. Fabulous album. Just perfect.

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Thu Aug 24 2023
5

A record of extraordinarily high quality from such a young artist. “Tell Me Why” sets an easy tone, hinting at the mix of delight and melancholia to come. Title cut is an all-time rock lyric and Neil’s eccentric vocal style has never been more effective (“Look on Mother Nature on the run in the nineteen-Seventies.” is just haunting.) “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” is another classic. Drop out the controversy and “Southern Man” is a pretty great rock song, dark and edgy. All of the cuts work on their own terms, and offer a bit of a hootenanny feel that smoothly mixes the sad with the, well, not-sad. Even the upbeat cuts have a touch of wistfulness, and/or blues. “Til the Morning Comes” is a nice bouncy little interlude which sets a context for “Oh Lonesome Me” which could be laughably mawkish but the high, oddball vocals and lovely playing (harmonica especially and that brief, understated solo on the outro [which woulda been nice to hear more of]) elevate matters such that it feels quite relatable (honest and, thus, affecting) in the end. “Old Man” is unimpeachable, if seeming a little downgraded a bit by overexposure, while the solemn and stately “Birds” shows just how pure and strong (that is not quavering and breaking) Neil could make his voice. “When You Dance” is underrated in the extreme. Lord knows that “Cripple Creek Ferry” is awfully good for being the arguably the weakest tracks here, besides being far better than the Byrds silliness of the same name. Looking back, few artists have ever gone off to such a great start in their career. The quality is all the remarkable for the steady and voluminous output of early years; his solo albums 2-5 are all rightfully represented here, and all released within.

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Tue Aug 29 2023
5

It's a great Neil Young album, unfortunately by not being on Spotify I was also greeted with ads between most tracks, which took away from the overall vibe. Still, what a wonderful lyricist - it's hard not to care deeply about what he's singing about or be reflective when he sings. Cheers Neil.

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Thu Aug 31 2023
5

My favorite Neil album. As a teenager I would listen to a cassette copy on my walkman over and over while mowing lawns.

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Sat Sep 02 2023
5

My Neil Young hot take is that I might like this album more than Harvest. Another from Dad's vinyl collection, so I feel a connection to my Pops when I throw this one on. Beyond that, the melodies and lyricism here are just fantastic. It's a great listen, and it's in and out in barely half an hour. Canadian excellence.

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Sat Sep 02 2023
5

Neil Young is always good stuff.

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Tue Sep 05 2023
5

Love it, and very childhood memorable.

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Tue Sep 26 2023
5

Young Neil is badass and I often come to this album more than Harvest

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Thu Sep 28 2023
5

Neil Young has a lot of records and I only really know Harvest and After the Gold Rush, but I really love this record. Especially lonesome me, and only love can break your heart.

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Sat Oct 07 2023
5

A great folksy time from Neil. It's a low 5 for me, but it does break through I think.

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Sat Oct 07 2023
5

Classic Neil Young. One of his best for sure. And while I appreciate his moral stance on not having his music on Spotify, I wish he would think of his fans! C'mon Neil! 5 stars.

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Tue Oct 10 2023
5

Favourite songs: After the Gold Rush, Southern Man, Only Love Can Break Your Heart, Birds, "Oh, Lonesome Me", Cripple Creek Ferry Least favourite songs: Till the Morning Comes 5/5

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Tue Oct 10 2023
5

Neil can do no wrong in my book. Live Rust with Crazy Horse is still my favorite but this is great

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Tue Oct 24 2023
5

Neil's songwriting and guitar playing on this one is sublime

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Wed Oct 25 2023
5

Excellent Neil Young record that includes some iconic songs with a just slightly undercooked sound to make it feel like it was a recorded as live takes in a small studio.

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Wed Oct 25 2023
5

I love Neil, one of his classics with some big singles, title track and Southern Man.. Though my favorite part is the last 3 songs of side two.. Love those songs.

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Thu Nov 02 2023
5

Listened to it many times before he left Spotify (screw JR)

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Fri Nov 03 2023
5

Usually not into folky rock but this was really great and impressive and can see why so many people respect his work. Everything that bozo Bob Dillon wishes he could be, that's for sure. 8/10

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Tue Nov 07 2023
5

This album is so right up my alley!

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Fri Nov 10 2023
5

This is good rock and roll music. I had forgotten how good it is

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Mon Nov 13 2023
5

Lovely album. Too bad he's being a prat about Spotify.

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Wed Nov 15 2023
5

One of my favorite. An absolute classic. So many memories of singing Neil around the campfire.

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Sat Nov 18 2023
5

Simple, straightforward, nothing fancy, and yet still brilliant. Just a timeless sound for me. Not as much of a favorite as Harvest but it's a good one. Don't Let It Bring You Down is my favorite, but Only Love Can Break Your Heart is next.

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Sun Nov 19 2023
5

Such a goddamn beautiful album that it should be made available the world over on Spotify, no matter what Mr. Young demands. You can tell me this is Old Neil's best album and I'll silently nod in agreement.

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Wed Nov 22 2023
5

Absolute gem, every track brought me back in time.

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Thu Nov 23 2023
5

Just beautiful. Slow songs that just take you away, heavier songs that make the lyrics scream. Beautiful album. 5/5

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Mon Nov 27 2023
5

So many great songs in such a short space of time.

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Tue Nov 28 2023
5

Makes me feel very emotional and nostalgic. I listened to this back to back twice all through. I know some people don’t like Neil Young‘s voice, but it is beautiful to me. This was my dad‘s kind of music and made me think of him a lot. For that reason and many others…

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Thu Nov 30 2023
5

One of my top albums for sure

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Sat Dec 02 2023
5

It is rare for an artist to release 3 consecutive essential albums, but between 1969 and 1972 Neil young did it with “Everybody Knows This is Nowhere”, “After The Gold Rush” and “Harvest”. He also managed to squeeze in “Deja Vu” with Crosby Stills Nash and Young in that span. These are all albums that made an impact, tgat could be considered <I>important </I>. This would be a great album independent of the others, every song is solid, and it includes several of my favorite NY songs. I have 16 of the 21 albums NY put out between 1969 and 1990. After The Gold Rush is certainly in the 1/2 dozen I’d rate 5 stars. 5/5 Aside: it seems that this album is blocked on Spotify, that’s a bummer. But not a problem since I own it on vinyl and CD.

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Sun Dec 03 2023
5

Great album but not even my favorite Neil Young.

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Tue Dec 05 2023
5

Neil Young #4 and this might be recency bias, but if this list could only have one Young/Crazy Horse I’d probably choose this one Tracks 3-5 together are a real Canadian rock powerhouse (recorded in California, yadda yadda, give us this please) Thought the sad-sack performance of “Oh Lonesome Me” was uncharacteristic until I realized it was a cover. Still really like the song An all-weather classic HL: “Tell Me Why”, “Only Love Can Break Your Heart”, title track, “Southern Man”, “Oh Lonesome Me”, “I Believe in You” December 4, 2023

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Thu Dec 07 2023
5

After the Gold Rush may be as good, maybe better than Harvest in my mind. Rocky, folky, country this album is in my top 10 for sure.

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Thu Dec 07 2023
5

Another classic. Pre Crazy Horse so it's sure golden Neil. Always love "Don't Let It Bring You Down" and for novice listeners, the "non" hits are great. Enjoy!

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Tue Dec 12 2023
5

Neil Young made better CSNY records without CSN. Masterpiece, got the singer songwriter 70s rolling, downhill.

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Fri Dec 15 2023
5

Just became one of my favorite albums. I know a lot of songs from it but never heard together.

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Tue Dec 19 2023
5

Beautiful late 60s/early 70s album with Neil's signature sound. The emotion streaming through these melancholy songs sound like they come from a much older person. There's just an undeniable beauty and truth that leaps from the speaker when this album plays. Don't Let It Get You Down is insane. I've been loving this album for 30+ years and it still hits hard.

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Sun Dec 24 2023
5

I enjoyed this album… quite a good selection from Neil Young. I was familiar with After the Gold Rush (I know one other person who may consider Nana Mouskouri’s cover the definitive version) and Southern Man. In a bit of turnabout, I was surprised that one of my favorite songs today was Neil Young covering Oh, Lonesome Me. What a lovely version! This was a concise, enjoyable album that I am happy to see on this list.

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Sun Dec 24 2023
5

I've become quite fond of Neil Young's song-writing and musicianship. This is another good one.

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Sun Dec 24 2023
5

I am not exactly sure how to say this...I really really enjoyed listening to this album.

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Sun Dec 24 2023
5

So, this being album number six, it's been embarrassing to look back on how many times I've stated my feelings about Neil Young, only to have had to revise them with each subsequent album. (The one constant is that voice.) The more I listen to this one the more I settle into its mellow grove and the more I'm enjoying it. These are wonderful songs (as evidenced by some wonderful covers by other artists). It's a great album.

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Mon Dec 25 2023
5

Another great Neil Young album on the 1001. Tons of great songs here, some of which sound like they were probably meant for CSNY, but that's ok (mostly due to CSNY-type harmonies, e.g., Tell Me Why, When You Dance I Can Really Love, I Believe in You). Southern Man is an absolute classic, deservedly so (take that Lynyrd Skynyrd!). If I had to pick one song to play for someone asking, "What does Neil Young sound like?" this is the one I'd pick. Only Love Can Break Your Heart and Birds are both beautiful songs (I'm a big fan of Only Love Can You Break Your Heart - the chorus is perfect). Don't Let It Bring You Down has a great chord progression and When You Dance I Can Really Love is built on great riffs. I could go on and on. Just a great album start to finish and an easy 5.

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Mon Dec 25 2023
5

The three big songs on this album are truly incredible. After the Gold Rush and Only Love Can Break Your Heart are soft, poetic tear-jerkers while Southern Man is an angry, rocking piece of social commentary that in part helped spawn one of Lynyrd Skynyrd's greatest hits Sweet Home Alabama. Those two songs are forever locked together in rock lore. I think those three songs (tracks 2-4) come so quick and loom so big that I was quick to dismiss the rest of the album as just okay. Tell Me Why and Til the Morning Comes (tracks 1 and 5) might indeed be propped up by how close they are to the big songs. But Oh Lonesome Me (track 6) and Birds (track 8) are two other great sad pieces, while Don't Let It Bring You Down (track 7) and I Believe in You (track 10) are sad in a cleverly twisted way - you think they're about hope but really they're dark and bleak. It shows how good Young is as a lyricist and they're just as emotional as the pure sad songs. When You Dance I Can Really Love (track 10) is another great rocker on this album. I guess in the end it's Cripple Creek Ferry that I don't really like - I wish he had just left that off the album. To me, this album is an easy 4 but when I truly give the lesser known songs a careful listen, it's a 5.

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