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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

3.48

Votes

4665

Genres

  • Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
  • Singer Songwriter
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Not shore about this one

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I loved it! A pleasant surprise

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Thoroughly enjoyed

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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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❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Love this album

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Masterpiece

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yes yes yes love this

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

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A fine album. One of my favourites by NY.

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

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Sotto il sole la pelle brucc

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

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

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

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

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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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4.5

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

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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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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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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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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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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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one of the most relaxing albums i’ve ever listened

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Great one by Neil

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Solid songwriting

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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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Neil said 😤

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so great

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

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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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Neils best

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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Wow!

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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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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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It's good

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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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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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5

great weekend listen!

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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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4

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

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4

Love Neil Youngs voice on this one.

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4

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

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4

Chill!

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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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4

second favorite neil young album. Vampire Blues best track.

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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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4

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

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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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4

Hells yes, so good.

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4

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

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4

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

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

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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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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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Neil Old

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4

Neil Young en estado natural.

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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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Rockero y con su estilo incofundible. Agradable de escuchar.

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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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4

Nunca falla Neil

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4

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

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Buen disco del Tito aunque para mi lejos de sus grandes obras (que son muchas). Aun así con grandes temas

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4

Loved it. Couple of shan tracks but mostly treat. A man, taking 4 years to get over the 60s and adjust.

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4

Never listened to a full Neil Young album prior. Will do after this!

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4

Onverwacht mooi!

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a wistful folksy album. music for a solo road trip in autumn

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Love Neil Young

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4

Was fine

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Big fan of the genre. Relaxing with some nasty banjo

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4

Embrace the darkness, Neil. Always thought this was an interesting album. Vacillates between pop, rock, blues, country, walks some interesting meandering paths. A sort of sorrowful anger permeates most tracks—though that cynicism is often obscured by some lightness in instrumentation. The title track is pure anthemic stoner-philosopher groove. Hope you found what you were looking for.

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4

Surprise, surprise, Neal Young is a great song writer. First song very Grateful Dead, chill party song vibes. Second song has great keys. Only heard this album once, but have heard a lot of good things. On the Beach is amazing. String album that seems to fit in between his earlier stuff and later stuff. Like Harvest and Down by the River, everything is good. There’s only one song I didn’t like, a blues song about oil. Blues songs by rock musicians always seem like a phone in, they don’t have the sadness of original blues, they just using the style. This song not only vamped as a blues song but the lyrics also reminded me of Neal Young’s more recent heavy handed, zero nuance protest songs, which are my least favorite if his catalogue. Still, that being the exception, good sound, good songs, classic Neal Young.

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Incredible album, but check out those lawn chairs. I could post up in one of those, polish off that Coors tallboy, and complain about shit with Neil for hours and hours. I wonder what his neighbors in Malibu thought of this photo shoot. This seems to be the cool-music-person's favorite Neil Young record. It's also sad as hell, but somehow not depressing. How do you do it Neil? Is it because your soul is actually 75 years old and you have the voice of an unstable grandpa? When you're young and complain it's self centered and privileged but when you're old and cranky it's wise and sometimes funny. Neil Old made a fantastic record here. A-

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Prety good, really liked the title track.

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Strong album I'd never heard before. I recognized "On the Beach" and really enjoyed the first two tracks (Walk On and See the Sky About to Rain). It gets very dirge-like once you reach the end, but I have a lot of respect for simple but honest and unique songwriting, and this is a pretty solid example.

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Not his best, but a nice range of music

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just chillin with summer mood nostalgic

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Yes, I was expecting to see a Neil Young album on this list. No, I was not expecting an album that I've never heard of. I don't think I knew any of the tracks either. The music was good. After a first listen, I would listen to this album again (4 stars). "Walk On" and "Ambulance Blues" might be my favorite tracks.

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I liked this album, it was solid from start to finish. Not that surprising since I really enjoy folk rock, but yeah. My favourite songs were Walk On and Vampire Blues. I could see myself revisiting this album. 4/5 stars.

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I've heard this one! Love it! My first and only exposure to Neil Young before "Rust Never Sleeps" from this list. UPDATE: Love this album, great vibes.

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Solid groove. Wasn’t expecting this

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Brilliant songwriting. I don't often enough listen to Neil's work.

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Wonderful! Classic Neil Young.

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pretty chill. I like the long closing track.

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Great album. Not the best one from Neil Young but there are some pretty nice tracks on it

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First track is groove right off the bat. Whole album is just a vibe. I will be coming back to this one.

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Rips

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This is Neil on form. Great stuff

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Really good album

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Good, but nothing memorable.

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Snap (and almost certainly bad) judgement: the Reflektor of Neil Young's discography. In other words I've been grabbed finally. Organ and steel are exactly what my ears needed today, and you can't beat the combination of depressive subject matter with near danceability. The harmonica's entry swept me up, and Turnstiles's switch in instrumental energy couldn't bring me down. The initial impression of this record as similar to Reflektor but on one disc is borne out: The second side is far more pensive. That's closer to what I expect from Young's band, but I'm still excited and intrigued by the record. The "Blues" troika stands out initially.

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Honey Slides 😀

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I never really understood the appeal of Neil Young (that grating voice) so I didn't pay him much attention, but holy hell has this guy had his twists and turns. So many different styles; he is truly a virtuoso...and a mystery. But that got me thinking, why is it a must that I listen to this album? Had to listen a few times. Maybe it's how he is able to capture despair and just have it ooze out his songs (particularly side two). You can almost feel his pain and disdain for the world. His guitarwork is of course masterful. But I don't know, what do you give an I want to kill myself album? I read he wanted the two sides to be in reverse order and I think that would've given it a much different feel - rather than spiraling into despair, it'd be like the Phoenix giving a big middle finger (Walk On has a more upbeat, F it just be you attitude and Revolution Blues and For the Turnstiles are so angry). After a few listens I came to appreciate how much emotion he was able to stir up in his raw, stripped down style and powerful lyrics. Ambulance Blues in particular made me want to put it on again, and see what other hidden gems were in there. I know understand how he is an acquired taste; you gotta give him multiple listens.

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Beautiful album, great songwriting, a good vibe and plenty of variety. I'm becoming a Neil Young fan it would seem...

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Specialising in beautiful songs that sound so sad, this is Neil Young singing about whatever he damn well pleases with a hint of underlying anger management issues. Evocative images of waitresses crying in the rain abound and Young wrestling with his inner turmoil ‘ I need a crowd of people/ But I can't face them day-to-day’. Sometimes you want to say just lighten up, Neil. But this anguished melancholy is what he does and we derive great music from it.

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Neil Young always surprises me. This starts to ramble toward the end, but enjoyable nether the less.

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Gets depressing towards the end. Key songs: Walk On On the Beach Motion Pictures Ambulance Blues

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Walk On is a strong, joyous opener. I love an upbeat song with a sadder lyric. For the Turnstiles is also great. This whole album is the sort of Neil Young you can't help but love. Vampire Blues is a dirge, but it's then followed by On The Beach, which with a more traditional vocalist would be a soul banger of the sort sampled by the Wu Tang. Neil Young transforms it into something pleasingly idiosyncratic with his voice and lyrics.

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Neil is in fire and fury mode (the album cover itself is covertly apocalyptic) drawing his ire towards the ecology, lynyrd skynyrd and society in genreal. It's crazy that even in 1974 this feels like a mid career record for him similiar to Dylan's Blood on the Tracks and Van's Beedon Fleece) but it just goes to show how prolific these guys were during that period.

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A very chilled listen but with a haunting backdrop. Brilliantly written songs. Didn't care for "for the turnstiles" or the first half of "ambulance blues". Loved every other track

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Alright but not something I would choose to listen too. Much too slow and somber for most of the songs. Not bad, just not something I like.

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Not his best album but still very enjoyable.

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I don’t have the words, other than that it was damn perfect for this tea-on-the-couch Thursday evening.

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Rock melódico de Neil Young.

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It's amazing how bummed an album created on a fuckload of doped honey can sound. Rough as guts, but it works.

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Not the best of Neil Young's album in the 1970s but the bar is pretty high and it's still pretty good, especially the title track and the closing 'Ambulance Blues'.

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Very chill I'd definitely relisten to this one

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Neil Young recorded some great, good, decent, weird and horrible records during his career and On The Beach stands among his best. I never fully appreciated this album until more recently because I previously didn't gave it a full listen. There's no doubt his finest decade was the 70's, when he recorded and released his most classic records. This album is a low-key release from this era, without much commercial fanfare, but the depth and strength of the songwriting is undeniable.

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Enjoyable

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Really good. 8/10

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Of the 138 Neil young albums on this list this is one of the better ones. 4/5

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Un bon album de neil young que je ne connaissais pas vraiment.k’aime craiment tout l’artiste. 4.10

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I can't say I've ever listened to a Neil Young album, so going in blind here. I'm not sure I even know any of the songs on this record. It's always weird rating an album with so much history and personal connection, when you have none yourself. I love that this COULD have been hugely influential on my music taste, had I been exposed to it as a kid. This starts of nicely enough and has a bluesy/country feel that I was not expecting. I can hear some Dylan influence in here as well. I gave this a second spin immediately after first, so I guess it was pretty good.

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I really enjoy Neil Young, but this was my first listen of this album. I'm so glad it got to be one of the first 10 albums assigned to me in this project. I'd like to listen again, but Google each track as I go to see what inspired it. Apparently Vampire Blues is about the oil industry. I'd also like to listen to it again with some honey slides - apparently that's what they called the sauteed marijuana and honey goop they concocted and consumed throughout the making of the album. Another bit of interesting history is that this album was not widely available until 2003. The title was deleted from vinyl in the early 80s, according to Wikipedia. In 2000, fans signed a petition to have it released on CD, and finally in 2003, it was.

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Nice!

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A good one.

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Gillade den mycket mer än väntat. Mysgroove

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This came up in my feed a few days after he asked Spotify to remove his music. Joe Rogan sucks. This album however, does not suck. It is pretty samey, and would probably have scored higher if I had listened to it a few more times.

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Had a hard time listening to this one without Neil Young's music on spotify. I loved what I did hear though, particularly Revolution Blues. This whole album felt like Harvest with an edge.

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I am a Neil Young fan. This album sounded great to me. Haven't heard it in a long time. Great to hear it again.

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Overall a great album. Musically it doesn’t sound complex, and vocally he might be lacking when he tries to go higher but it all works. Young created a groovy/chill album that makes you want to hang out on the beach and drink beers with some friends while not having a care in the world.

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Have to listen to this on YouTube since Neil is no longer on Spotify.

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Extremely enjoyable turn from Ol' Neil, who again proves he's never just pissing in the wind. I just can't help but think this would have sounded better if I was able to listen to it on Spotify.

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Voimakasta melankoliaa ja kaunis kansi. Kiitokset vaan spotifyn Joe Rogan-diilille, ettei tätä voi kuunnella sieltä. 4/5

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Oon vasta teinivuosien jälkeen oppinut arvostamaan folkin ja countryn hienouksia, jotka piilee hienovaraisissa tunnelmissa ja sanomassa (eikä esim. melodioissa, rytmeissä tai muissa koukuissa). Ja Neil Young on ollut tässä ehkä se kaikkein paras opettaja ja ilmiselvin mestari genressään. Tällekin levylle oisin varmaan 8 vuotta sitten antanut 2/5, mutta nyt alkaa olla aika selvä 4/5. Kaipa tää on perus ikääntymistä myös. Young on mun CCR.

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Solid guitar work but very gloomy. 7/10

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7/10. Pretty enjoyable stuff, I liked Revolution Blues.

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7/10 it was okay.

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Fantastic stuff, Young in fine form.

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4.5

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A good classic folk / acoustic rock album, every song is wonderfully composed, and easy to listen to. I can't say I've ever really listened to Neil Young before, and this album was a great starter!

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Really good music. I never listened to much Neil when I was Young, but now I'm just a sucker for his stuff. This album in particular feels more melancholy.

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I'm beginning to realise I really like Neil Young

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Oh, you have no idea how much I'm a sucker for electric pianos. Anyway, I really digged this album. Neil Young's sound is growing on me a lot. A couple songs dragged for me, but even the worst tracks here are still pretty damn good.

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I miss Neil young, come back to Spotify 🥺 8/10

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Strong 4, blues blues blues

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Good mix of blues and folk. Enjoyed probably more than any other Neil Young I've heard before as a whole album

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I always thought I felt pretty middling about Neil Young. Something about his voice and his songs just never really clicked for me. That being said, this album really blew me away. Maybe his lyrics just hit me in the right way for once; I'm still trying to process it really. What I do know for sure is that this is an album I could listen to again and again. Hard to pick a standout song because I like them all, but I really enjoyed 'Vampire Blues' as well as 'Walk On.' The minimalistic, toned down instrumentals are an interesting choice, but I think they really do a service to the album. A great first half that's bolstered by a strong second half.

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Some Neil Young I hadn't heard before but really enjoyed. Quiet, pensive, sparing, and seemed to flip between moderate anger and mild joy.

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Very into this. Loved the characters in the songs. Great guitar solos. This is my jam.

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Up there with Heart of Gold. Definitely worth revisiting.

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Haunting and austere. The playing seems extra clean and there’s a tired, take-it-or-leave-it feel to the vocals. Classic, yet underrated. 4

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This album is a departure from Harvest and it again shows the genius of Neil Young. Throughout his long career he’s often diverged from the path and explored a new theme with a different style of music, but he always pulls it off spectacularly. This album keeps it relatively simple but the songs hit, and some hit hard! Not only is he a Canadian legend, but he’s one of the all time greats.

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I like this era of Neil's albums. The lack of polish on this album and Tonight's the Night works so well with the somber lyrics. I never knew the three post Harvest albums were  called the "ditch trilogy". Great term. I know this album quote well especially given I never owned it. The sides are different but both are very good.  I always liked Ambulance Blues - probably since I was a juvenile delinquent when I started listening to it so the words "You're all just pissing in the wind" worked for me.  I also like Motion Pictures which is dedicated to Carrie Snodgress who is also the likely subject matter of my favourite Neil song (and album)  - being Harvest.

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05/13/22

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27th May 2022 Neil Young’s decision to move off Spotify meant another YouTube listen. Listened while sorting stuff for the move over the weekend then went to see Nathaniel with Sav, Ben etc. Genuinely sounds like being on a beach - chilled, hazy and warm.

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Garantía de calidad Muy buen disco

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Neil Young's probably over-represented on this list (I suspect we're not nearly done with his albums yet) but there's good stuff on all of them, and this might be my favourite so far, surprisingly. I wasn't expecting much but I didn't dislike any track and some really appealed to me. Revolution Blues is a great, propulsive rocker and the title track is exquisitely despondent. A solid, cohesively world-weary collection. 3.5

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After the release of his autumn album Harvest in 1972, it makes sense that he would follow it up with his....summer album. Okay, admittedly this isn't a summer album, it just looks like one with the beach and all. This is just more really good stuff from Neil Young. He's an all-timer songwriter, what more could you want? I actually prefer this one way more compared to Harvest, partially because there are no duds on this album. Obvious standout is the slow-yet-impactful title track that kicks off side B.

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Great album. Enjoyed

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4.5

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I like Neil Young, most of the time. I wasn't expecting much from this album but I was pleasantly surprised. Great songs, great sound, definitely deserves a spot on this list.

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Enjoyed it but it was kind of a bummer. Needed some cheering afterward.

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I love this album 4

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man - didn't realize how great Neil Young is

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Really like Neil Young. This is an album I hadn't listen to much in the past but felt it was great. 4.5/5

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There is just something about that weedy, folksy voice 😊

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Pretty good. 4/5. Surprised I hadn't heard most of these songs before.

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sounds like old americana

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Heavily blues based, which is great. I could have done without some of the country touches, but I know most love that. Solid album all the way around

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Sin ser mi estilo bien, un 4 porque no me lo esperaba

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可惜我的Spotify并不能听这张专辑。

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Nae bad

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Good Neil

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neil young - on the beach notes - written in the aftermath of his album harvest being a massive hit - the lyrics across this album are about isolation, the pressure of fame, and the reality of your dreams being nothing like what you imagined they would be - neil young is not on spotify so this won’t be on the playlist fav song - motion pictures - really stripped back song where neil young sounds so defeated and honest least fav - vampire blues - if it was spookier or had more going on lyrically it would have been more effective 4.5/5

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Good Neil stuff

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Really awesome album, I had an amazing time listening to it, from the voices to the riffs, harmonica and overall country-rock-summer-beach vibe! WOuld listen to it for sure, sad that it's not on spotify Switzerland tho 4.25/5

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Chillax album lekker rustig

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false

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beachy!

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One of my fav Neil Young records. Want on vinyl.

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A última canção é muito, muito boa

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Keposaa rockia kauniilla kitaroinnilla varustettuna.

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