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On The Beach

Neil Young

1974

On The Beach

Album Summary

On the Beach is the fifth studio album by Canadian-American musician Neil Young, released by Reprise Records in July 1974. The album is the second of the so-called "Ditch Trilogy" of albums that Young recorded following the major success of 1972's Harvest, whereupon the scope of his success and acclaim became apparent; Young subsequently experienced alienation, and On the Beach was inspired by his feelings of retreat and melancholy stemming from it. On the Beach is a folk rock album exploring themes of anger, alienation, nihilism and cautious optimism. Looking back on the album for the liner notes to the Decade box set, Young wrote that the experience of releasing Harvest, which inspired the despaired themes of On the Beach, "put me in the middle of the road. Traveling there soon became a bore, so I headed for the ditch. A rougher ride but I saw more interesting people there." As well as its release on vinyl, On the Beach was also released on cassette and 8-track cartridge, though the track listing for the latter formats was the reverse of that on the vinyl album. It remained unavailable on CD until 2003, when a remastered version was finally released. It has since been re-released as Disc 2 of the 4-CD box set Neil Young Original Release Series Discs 5-8. The album is also available in high-resolution audio on the Neil Young Archives website, where four additional album outtakes were added in February 2021.

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Rating

3.47

Votes

5649

Genres

  • Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
  • Singer Songwriter
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Tue Aug 03 2021
2

Not shore about this one

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Fri Oct 08 2021
5

I don't know what it is about Neil Young - his songs are not that complicated, the playing is not that flashy, his voice wavers and is almost whiny...but somehow it works. This album is captivating and every track is fantastic. I never heard any of these songs or this album before today, but every song pulled me in. Walk On was a good basic intro, but the Sky About to Rain was the first song to "hit me" - I really liked the Wurlitzer on that track. Revolution Blues had a good, driving theme. I even liked the banjo in For the Turnstiles. Vampire Blues was a very cool track and it was about this point that I said to myself "This is an excellent album"...then I got to On the Beach. It really amazes me how Neil Young can write such a straightforward song yet it carries such powerful emotion. Part of it is clearly his lyrics and vocal style, which is so raw, but it amazes me how much this song pulled me in. Motion Pictures (for Carrie) was another straightforward but captivating song. Finally, I found myself lost in Ambulance Blues. When it was over, I just felt the need to sit in silence. Wow, what a great album.

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Mon Sep 14 2020
5

I loved it! A pleasant surprise

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Tue Jun 01 2021
5

Following the commercial success of his most accessible album (Harvest), Neil Young stated that he felt like he was in the "middle of the road" and wanted to head toward "the ditch." This album is his first step in that direction, and it's a good one. There are some really clever musical moves (listen to Revolution Blues and On the Beach back to back for an example) and some very dark, instrospective lyrics. This album doesn't contain any of my favorite NY tracks, but it might be my favorite of his anyway. Best track: Walk On

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Fri Jul 02 2021
5

He really is one of the best. Something so mysterious and unconventional about his voice - seems like it should be grating and annoying but it never is. Vampire Blues is such an excellent song.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

Starts with one of my all time favorites and somehow gets better. Neil Young is one of my all time favorites and this album is exactly why. I love the soft twang and the modulating energy and mood of this album in particular. Light, sunny, and fluffy songs like For the Turnstiles into the haunt of On the Beach. Good stuff.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
5

Love this Album. What a journey. Walk On is the perfect starter and so many gems in here (Rev Blues, For the Turnstiles, Vampire Blues, On The Beach). As an album though, it's pretty bloody close to perfection. Those strings on Ambulance Blues! So beautiful and a great finisher to an incredible album.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
5

The best sort of "lost classic", i.e. the one that actually lives up to the legend. Fantastic stuff. Neil keeping it off the market for so long only demonstrates how much of a dick he can be as a person whatever his musical gifts.

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Sat Feb 27 2021
4

This album wasn't widely available until right about the time when I left Lawrence for Providence and I remember it had a certain mystique amongst my friends because of this. We must have been listening to vinyl rips from napster or kazaa or something. I remember my friend's band Ghosty even did a cover of Vampire Blues at a show once that was pretty fun. Production is definitely not smooth but not necessarily lo-fi. I find it very approachable, vulnerable even. I feel like it loses steam a little on the second half, especially with the last track, but all still prime Neil. Great album cover too.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

It's a tough thing to have a world view and to weave that into music in a way that doesn't feel heavy handed or is off putting. I think Neil Young does that well. I can't say I'm a big fan of his music, or this album, but I appreciate his willingness to take a stand, given it can easily up-end his career. Even to this day, with his most recent stance to pull his music from Spotify in response to their support of podcasts that give a platform to disseminating misinformation, Neil is demonstrating that there is value in, and values around, his artform that he is willing to defend. That principle of integrity and willingness to take a stand, is something we all need to hear. For that, I think this album is worthy of being on the list, if for nothing else than the reminder it provides. Music is far more than just audio decoration, filling in the background of our lives.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
3

On the Beach by Neil Young (1974) I’ve always been a fan of Neil Young, but I’ve never heard this album, which is shame, because it’s really good, if understandably unpopular. This is music that would have helped at times when tough decisions had to be made. Young does despair with panache, and causes the listener to take a deep breath, turn in the right direction and “Walk On”. The hope is but implicit (except the last line of this otherwise unpolitical record—take that, Nixon! [The headline on the 3/20/74 newspaper in the cover photo reads: “Sen. Buckley Calls On Nixon To Resign”. Three weeks after the release of this album, he did]). The Wurlitzer electric piano with its sometimes weirdly exaggerated tremolo spoils the dreary mood on several of these tracks (2, 3, 6). But the mournful slide guitar (Ben Keith) and Young’s uniquely forlorn voice fittingly provide the dark atmosphere for these compositions. Young explores the lower end of his vocal range on “On the Beach”, “Motion Pictures”, and “Ambulance Blues”. For those of you who don’t like his singing, you should listen to these three tracks before writing him off. This is music for a cold, blustery autumn day, when you’d like some good news, but there probably ain’t any. 3/5

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Thu Feb 18 2021
5

I recognised the first track from the days of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant on XFM. I know Harvest and After the Gold Rush well, but no other Neil Young albums so this was a treat to listen to. It feels more Country and more spiky, less lush or gentle than those albums.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
5

Thoroughly enjoyed

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Fri Feb 26 2021
5

4.5 | Por muchos años para mí Neil Young no era más que Keep on Rocking in the Free World. Alguien que podía intercambiar con Lynyrd Skynyrd o los Eagles; es básicamente lo mismo no? Hace unos 4 años mas menos descubrí que estaba muy equivocado. Su rango musical es super amplio y su ingenio para escribir letras es espectacular. Nunca había escuchado este disco, había escuchado Tonight's the Night que me había encantado y se me había hecho uno de los discos más lúgubres y pesimistas que conozco; leí que este hace una trilogía con ese disco y con otro llamado Time Fades Away (que terminé escuchando también ayer y hoy). ESTE es el disco más pesimista y oscuro. Me fascinó. Todas las canciones son un hoyo de miseria explorando todas las desgracias y desilusiones que tenía en ese momento, nadie se escapa Nixon (''Ambulance Blues''), las corporaciones ("Vampire Blues''), Manson y toda el desencanto con la contracultura de los 60s en la Costa Oeste (''Revolution Blues''), su esposa (''Motion Pictures''). Podría incluso llegar a ser un disco pesado para algunos, demasiado depresivo, pero para mí el sonido crudo, la banda que casi se puede sentir tensa y cansada, todo refleja de manera perfecta la manera de abordar temas que no se pueden tratar de manera amable. En cada canción expresa emoción y empatía tanto ante las victimas como los victimarios. La última canción que va de lo acústico a lo eléctrico ofreciendo una letra tan llana como “All my pictures are falling from the wall where I placed them yesterday / The world is turning / I hope it don’t turn away” es simplemente genial. Gran gran descubrimiento y me recordó de nuevo lo que pensé hace unos años... Tengo que escuchar más Neil Young.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Mon May 03 2021
5

Love this album

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Tue Mar 09 2021
5

Masterpiece

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Sat Jun 19 2021
5

yes yes yes love this

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Tue Mar 09 2021
5

Great album, up there competing to be his best for me.

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Tue Mar 09 2021
5

A fine album. One of my favourites by NY.

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Sat Feb 27 2021
5

Este me ha gustado mucho - a NY sí lo conocía pero no creo que hubiera escuchado un álbum entero

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Sat Mar 06 2021
5

Sotto il sole la pelle brucc

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Mon Mar 22 2021
5

(Listened to before) A beautiful album with some of my favorites from growing up. A testament to masterful songwriting. Favorite Tracks: See the Sky About to Rain, On the Beach Least Favorite Tracks: None (Maybe For the Turnstiles; depends on my mood)

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Thu Apr 15 2021
5

A really great mix of styles and just top-notch songwriting

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Mon May 03 2021
5

7/8 songs saved. One of Neil's best

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Mon May 17 2021
5

groovy! 'vampire blues' iconic 'on the beach' is v pretty pretty on the whole actually, i am really enjoying! second track sounds like 'sexy sadie' / karma police lol

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Tue May 11 2021
5

It’s all the Neil you’ll ever need to know.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
5

I actually really quite liked this. Laid back but interesting guitar rock. 4

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Thu Jul 08 2021
5

I’ve got say, I really love this album. It’s fast becoming one of my favorite works by Young and one that I can see myself coming back to frequently. It’s really quite an eye opening view into Young’s own sense of alienation and his discomfort with fame. Musically, it’s prime Neil Young, but he’s also obviously struggling with being boxed into our idea of “Neil Young” and considering how he can break free from it. It’s no coincidence that he slips in “Revolution Blues,” a song about Charles Manson, after the Harvest-era “See the Sky About to Rain.” There’s real anger lurking on the edges of Young’s ennui and he’s still deciding what to do about it. Favorite songs: "Motion Pictures" and "On the Beach."

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Mon Aug 09 2021
5

4.5

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Fri Aug 13 2021
5

Loved it! Nice and short and classically Neil Young. I've only really ever listened to Harvest and Mirrorball so it was great to have another little piece of Neil Young history to add to the rotation.

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Mon Sep 06 2021
5

Great great album. 2nd best after After The Goldrush and man it's close. 5 🌟

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Fri Oct 08 2021
5

This has been one of my favorite Neil Young albums for a while now. Every time I listen to it I can't believe that it was out of print for nearly 2 decades. Walk On sets the tone for the rest of the album. Even though it's really the only upbeat sounding track here, the song is a criticism of the southerners that still refused to embrace or even acknowledge the civil rights era. See the Sky About to Rain seems to explore fate and the possibility of difficult times ahead. Revolution Blues is a song about the Manson family and the militant beat of the track kind of drives that point home. For the turnstiles uses the metaphor of baseball to convey the message that fame has a high price. I always felt this was in response to the overwhelming success of Neil's last couple of albums as well as the success of Deja Vu. Vampire Blues sounds like it's about the oil industry, with the line "I'm a vampire babe, suckin' blood from the Earth". Side two has a very introspective vibe on all of the tracks. On the Beach is another track about fame. This time it's from a much more personal perspective than For the Turnstiles. Motion Pictures has that line in it: "Well, all those headlines, they just bore me now I'm deep inside myself, but I'll get out somehow". Both tracks seem to indicate that fame doesn't make a person happy, but it can have the opposite effect. The last track, Ambulance Blues, seems to be a trip down memory lane for Neil. Perhaps this is taking him to simpler times before he started to get famous and living there is how he coped with it. All in all, the personal nature of this album is what makes it one of my favorites by him.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
5

Always been a big fan of Neil Young. This has a lot of great works on it. "For The Turnstiles" is always a good piece for me. Not a real clunker for me, although Vampire Blues" does drag on a bit. Still, great album from him, top-notch.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
5

Received another country like album on here, damn.... Neil Young though, he is gold! His song writing is brilliant and catchy. Instrumentals are kept simple although they prove effective to getting the tone across perfectly. Mostly a few guitars, bass and drums. "On The Beach" throws you into a fantasy onto a peaceful shore. As Young calmly sings you a story. Defiently reccomend

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Wed Nov 24 2021
5

Beautiful and haunting. The music is up there with anything he's done, but lyrics really hit me. So sad and bitter. The man really needed a hug.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
5

Elite album. A late-night affair. It gradually descends into darkness. But darkness by Neil standards is not hopelessness because Neil is always defiant even in his bleakest moments. Even as the guitars grow quieter throughout the song and the mood turns more somber, Neil never waivers and ultimately tells of his critics and tells the rest of us that he won’t be denied.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
5

one of the most relaxing albums i’ve ever listened

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Mon Jan 03 2022
5

Great one by Neil

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Wed Jan 12 2022
5

Solid songwriting

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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

I get that Neil Young is an acquired taste, but I acquired that taste quite a while ago, and this is one of the albums that was involved. His cracked forlorn voice perfectly suits the melancholy atmosphere of this album... Fave track - "For The Turnstiles" has historically been my favourite, but "Walk On", "Revolution Blues", "On the Beach" and "Ambulance Blues" are all stand outs too...

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

Neil said 😤

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

so great

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Tue Feb 01 2022
5

I had never heard any of these tracks and I loved the album. Reminds me of when I discovered 'Tonights the Night' and was blown away by Neil. One of my favorite all time artists and lyricists.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

Like the Beatles, I don't think I can pick an absolute favorite Neil Young record. It would be between this one, "Harvest," and "Zuma" probably. This record is paced in a really interesting way. The first side is more-or-less the Neil Young we had come to love to-date. The second half is just pure studio stonery. And I like it all. Apparently Young and his band were ingesting the early 70s equivalent of weed gummies (called honey sliders) when they made this record. That may have contributed to the laid back and loose feel of the B-side. All good. It was a proud parenting moment for me when I heard Walden once a couple years ago in his room singing to himself "I'm a vampire, baby. Sucking blood from the earth."

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

Great album. Beautiful blues-rock sound with some clever lyrics.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
5

Neil does a fantastic job conveying the moods he feels on the songs on this record. This record feels sad, drained, and worn down, all while being a wonderfully cohesive set of songs. Favorite tracks: "On the Beach", "Vampire Blues", "Revolution Blues"

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Tue Mar 08 2022
5

Neils best

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Sat Mar 12 2022
5

I've only heard this one once or twice before, and didn't know any of the tracks well enough to sing along, but it's solid. 4.5, rounded up

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Wed Mar 23 2022
5

Such an overlooked album by Neil, I might not have liked as much the first time I heard but over the years I've discovered I absolutely love this album. However I'm still surprised to see it on the list, must be a lot of Neil on this list.

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Sat Apr 09 2022
5

I've had a beach visit that felt like this album. Apt name, incredible record.

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Sat Apr 09 2022
5

Another excellent one from Neil Young. Great mood, even better lyrics.

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Mon Apr 25 2022
5

Love me some Neil, but not on Spotify anymore! Good album, Neil's in his Rock mode here and not as folksy, revolution blues has a nice growl in his voice that I feel he doesn't use enough. Good album, liked the attitude he was giving off throughout and lots of new songs that I hadn't heard and would have added to the playlist if I could have.

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Mon Apr 25 2022
5

Neil Young a cette incroyable capacité de transmettre la vérité dans chacun de ses mots, chacun de ses accords de guitare. Ce type possède une sensibilité hors norme. J'ai dû écouter l'album trois fois dans la journée, notamment pour apprendre à en jouer les chansons.

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Tue May 03 2022
5

A champion even outside the main stage. 5 stars all over.

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Sun May 08 2022
5

This album reminds me of one of those Stones albums from around the same time that had one or maybe two radio hits and then the band filled the rest of the LP with country or blues. Here, "Walk On" was the hit, sounding very 1974 (meaning the characters were recovering from a post-sixties hangover), and the rest of the album has a nice bluesy feel. I especially like "For the Turnstiles" and the title track. Also the fiddle and harmonica interplay on "Ambulance Blues" is great and makes its length more palatable. Great cover.

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Tue May 24 2022
5

Kolejny z Youngowych klasycznych albumow, drugi z ditchowej trylogii On The Beach z 74, ditchowanie odnosi sie do okresu mainstreamowego sukcesu Harvesta, ktorego nastepstwem stala sie slawa pieniadze i popularnosc, a kazdy medal ma swoje dwie strony, wiec w tym przypadku motywami przewodnimi beda wyalienowanie z starego srodowiska, niepewnosc relacji miedzyludzkich, popadanie w nihilizm czy gniew, a to wszystko spisane na 8 trakach i 40 minutach, tym razem w spokojniejszym akompaniamencie, bo gatunkowo jest to folkowe rokowanie w ktorym mozna wylapac smaczki bluesowe, czy moementy ktore bardziej przypominaja instrumentalnie muzyke country, gdzie lwia czesc instrumentali gra sam Young, bo nie tylko gitara czy harmonijka jest uzywana, ale mozna tez uslyszec go na banjo, elektrycznym tamburyno, czy klawiszach takze elektrykowych, kolejna postacia sporo wnoszaca instrumentalnie jest Ben Keith, ktory gral z Youngiem od czasu Harvesta, tutaj operuje na rowniez szeroki wachlarzu instrumentalnym w zaleznosci od trakow, bo kazdy utwor ma praktycznie inny sklad, bo jeszcze dodatkowych 8 sesyjnych muzykow bralo udzial w nagraniach, ale nie zmienia to faktu, ze calosc jest spojna kompozycja utrzymujaca melancholijny, plazowy, jak w tytule, klimat, no i jest to kolejna z tych plyt ktore jestem w stanie sluchac od poczatku do konca, jesli akurat jestem w odpowiednim nastroju na melancholijne klimaty, bo takie arcydziela muzyczne nawet dla sluchacza bywaja obosieczny mieczem, bo niewielu jest artystow ktorzy potrafia tak wplywac swym glosem czy liryka na czlowieka jak wlasnie Neil Young, nie musze sie rowniez zastanawiac nad tym co dodac na spotifajowa plejke, bo po dramie z tym podkasterem reganowym pan Young zabral swoje materialy z serwisu, bo jest on za maly dla nich dwoch, to nie tylko on zabral zwinal swoje dyskografie po tym incydencie, ale jakos glebiej nie wnikalem, ale co do hajlajtowych trakow to beda nimi dla mnie see the sky about the rain i tytulowy on the beach, a dodatkowo jeszcze openingowy walk on, ktory jest najbardziej instrumentalnie rokowym trakiem calej plyty, trzymajacej rowna linie basowa czy drumowa przez caly kawalek, z dodatkowymi wokalami i dwiema gitarami, wiec idealny opener z bangerem

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Fri May 27 2022
5

This is a frequent listen when things are gloomy. With recent news of another (!) mass school shooting here in the US, which followed a mass shooting in a supermarket, people have been on edge and I've been thinking about music that I'm drawn to when it's dark. This was one of them and I'm so glad it popped up for me. This album wraps up Young's Doom Trilogy when his world was collapsing around him and it strikes real. It's a must listen for when you're sad, or quiet, or completative or … whatever. 4.5/5

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Thu Jun 09 2022
5

Depending on what mood you catch me, this is either Neil Young’s very best or one of his best. Bleakly beautiful? Beautifully bleak? Either way, it’s absolutely brilliant.

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Tue Jun 14 2022
5

Wow!

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Mon Aug 22 2022
5

I'm so glad to see this album! This is one of the best Neil Young albums and almost no one knows it well. The best part of this album for me is that I discovered it myself later in life (in my 40's), so it isn't intertwined with complex teenage memories. I know every inch of it and love it so much. That Wurlitzer on See the Sky About to Rain combined with the slide is just... too perfect. The banjo on For the Turnstyles is just classic and portends banjo on later songs like Old King. Good thing I have this album in my collection since Neil Young is *still* way to good for Spotify!!!

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

Great album! Especially ambulance blues, on the beach and see the skies about to rain are terrific songs. Not my absolute favourite Neil Young album, but still a masterpiece in my eyes.

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

It's good

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

One lyric about being on a radio interview alone took me out of the experience a little, as it was just too specific to be relatable. Still, such a beautiful, sad and lonely album. Loved See the Sky, Motion Pictures and Ambulance Blues. You're all just pissing in the wind you don't know it, but you are and there ain't nothing like a friend who can tell you you're just pissin' in the wind

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Mon Sep 26 2022
5

This doesn't look like a Neil Young album, and there are places where it doesn't sound like one. In a good way! Very enjoyable. YT music link here: https://music.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_n1S9ljyNSBHJ-FKC5l44V500jlmEBtt-0&feature=share

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Mon Sep 26 2022
5

great weekend listen!

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Tue Oct 04 2022
5

lovely

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Wed Oct 05 2022
5

I love Neil Young. This album is just stunning.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

Lovely, really good, I’m Neil Youngpilled baby

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Tue Oct 18 2022
5

I felt a little bit annoyed this morning when I saw this as my album. I thought to myself "they already have Harvest on the list and that's the best Neil gets, why do we need more?" But then I started listening and I think I actually like On The Beach better than Harvest! It might be that I'm listening with a more mature ear, or the songs on Harvest have become a bit overplayed for me, but this has been a pleasant surprise. That Neil Young, he's a sly one. A talented songwriter, never to be underestimated or discredited for his impressive artistry. I was unfairly annoyed and I take it all back. This album deserves to be on the list, it's such a treasure. And I love this album artwork! It's fun, but weirdly maudlin too. It pairs perfectly with the songs you get on this one. Great Monday vibes, really enjoyable listening through and through, a perfect work of art. I will say that Neil is probably still a bit too overrepresented on this list where Canada is concerned, we do have so many other great artists that deserve to be showcased too. But, that's UK ears for you, not as open as I'd like them to be...

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Wed Nov 16 2022
5

I love this album. The honesty and sadness in the bluesy title track is a particular stand out.

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Tue Nov 29 2022
5

"On the Beach" is the fifth studio album by Neil Young and right in the midst of an incredible string of albums from the late 60's to late 70's. It was the second album in his ditch trilogy (also including "Times Fades Away" and "Tonight's the Night") and inspired by feelings of retreat and melancholy from the success of his "Harvest" album. I'd say; there might be one positive song. It was recorded looser and more haphazardly than previous albums using a variety of sessions musicians including The Band's Rich Danko and Levon Helm, Stephen Stills and David Crosby....a more raw sound he wanted. Initially, Young wanted sides one and two swapped but stayed with current format. Also, of note, the album was available only on cassette and 8-Track from the early 80's up until 2003. The album begins with maybe the only happy sounding song in "Walk On," more in the standard rock sound category. An interesting guitar solo which sounds like it's in a minor key. Young sees the damage done to the earth, wars and being criticized but you need to keep moving on. I know this is the only song from this album that I've actually heard on the radio. Young sets the tone of "Revolution Blues" with an aggressive guitar. Danko and Helm in the rhythm section. Supposedly inspired by Charles Manson and perhaps told from his perspective. He goes after the Laurel Canyon Rich and Famous, Hollywood stars and his critics. I like angry Neil at times and this is my favorite song on the album. Side two which was supposed to be side one is the strength of this album. Young goes "Cowgirl in the Sand" in "On the Beach." Slow, grinding pace. Stark. Two guitar solos. The theme being the downside of fame; he's reached his pinnacle but it doesn't feel good. "Though my problems are meaningless, that doesn't make them go away." The last and longest song "Ambulace Blues" was unkowingly inspired by Bert Jansch's acoustic guitar playing in "Needle of Death." This song starts kind of in a country -way with the acoustic guitar. Add the harmonica and slide guitar. Young's very low voice tone. Far and away, the the most lyrical verses telling stories of things, events and people where things did not go too well including his criticism, Richard Nixon and CSNY. But, hey all things come to pass. This album is stark but I can't even say it's the most stark album Young has??? Every Neil Young album in this 70's time frame is worth a listen including this one. A high recommendation.

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Fri Dec 16 2022
5

Actually great folk music. Fantastic story telling. Definitely saved.

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Sat Dec 17 2022
5

I don't listen to this one as much as some of his other music, but it's freaking great, that's for sure. Definitely worthy of being on the list, I'll probably go back for another listen real soon. 😊

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Tue Jan 17 2023
5

Neil Young took his records off of Spotify (for a perfectly good reason) and even though I think I have a copy of this squirrelled away somewhere (Yay, physical media!) I needed to check this out while at the gym and since I don't have a Disc Man these days I had to listen on YouTube with a Progressive Insurance commercial every couple of songs, just like God or Old Neil intended. Despite the commercials, this album is amazing. It doesn't contain any of Young's big radio hits, instead it's an album full of deep tracks that are all the real heads' faves. Neil Young at the top of his game, his best along with it's sister album Tonight's The Night.

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Fri Jan 20 2023
5

Both blues songs and motion pictures is such a vibe

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Sun Jan 22 2023
5

This is probably my favourite album ever. The vibes, musicianship, lyrics, themes all just immaculate. Basking in the darkness of the anti hippie dream and the failed utopia. What an album

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Thu Dec 10 2020
4

12/9 3.5/5. A couple truly great records on this, namely... Standout Tracks: See the Sky About to Rain, Revolution Blues, On the Beach

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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

This was fantastic. Definitely need to listen to more of Neil Young's catalogue.

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Thu Nov 26 2020
4

Love Neil Youngs voice on this one.

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Tue Mar 02 2021
4

Great album, listened the B-side first, as per Neil youngs dying wish

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Mon Mar 22 2021
4

Chill!

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Mellow stuff, I'd imagine it would be great on a fall day when you're longing for the summer just past.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

second favorite neil young album. Vampire Blues best track.

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Sat Feb 27 2021
4

This one has a bittersweet sentimental association for me. Maria (remember her?) really liked this album, and I got it for her on vinyl for her birthday. It's not tainted by that association, but my mind associates a few songs on this album with her. I knew of Vampire Blues, See The Sky About to Rain, On the Beach, Revolution Blues before though. On the Beach is my favorite. I'm a total clichè, but Thom Yorke has a nice cover of it, which is how I first heard it, lol: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHaqT3CcZfw I actually think the original may be better, it has a nice chill/vibey feeling. I actually don't know much Neil Young. In some ways, this is a 5* album. But, it's not one I listen to all the way through. So, probably closer to 4* for that reason.

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Thu May 27 2021
4

top 5 Neil albums, but a few misses knocks it down

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

I don’t love Neil Young as a singer but the pace of this album was incredible. Really a work of art.

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Sat Jul 17 2021
4

Hells yes, so good.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Great album that makes me want to listen to more Neil Young

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Sat Apr 03 2021
4

Nothing particularly stands out to me, but it was pleasant listening.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Definitely a mood.... like the cinema song and the last song with the harmonica.

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Tue Mar 23 2021
4

This is the best Neil Young album so far on the list. I really enjoyed it! Its biggest problem is how short it is. Put your shoes back on, Neil.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

I've never really connected with Neil Young in a strong way, which has always felt odd to me, but it is what it is. I don't think I had listened to this album before, which is a shame, because I love it. I connected with this one.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

Neil Old

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Neil Young en estado natural.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Très belle musique mélancolique. Avec les tam-tams, la guitare langoureuse et banjo et ukulele on a vraiment l’impression de se retrouver sur une plage seul à réfléchir. Un album concept qui ne s’écoutent pas a la pièce mais bien en intégralité. Je l’évite: aucune Je lévite: on the beach, révolution Blues

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Sat May 01 2021
4

Rockero y con su estilo incofundible. Agradable de escuchar.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

A classic of his classic era! A bit too depressing to be a 5*, but still a very strong album.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

Nunca falla Neil

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

Really consistent and well sequenced. Short and mellow. I love it!

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