I loved it! A pleasant surprise
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Not shore about this one
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.
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.
Love this album
yes yes yes love this
Great album, up there competing to be his best for me.
A fine album. One of my favourites by NY.
Este me ha gustado mucho - a NY sí lo conocía pero no creo que hubiera escuchado un álbum entero
Sotto il sole la pelle brucc
(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)
A really great mix of styles and just top-notch songwriting
7/8 songs saved. One of Neil's best
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
It’s all the Neil you’ll ever need to know.
I actually really quite liked this. Laid back but interesting guitar rock. 4
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."
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.
Great great album. 2nd best after After The Goldrush and man it's close. 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
one of the most relaxing albums i’ve ever listened
Great one by Neil
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...
Neil said 😤
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.
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."
Great album. Beautiful blues-rock sound with some clever lyrics.
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"
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
I've had a beach visit that felt like this album. Apt name, incredible record.
Another excellent one from Neil Young. Great mood, even better lyrics.
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.
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.
A champion even outside the main stage. 5 stars all over.
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.
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
This was fantastic. Definitely need to listen to more of Neil Young's catalogue.
Love Neil Youngs voice on this one.
Great album, listened the B-side first, as per Neil youngs dying wish
Mellow stuff, I'd imagine it would be great on a fall day when you're longing for the summer just past.
second favorite neil young album. Vampire Blues best track.
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.
top 5 Neil albums, but a few misses knocks it down
I don’t love Neil Young as a singer but the pace of this album was incredible. Really a work of art.
Hells yes, so good.
Great album that makes me want to listen to more Neil Young
Nothing particularly stands out to me, but it was pleasant listening.
Definitely a mood.... like the cinema song and the last song with the harmonica.
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.
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.
Neil Young en estado natural.
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
Rockero y con su estilo incofundible. Agradable de escuchar.
A classic of his classic era! A bit too depressing to be a 5*, but still a very strong album.
Nunca falla Neil
Really consistent and well sequenced. Short and mellow. I love it!
Buen disco del Tito aunque para mi lejos de sus grandes obras (que son muchas). Aun así con grandes temas
Loved it. Couple of shan tracks but mostly treat. A man, taking 4 years to get over the 60s and adjust.
Never listened to a full Neil Young album prior. Will do after this!
a wistful folksy album. music for a solo road trip in autumn
Love Neil Young
Big fan of the genre. Relaxing with some nasty banjo
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.
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.
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-
Prety good, really liked the title track.
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.
Not his best, but a nice range of music
just chillin with summer mood nostalgic
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.
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.
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.
Solid groove. Wasn’t expecting this
Brilliant songwriting. I don't often enough listen to Neil's work.
Wonderful! Classic Neil Young.
pretty chill. I like the long closing track.
Great album. Not the best one from Neil Young but there are some pretty nice tracks on it
First track is groove right off the bat. Whole album is just a vibe. I will be coming back to this one.
This is Neil on form. Great stuff
Really good album
Good, but nothing memorable.
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.
Honey Slides 😀
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.
Beautiful album, great songwriting, a good vibe and plenty of variety. I'm becoming a Neil Young fan it would seem...
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.
Neil Young always surprises me. This starts to ramble toward the end, but enjoyable nether the less.
Gets depressing towards the end. Key songs: Walk On On the Beach Motion Pictures Ambulance Blues
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.
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.
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
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.
Not his best album but still very enjoyable.
I don’t have the words, other than that it was damn perfect for this tea-on-the-couch Thursday evening.
Rock melódico de Neil Young.
It's amazing how bummed an album created on a fuckload of doped honey can sound. Rough as guts, but it works.
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'.
Very chill I'd definitely relisten to this one
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.
Really good. 8/10
Of the 138 Neil young albums on this list this is one of the better ones. 4/5
Un bon album de neil young que je ne connaissais pas vraiment.k’aime craiment tout l’artiste. 4.10
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.
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.
A good one.
Gillade den mycket mer än väntat. Mysgroove
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.
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.
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.
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.
Have to listen to this on YouTube since Neil is no longer on Spotify.
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.
Voimakasta melankoliaa ja kaunis kansi. Kiitokset vaan spotifyn Joe Rogan-diilille, ettei tätä voi kuunnella sieltä. 4/5
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.
7/10. Pretty enjoyable stuff, I liked Revolution Blues.
7/10 it was okay.
Fantastic stuff, Young in fine form.
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!
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.
I'm beginning to realise I really like Neil Young
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.
I miss Neil young, come back to Spotify 🥺 8/10
Strong 4, blues blues blues
Good mix of blues and folk. Enjoyed probably more than any other Neil Young I've heard before as a whole album
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.
Some Neil Young I hadn't heard before but really enjoyed. Quiet, pensive, sparing, and seemed to flip between moderate anger and mild joy.
Very into this. Loved the characters in the songs. Great guitar solos. This is my jam.
Up there with Heart of Gold. Definitely worth revisiting.
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
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.
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.
One of my fav Neil Young records. Want on vinyl.
A última canção é muito, muito boa
Keposaa rockia kauniilla kitaroinnilla varustettuna.
Favorites: For the Turnstiles, Motion Pictures Walk on: some of the vocals could be better. I like the trumpet/sax bit - 0.75 See the Sky About to Rain: good, but kind of slow - 0.75 Revolution Blues: good - 0.75 For the Turnstiles: very folky - 1 Vampire Blues: cringey lyrics, but good groove - 0.75 On the Beach: guitar solo is solid, but the song kind of drags - 0.5 Motion Pictures: harmonica makes this song - 1 Ambulance Blues: way too long - 0.25 Whole album has a consistent vibe - 0.25 Total: 6/8
bluesy and folksy. the album started off stronger then it finished.
Not nearly an achievement like "Harvest."
Many better albums
Nice rock album, some slow folksy ones too. Revolution Blues is my favorite.
stille og roligt men lyder lidt som gammelt musik
Not my favourite Neil Young album but still enjoyed it.
Nice mellow sound, and pretty much what I expected from good ol' Neil, but not much energy and just kinda plods along.
3.6 | Este fue mi primer acercamiento directo a Neil Young, al cual solo conocía por los montones de covers que le han hecho y quizá este no sea el mejor disco para entrarle porque según lo que leí es de la época en la que quería tirar su fama a la basura. Sin embargo me latieron mucho las guitarras y las letras, aunque su voz no es mi favorita.
La parte que es considerada la mejor no creo que sea del agrado a muchos, comienza bastante fuerte y va bajando el ritmo igual que el ánimo de Neil y sus letras. Buen country y folk, se nota que andaban bien fumados pero relax
Average, I didn't enjoy the country themes
Prima wegluister album, neil young zijn stem is super
Hey, that's pretty good
I didn't know Neil had such a bluesy side.
Neil Young is one of the greats that I wished I enjoyed more. A couple excellent songs, but most of them just floated by in the background for me.
NY halt - 3
Not as good as some of his other stuff
J'aime aimé son style musical, mais j'ai trouvé l'album un peu dépressif. Je vais quand même jeter un coup d'oeil à ses autres albums. Mon hit: For the turnstiles, j'aime toujours un peu de banjo.
Some awesome minimalist songs, and a few that drag in that blotch a genuine honey pot of an album
surprenante cette play list un album que je n'avais pas ecouter c'st pas son meilleur mais c'est neil young et c'est ok
Good niel young listening but not life-changing
Enjoyed way more than i thought i would
I was told there is a lot of Neil Young on the 1001 list and I was expecting everything other than Harvest to suck. I was pleasantly surprised - I enjoyed this, though it went by fast & I didn’t take any detailed notes.
Not bad but not one of his best
Not his finest
Nice easy listen. Liked the vampire song.
I really want to like Neil Young but he's just quite boring
I mean it’s ok. That pretty much sums this album up for me...and also pretty much any other by Neil Young. Very good song writer obviously, but lyrics only create an impact when they find an angle to relate or they are accompanied by music that’s exciting and heightens an emotion in the listener. I’m yet to experience either of those phenomenons whilst listening to Neil Young’s music...and this album didn't change that. I do understand the appeal for others though and this album is more than listenable, which is why I’m not it rating too harshly. 3 Stars!
Not too bad, actually. With zero general interest in Neil Young, this was a pretty listenable album.
Pretty mellow, especially for running, but never say no to Neil Young. Enjoyable.
Good songs. Great lyrics. Not memorable.
bah c'est cool ça doit bien s'écouter en voiture Fav: Revolution blues
Half the time had no idea what he was talking about but it sounded good
I mean, it's ok Favorites: Walk On See The Sky About To Rain On The Rain
Perfectly fine. I may not be a Neil Young fan.
Always reliably great
I am not a big Neil Young fan but the album was better than I expected.
pretty good blues album. more poppy than bluesy. 3.5
pretty good, nothing stands out but it's a vibe
I was expecting great things from Neil Young's "On the Beach", as I find that "After the Gold Rush" is a terrific record. After listening to this one, I am convinced that it lacks what I appreciated most on his previous attempt. Honestly, I find most tracks to be unengaging, with simplistic melodies and, at times, boring. Walk On, See the Sky and Revolution Blues are pretty good tracks, but it mostly ends there. As for For the Turnstiles, I find that Young's singing is ragged and truly awful. Vampire Blues and On the Beach are way too long and sleep-inducing, Motion Pictures is OK and Ambulance Blues drags on for 3 minutes too long. In conclusion, a 3 is barely warranted.
Seems like Neil had fun making this album, and just tossed it together in a few days. The lyrics seem to be letting a lot of despair out in a therapeutic way, and the musicianship is top notch throughout. No real standout tracks but the album is solid throughout.
Decent not something normally listen too.
Pretty good. Not my cup of tea, but glad I'm familiar with the album now.
36. Rasga-me o xaile que a saudade virou baile. MotA: Motion Pictures (For Carrie) "I hear some people been talking me down"
It isn't exactly revolutionary, but the album packs in some depressing, yet slightly hopeful songs into its short runtime. Favorite songs are "Walk On," "Revolution Blues," and "Vampire Blues." Least Favorite Song is "For the Turnstiles."
It isn't exactly revolutionary, but the album packs in some slightly depressing, yet hopeful songs into its short runtime. Favorite songs are "Walk On," "Revolution Blues," and "Vampire Blues." Least Favorite Song is "For the Turnstiles."
I liked the vampire song
It was OK, none of the songs really connected with me.
I enjoyed listening to this. He has a nice voice and I like the instrumentals
Pleasantly surprised. Consistent throughout.
Solid album…liking Neil young more and more
“We got 25 rifles to keep the population down” For the turnstiles
Classic Neal Young.
It's alright, standard folk
Soulful, slow, a little depressing.
ЧТО: Пятый студийный альбом великого и ужасного Нила Янга, где он даёт волю своим взглядам на мир, без прикрас предоставляя их общественности. Кроме того, альбом, обложка которого опередила своё время и могла бы появиться на любом фолк релизе в 2021. КАКОЙ: Альбом на стыке фолка, кантри и блюза. Первое отчетливо слышно на Motion pictures, второе - на For the Turnstiles. Ну и разумеется не обошлось без блюза с классическим словом «blues» в названиях песен. Местами музыка заставляет скучать, иногда завораживает. То стремится в небо, то упирается в землю. Это, как по мне, главная проблема альбома. Он, несмотря на общие ретроспективные мотивы, не воспринимается как единый альбом. Walk On заряжает позитивом, ты попадаешь на пляж, думаешь о людях вокруг, мечтаешь. И тут все внезапно обрывается, ты оказываешься посреди пасмурного пейзажа и смотришь в небо, из которого скоро прольётся дождь. Грустный, меланхоличный настрой тоже моментально уходит и сменяется нигилистическим революционным духом. А затем вовсе наступает трехминутная кантри-песня. И это только половина альбома. Музыку бросает из стороны в сторону. При этом песню Ambulance Blues можно заносить в список моих любимых песен. Музыкально это фолк, причём довольно замороченный. Но то, как на музыку ложится вокал - удивительно. Кто бы мог подумать, что можно сделать девятиминутную фолк-песню, которую будешь слушать на одном дыхании. О ЧЕМ: В текстах разброс примерно такой же, как в музыке. На Walk On Янг совмещает свой цинизм с желанием двигаться дальше и жить в своё удовольствие. Лучше всего это видно в строчках: «Люди не замечают счастливых времён. Они заняты своим делом, я - своим». Очень интересная мысль. Лирический герой только подмечает, что людям вокруг было бы гораздо легче жить, если бы они перестали идти на поводу у общества и стали бы делать то, чего им действительно хочется. Он это замечает, но тут же оговаривается, что не собирается никому указывать, что им делать и как чувствовать. «Они заняты своим делом, а я своим». На Revolution blues не обошлось без влияния Чарльза Мэнсона. После чего нас ждёт милое кантри, где Янг весело бренчит на бонго. В этом весь альбом. Есть ещё песня, в которой Янг говорит, что он вампир, сосущий кровь, что является циничным уколом в сторону топливной индустрии. Motion Pictures о любви, отношениях и на этом все. Классика. Главной песней на пластинке, по моему мнению является завершающая альбом Ambulance blues. Песня уходит в ретроспективный взгляд уже опытного музыканта на пройденный путь. Песня описывает чувства Янга по отношению к критике, Ричарду Никсону и состоянию квартета CSNY, в котором он в то время состоял. Эта песня сочетает в себе великую музыку и подходящий текст, который не внедряется в песню, а аккуратно ложится новым слоем, погружая тебя все глубже и глубже в свои мысли и чувства. ИТОГ: Если музыка заставляет человека задуматься о себе, взглянуть на себя изнутри, даже если это одна песня, это уже огромный плюс пластинке. Парадоксально, что циник и нигилист создал альбом, из которого трудно вынести что-то, кроме конструктива и осознанности. Видно, что творец себя не сдерживал, и хорошо, что так. ЛУЧШИЕ ПЕСНИ: Ambulance blues, Walk On, See the Sky About to Rain.
Nice, yes, but extraordinary? No
Carrie Snodgrass. That's a blast from the past. Ambulance Blues stands up with the best of Young's work. I got this on CD not long after it had (finally) been re-released. It was already been discounted heavily, which was a surprise. At first. If (a huge counterfactual here) Youtube had been around a decade earlier, would this record have attained a cult status? I think not. It's not quite the digression from the commerciality (bestowed retrospectively) of Harvest, it's a rather middling endeavour. But scarcity created a sense of value.
Góð plata. Frekar róleg en góð.
In his higher register, his voice is grating to me. Lower, like in Ambulance Blues, he's in John Prine mode and totally listenable. A good album, but not great. Not added.
Starts too cool, then slows it coolness down, but still a decent lp
Definitely a good album, and it has a few fantastic songs, but some just feel like standard Neil Young fare
Neil Young is usually good and rarely great in my estimation. I liked this album; it had some stompin' tracks and some more low-key tracks. It's not Harvest, but I'm glad I listened.
Damn, Neil Young can be a bummer. A competent album, mostly a collection of culturally appropriated blues.
Was an ok album to pass the time.
Neil Young has a way with simplicity, making more with less. this was a good period for him.
This is a Neil Young album I've never heard. My go to albums are after the gold rush and harvest, with others thrown in. This one I've somehow ignored, so far. I'm glad this one is on my list cause it's solid early-ish Neil Young. Probably won't become a staple in my rotation, but a worthy album for sure. They can't all be bangers, I s'pose.
bit cheerful for Neil
Aye, not bad, actually. Was expecting boring crooning, but there were some bops here. Fav new track: Walk On
I like his music in general, but, this album wasn't 5* for me.
Good album, but not my favorite from Neil Young
לא מאוד נהנתי מהאלבום
Not really my thing
It's pretty good.
This is an album I should give another try, and on a beach. Listening to it in the heart of São Paulo didn’t seem the best option for a first trial, but I like it.
I feel like there’s a lot of Neil Young on this list? I was pleasantly surprised by this one though - more bluesy and funk influences than I expected.
Overall good album, easy listening
Stabilt Neil Young album. Inga superstarka bangers men annars toppen!
Nice, easy listening album. Very typical Neil.
A couple of excellent tracks, and some very nice bass playing.
Tricky to listen now he's dropped off Spotify. Always like a bit of grumbling canadian - this is no different, no absolute bangers though, so just 3 stars
This is classic Neil Young. I love how sloppy and under-produced it is. How can something so bad be so good? I don’t know, but I dig it.
The world seems to want me to listen to Neil Young so badly, and I want just as badly to never listen to Neil Young ever again. It's not bad. In fact, in a lot of ways its good music. It's just that Neil Young is a fucking bummer, and I don't need it. Neil Young is the type of person who goes to the beach to complain about the sand. 3/5 (again, it's not bad, it just makes me feel like life is not worth living)
Not on Spotify. Couldn’t listen.
redelijk blues-gehalte. Best oké
Enjoyed the album. Young’s lyrics and music were enjoyable and moving
Neil Young on yksi mun vähiten kuunnelluista ”isoista” rokkareista. Tää levy on joskus ollut kirpparilla kädessä mutta jäänyt aina hyllyyn. Ei mulla pahaa sanottavaa tästä oo mutta jotenkin vaatisi omalle kohdalle sen että rakastuis täysillä johonkin muihinkin levyihin kin After the Goldtush:iin ja Harvest:iin 3/5
It's Neil Young, but he's on the beach. I don't know if this is core Neil Young or not, but I enjoy the style for what it is. Reminds me of Kurt Vile, who's no doubt inspired by Mr. Young. I appreciate the long, hypnotic tracks on here. I'd definitely put this ahead of the previous NY album that we received. Favorite tracks: For the Turnstiles, On the Beach, Ambulance Blues. Album art: Picture of the beach, is that Neil in the background? I really like the buried car. 3.5/5
Neil is a good man and this was a good album. It didn't exactly take me to the beach, but I'd be glad to listen to it if I was there. I particularly liked See the Sky about to Rain, again, not quite what you want at the beach.
Didn’t love or hate any of the songs but my fav was ambulance blues, 7.5 out of 10
Enjoyable. I don't care for Neil Young or this type of music generally, but it was good enough to keep my attention. "Revolution Blues" was good, "On The Beach" was very chill. On the other hand, "For the Turnstiles" was genuinely awful. That's the only bad song though, the rest is just fine. Nothing I would willingly listen to, but I wouldn't turn it off if it started playing on Spotify shuffle. OH WAIT
Very nice. 3/5
Unfortunately, I had to listen to this on YouTube (due to his Spotify situation). Regardless, the album is actually quite nice. Better than I expected! Not a big folk guy in general, but I appreciate what he's done on here.
Sure. Another Neil album. Of course I like it. But far down the list of his best
I like some of the blues licks, but overall it's a forgettable album. Didn't dislike any part of it, though!
Didn't love it or hate it. Wouldn't listen again.
I like Neil Young, but not sure why this album is included in this list. It’s a bit of a bore, buoyed only by For the Turnstiles and Ambulance Blues. IMHO. Sorry Neil.
That's a real shame - I was pleasantly surprised at the start of the album, as I am not a Neil Young fan. The first three tracks were really good, but it got very mediocre after. As a side note: Neil Young is much better when he has a band backing him (like here), compared to there being only him with his guitar and harmonica. 2.5/5
Our fourth Neil Young album. Turns out Neil Young really is all about his couple of great hits. Albums that don't have any of them, like this one, are just a collection of "it's alright I guess".
Enjoyed this more than I thought I would.
Great vibes Very enjoyable if you're in a chill mood
I've got a few Neil Young albums in my collection mostly because (a) I like his music well enough, and (b) he is highly regarded. There are a lot of serious music lovers out there who adore this man's music, even going so far as to say he is the voice of a generation and that his albums are the best of their time. I wouldn't go that far, but I do sense there is more to Mr. Young than I've yet discovered. Every once in a while one of his songs really grabs me. The eponymous track on this album does. "I need a crowd of people, but I can't face them day to day." Although this isn't a state of mind I can personally identify with, I know a lot of people who feel this way, so I try to sympathize. As for me, I learned long ago that people just ain't no good. I avoid them whenever possible.
Ihan mukava levy, mut jäi kyllä edeltävän (Rust Never Sleeps) jalkoihin
Eh. Standard Neil Young.
A few good songs but i am not a Neil Young fan
I've never really been a fan of Young, his voice isn's for me. I sort of switched off while this was playing and it didn't capture my attention at all. I kept trying to focus on it, yet kept drifting away. It's unoffensive enough, but it's not really doing anything interesting.
Not a fan
Definitely not my favorite Neil album.
Neil Young just puts me to sleep.
Letras difíciles de entender a que se refieren, muy situacional. Creo que hablan de un Neil en conflicto con su fama y la prensa. Tiene un par de canciones que me gustaron pero se me hizo lento, rayando en lo aburrido. Songs: Vampire Blues, Revolution Blues
Never been a Neil Young fan *shrug*
En realidad no conozco a profundidad a Neil. Me gustaron las guitarras y es un disco digerible. Me gustó revolución blues. Pero hasta ahí
Neil Young, more like Neil Dumb
Not a fan
2/5 sadly nothing memorable
it's okay? I guess, kinda boring
Eh. Not my favourite Neil Young, though I do like some of his stuff. More of a mellow album throughout. I did like the title track though!
Not one of his best.
Given my recent appreciation of Neil Young, it's appropriate that I'm reviewing On The Beach, but that album cover gives me pause. It's a clever and aesthetically pleasing cover, but it activates my PTSD over monstrosities like Eric Clapton's 461 Ocean Boulevard and ELP's Love Beach. I'll try by best to keep an open mind. As it turns out, On The Beach is a mixed bag. It's much more ragged than Harvest, but it never descends into outright slop like later Young releases. Thankfully, it's grounded in the solid musicianship of folks like Ben Keith and Rusty Kershaw. It also confirms my suspicion that Young's talents are much more suited to the country idiom than they are the blues/rock idiom. His guitar work on the blues songs, of which there are several, range from merely adequate to execrable. Another problem is that many of these songs barely have melodies and only the most rudimentary structures. On The Beach starts out strong with Walk On. The verses have a nice rhythmic lilt, there's an actual structure to the tune, and the arrangement has some welcome heft. See The Sky About To Rain, a ballad in the style of Harvest, continues the winning streak. Surprisingly, the tasty Wurlitzer piano work is courtesy of Neil Young! Good for him. And Ben Keith contributes tasty steel guitar on both tunes. The trouble begins with Revolution Blues. It's a nothing tune to start with, and Neil's lame guitar breaks don't help. Thank God for drummer Levon Helm, whose tight kit work gives the tune the illusion of structure. The bare bones arrangement of For The Turnstiles is surprisingly effective, with Neil Young struggling with his banjo part and croaking out the lyrics. There are a couple of reasons for the track's success. First, it's a decent tune with a solid structure and melody. The 2nd is Ben Keith's dobro--this guy is a treasure. And finally, it just seems like Neil Young's metier is country. With Vampire Blues, we're back to another dreary blues. It's made more bearable by Ben Keith's tasty organ work. From that point on, it's almost like Neil Young gives up. The songs drone listlessly on with barely an arrangement before the album mercifully comes to an end. This review makes it seem like I hated On The Beach, but that isn't really true. There are a handful of good songs, and the rest isn't actively painful, just lame.
Nothing very interesting. Can't see him having much of a career.
I hoped for so much but overall found it a bit boring.
I don't like it
Did nothing for me
I suppose it's nice, and pleasant background for doing the dishes or sitting in the yard. But this is what I would consider a classic "snapshot" album, like that one photo you have of some place you were at a couple of decades ago that sits in a drawer or a box in the closet somewhere. It brings a smile when you come across it during a rummage but it's not impactful enough for you to actually scan or frame it or make it accessible anywhere on a regular basis. Dylan, The Band, Jon Mitchell, these are all artists whose music has just as much kick and electricity today as the years they debuted. Neil Young is a Canadian troubadour who successfully built a career as a tourist of blues and folk. All respect for that, but he never struck me as someone who managed to rise above it creatively, despite a couple of tunes that are. Classic Rock radio staples. Back in the box!
More captivating than 'Harvest' in its composition and instrumental execution, but still lacking a singular focus. Tracks drift mindlessly from one to another without any sense of cohesion, even taking into account the beach theme.
Same old Neil Young
Just never got into Young.
This was ok, but didn’t really do much for me, not one I’d come back to.
Too Neil Young
Bit ploddy and self indulgent. Not a Young album I'll be rushing to return to.
Neil Young's fifth folk rock album. It is a moody, pessimistic piece that was recorded crudely, but has some hidden gems. Similar to other Neil Young albums, this one was not popular at release, but gained fans over time. Now it is certified gold. This album feels like Young coming to terms with his newfound fame - from previous album "Harvest" - and turning his experiences from this into songs. Some of his most emotional songs are on this album. I liked the whole vibe of the album, but wouldn't go out of my way to listen to any of the songs again.
Oje. Vielleicht hab ich heute einen guten Tag, aber ich halte das für eine gute 2.
I like Neil Young, and I like this Album, but there's too much of him on this list. I don't think it belongs on here despite it being an interesting part of the Neil Young story.
I struggled with this album, despite multiple listens. It's hard to separate this from Neil's other solo work, against which it stacks up poorly. Some standout tracks, like Revolution Blues or title track On The Beech have the scale I remember from Harvest, but others, like See the Sky About to Rain, sound like a airport-hotel lounge-act going through the motions.
Done by second song. Maaaybeee on the deck in a warm summer night with mood enhancers
Not good !
This isn't good. At all.
There are so many great Neil Young albums and this is the crappiest one I've heard. Sounds like he was drinking Tequila all night.
jag vet inte tilltalas inte av sexistisk rasistisk och homofob musk?
Blues, bom, porem não é o meu gosto
Country I like 👍