I really don't like Neil Young. Like... I really don't. This release from '75 has an undeniable disco stank on 'em. On top of the unappetizing disconess, Neil's voice is... raw and unrefined. Again, not in a good way. More in a, "Oh buddy, maybe you shouldn't try to hit those notes" way. It makes me appreciate the earlier Neil Young album that I reviewed a bit more. That said, after reading the wikipedia article on this album, I think I understand it a bit more. Apparently, this album was written in a time of grief and recorded over the course of two days while Neil was processing the loss of his friends. This DOES have an exceptionally raw feel to it and, for all that I don't think these songs and recordings stand on their own, the album really does communicate the almost nihilistic grief of post-Vietnam era young man.
La coqueluche de Robert, l'homme le plus représenté de la liste faisait son apparition aujourd'hui. Et on peut dire qu'il frappe fort du poing sur la table. En effet, Neil Young va passer la totalité de l'album à invectiver le serveur du bar au sein duquel il enchaîne les whisky depuis l'ouverture, en matraquant son poing solide sur le bar, un grave "un autre" s'esquivant de sa bouche. Nous finirons cette écoute par quelques vomissements, ainsi qu'un leger coma pour le Neil. Comme on dit de par chez nous, pose la bouteille si tu sais pas boire.
Tonight's the Night is a spectacle of raw, unfiltered tragedy. The opener is emotionally devastating, as Neil Young's voice croons and squeaks, soaring and collapsing through a set of lyrics about his dead friend Bruce Berry. Speakin' Out is wistful, melancholic, and evokes a sense of the band playing to dull the pain. World on a String works surprisingly well either in spite of or due to its roughness, but it's not as necessary as some of the other cuts. Borrowed Tune sketches a portrait of a sad, questioning, regretful artist wasted out of his mind at night's end. Come on Baby Let's Go Downtown is bright and bouncy and painful, as Danny Whitton who was instrumental in Neil Young's previous efforts delivers a posthumous performance that brings the house down. It reminds us what has been lost (the light that no longer shines) and provides a respite from the album's downtrodden tunes. Mellow My Mind is initially the least notable cut here, but its longing search for harmony and tranquility really sticks in the soul. To start side two, Roll Another Number is musically ambitious and describes Young's sense of anger at the industry that stifled the release of this album for so long. After deaths of those close to us, we often view our own lives through different lenses, and systems that once seemed necessary are now just a burden. Albuquerque picks up on the same thread, as Young seeks an escape from it all on what might be the best song he’s ever made. The tenderness and surprising sweetness of New Mama clash with the aggression of Lookout Joe with its wailing guitar riffs. Tired Eyes is delicate, full of regret and calm. Its placid yet beautiful sound is incredible to witness. The second rendition of Tonight’s the Night that closes the album is a necessary resolution to this abrasive, soothing, cynical, mourning, visionary record. Rest in peace, Bruce and Danny.
There’s better Neil but this is still better than a lot of things
Vous avez sûrement comme moi constaté à quel point la voix de Neil Young semble alcoolisée tout au long de cet enregistrement. Le morceau d'introduction "Il est des nôtres..." donne d'ailleurs le ton d'un album qui connaîtra son pic émotionnel avec le titre "Viens boire un p'tit coup à la maison".
If I ever wanted to be in a shitty bar in the 70s, this is what it would sound like. I don’t want to be in that bar
Sad, dramatic, apocalyptic, superb, amazing, outstanding. A truly masterpiece
Lovely piano work. Borrowed Tune is one of my favourite slow songs. World on a String is a romping rock stomper.
There are no tears for Danny Whitten or Bruce Berry here, only a wised-up, hard-bitten rue. But there is some consolation amidst the loss, and it builds across the tuneful Mellow My Mind/Roll Another Number/Albuquerque heart of the record, which gave me a lifelong love of the pedal-steel guitar. I have listened to this record more than any other by a wide margin.
An amazing album, one of Neil Young's best. Its sad and poignant and powerful, The title track is the highlight of course but there are other great songs too. 5 stars
While I’m a Neil Young fan, I had never listened to anything from this album, and was pleasantly surprised with the raw intensity of this album. Rock and blues, guitar and piano. Emotional lyrics. Will listen again.
Bruce Berry was a working man. He used to load that Econoline van.
Beautiful album. Neil Young sounds like he shouldn't be able to sing but it fits perfectly with the impeccable songwriting. Big fan of the harmonica parts and the more upbeat tracks.
I knew we were going to listen to a lot of Neil Young in this project and, to be honest, I wasn't looking forward to it. I've never been a big fan of his voice and hadn't given him much of a chance (outside of CSN&Y). Today this pushed all the right buttons. This record is full of feelings and story and musicianship and I love it. Now I'm looking forward to hearing more.
Álbum emocionalmente denso e bem diferente de Harvest. Destaque pra World on a String e Mellow my Mind
Enjoyed this more the second time after reading up a on a bit of context. Certain songs 'hit harder', as the kids says. I'm now willing to give this a hefty promotion to a 3.5. I reckon there's probably a better Neil Young album out there, though.
Neil Young is like horseradish. It can really make a dish if it's used right and played to its strengths, but far too often it's either diluted to being pointless or coming on faaaaaar too strong. But man, when it hits right.... it hits RIGHT.
Solid, but not his best
What's not to love?
Really great album
Some classic Neil to start the week
Loved every minute. Neil is the absolute man.
great. listened 2x during the day. strong opener. will listen again.
Dark as fuck. Love it. Best Tracks: Tonight's The Night, Albuquerque, Tired Eyes
Ist groß bleibt groß auch wenn es nicht zu einem schönen Sommertag passt. Ist das Problem des Sommertages und nicht des albums
tonight's A night
Vraiemnt un bon album d’un bon artiste. 4.95
Roll another one
An amazing album, one of Neil Young's best. Its sad and poignant and powerful, The title track is the highlight of course but there are other great songs too. 5 stars
Very reminiscent of the album Prairie Wind which came out in 2005.
I'd heard of Neil Young, but my only real knowledge of him was that he's referenced in Sweet Home Alabama. With that being said, I adored this album! I was actually disappointed with how short it was! Enough that I'd happily buy this on vinyl. The last album that did that for me on this generator was the Bongo Band, that was a 5/5 so... A 5/5 for me.
New favourite album so far 🥰 (Dec 5th 21)
cassic neil young
Darn Spotify & Rogan! Now Neil isn't on Spotify anymore had to listen on Jeff Bezos's baby instead. Neil is a musical; hero of mine so I am definitely up for this one! Probably Neil at his most bluesy and most Blue as well. Not a happy album but with real passion for his lost friends. Music at it's most powerful. Love it throughout but tops has got to be the title track, a eulogy for friends. So I love the whole album really but "Tonights The Night", Nils Lofgren's guitar solo on "Speakin' out" "Tired Eyes" and the wonderful live version of "C'mon Baby Lets Go Downtown" great album rightfully on this list I believe.
Classic, great grooving
I’ve heard otherwise kind, generous people express their concerns about giving homeless folks money. What if they take it and buy alcohol or drugs instead of food? An easy solution, if that’s your problem, is to keep some packaged peanut butter crackers handy and give those out instead. Problem solved. Everyone’s happy. But I actually give money regardless, and I do it 'with' the understanding that maybe a little weed or booze might possibly be the most charitable act you could offer on that particular occasion, assisting someone to just make it through one very cold, lonely night after an unsuccessful job search. Yes, I’m fully aware that this is hardly a long-range sustainable strategy for turning one’s life around. But you also never really know what may come of one merciful deed, do you? Nor do you know what the result could potentially be by taking the tough stance, and refusing to be an enabler, even when it’s the seemingly appropriate time to do so. When Neil Young canned guitarist Danny Whitten, because of his continual abuse of heroin, I’m sure he felt as if he was doing the best thing for his friend. And in some instances, that works. On this occasion, however, Whitten went on to die of an overdose. That’s not Neil’s fault, but you can understand how one might feel in his place. That’s got to be a sucker punch to one’s emotional center. Then, a short while later, when roadie Bruce Berry also died of a heroin overdose… how much can one friend take? 'Tonight’s The Night' is the bitter fruit of these fallen seeds, an LP I’m sure Neil wished he never would have had to write and record. I’ve seen him in concert, playing most of his historic catalogue, and I don’t recall him performing one of the songs off this LP. He wrote in the early original vinyl liner notes: ‘I’m sorry. You don’t know these people. This means nothing to you.’ But, of course, he’s only partially correct. While we don’t know his two lost compadres, we are more than familiar with grief. And that’s really what 'Tonight’s The Night' is mostly about: the universal experience of loss, and the struggle through the aftermath of grief. Not too long ago I reviewed Soundgarden’s 'Superunknown,' a fundamentally bleak reaction to life’s more painful moments. Lead vocalist Chris Cornell wrestled with his own drug demons for years and eventually committed suicide by hanging. I hate that LP, despite the talented musicians that comprise Soundgarden, and the hard rock sound that I usually like. I hate it for the exact opposite reason that I love Neil Young’s 'Tonight’s The Night.' Not because Chris Cornell is any less moral than Neil Young, or because his life was any less difficult or painful. I love Neil Young and this particular LP because Neil, pain and grief notwithstanding, is a survivor. He’s an artist of tremendous courage, refusing to completely give up or in. Listen to his heartrending, raw-throated vocals on the title song: ‘When I... heard that he DIED out on the mainline.’ Listen to his intense cry for someone to make the pain stop on ‘Mellow My Mind,’ or his desperate plea on ‘Tired Eyes’ for folks like Danny and Bruce, headed the wrong way down the one-way path to ruin, to open up those eyes before the light in them is extinguished by death. Most other artists would have re-recorded or excised all three of those songs altogether from their LP because of the rough vocals and miscued instrumentals. But Neil just leaves it all in, because he’s so much more concerned about getting the mood of the song right, about offering something authentic, than getting a clean take void of emotion. There’s a good chance anyway that these songs might just be too personal for more than one take. Incidentally, this is one of the reasons I love classic punk rock so much, too. Passion over proficiency. And hey, if you can pull off both, even better. (‘New Mama’ contains passion along with pitch perfect, wonderfully balanced- ala CSNY- harmonies, and a rested, tender, beautiful vocal from Neil.) But, if I was forced to choose one or the other, then I’d choose passion every time. But back to my point regarding the contrast between 'Superunknown' and 'Tonight’s The Night'- there are two songs that standout on this LP that really cement my love for it: ‘Speakin’ Out’ and ‘Borrowed Tune,’ both important additions to understanding that within the grieving heart of Neil Young hope still beats. As he plays a piano part that would’ve made Fats Domino proud (and accompanied by Nils Lofgren’s super blues guitar solos) he sings to his wife, ‘I’m hoping for your love to carry me through. You’re holding my baby, and I’m holding you.’ A testimony to the healing power of love. But ‘Borrowed Tune,’ with just solo Neil on piano is maybe the best number on this whole thing. When he strikes the bottom chords on the third verse making the whole sound swell with richness, the song enters into its second half, and ultimately ends with the same verse it began with, but with one notable absence. The first verse begins with ‘I’m climbin’ this ladder, my head in the clouds. I hope that it matters. I’m havin’ my doubts.’ If you’ve never uttered this you’re probably too young yet to have experienced any significant loss (of a loved one, or a dream, or meaning, etc.) But on the last verse when he repeats this he ends simply on the ‘I hope that it matters’ lyric, and leaves out the ‘I’m havin’ my doubts.’ Is this still implied? Or, maybe, has Neil reconsidered. Maybe his doubts are now giving way to the greater strength of his hope? I like to think it’s the latter. Thank God for Ben Keith, whose pedal steel gave this entire LP that necessary and uniquely heart aching sound of the pedal steel. It’s THE instrument of sorrow, as opposed to the accordion, the instrument of joy. And thank God for Neil’s tried and true buddies from the rest of the Stray Gators, The Santa Monica Flyers, and as always, Crazy Horse. These three combos have always been Neil’s truest and purest and highest band mates, much more so than Crosby, Stills, and Nash (as wonderful as they are.) CSN belong together. Neil belongs elsewhere. Finally, what an interesting insertion of the LPs only live cut (something Neil often does on his albums): Danny Whitten sharing lead vocals on ‘Come on Baby, Let’s Go Downtown,’ a joyful, raucous song remembering better times, the good ol’ days of the late 60s. No coincidence, I’m certain, that this particular song was about going downtown to, specifically, buy some drugs! Well, everyone deals with grief in their own unique fashion. There is no right or wrong way. There’s just your way. And 'Tonight’s The Night' is Neil’s way.
In the 70s NY was on fire
Pleasant even if it is an album about grief. As you'd expect from Mr. Young, a good blend of folk, blues, and outright rock n' roll. Can't say I'm a huge Neil Young fan, but I do enjoy his work quite a bit. Favorite tracks: "World on a String", "Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown", "Albuquerque"
Rock, blues, sofrido e lindo
Das ist mein zweites Album von Neil Young, und hier habe ich direkt das titelgebende erste Lied als eines aus dem Theaterstück erkannt - das war dann auch das Lied, was mir am besten gefallen hat.
I too love that econoline van
Way better than the other Neil Young Album.
I do have a soft spot for Neil Young, although I imagine his cracked wobbly voice is an acquired taste. Fave track - "Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown" is a stormer, but also have a lot of love for "Roll Another Number (For The Road)", "Tired Eyes", and "Tonight's The Night"!
This guy- no line towing in sight, always doing his own thing and not giving a shit. Very enjoyable
Raw, weird, and good. Cool story about the recording too - they didn’t really let the band that recorded with him practice the songs too much, so none of them really knew them that well. Also didn’t know that the lyrics in Passenger Side from Wilco were making a reference to a song from this album.
Takiego Younga jeszcze nie znalem, album o wiele surowszy niz harvest czy everybody know this is no where, a potem wikiuje i podobno wiekszosc nagrana zostala podczas jednej sesji, caly material siedzial ponad 2 lata w szafie, albumik ktorego trzeba przesluchac w calosci od poczatku do konca, cos jak w przypadku dylanowych albumikow, nie tylko przez harmonijke ktora sie pojawia na kilku trackach, bo to wlasnie z dylanowa krwia na torach sie mi kojarzy ten albumik, oba sa przepelnione smutkiem, tutaj smutek po stracie przyjaciol, ktorzy przedobrzyli z niebezpiecznymi substancjami, album swietnie oddaje bol po stracie, na plejke leci tytulowy tonight is the night oraz mellow my mind
Pretty enjoyable listen- I was happy to hear some familiar songs. Tonight's the Night Part II is a great jam.
Not going to lie. Expected to poo poo on this one. I NEED to be in a NY mood and I was NOT yesterday. Surprisingly, this was beyond expectations and actually PUT me in a Neil Young mood. I am a lyrics guy, stripped that from my normal listening routine and really enjoyed this one.
Klasse Album, ausreichend abgespacet aber gut hörbar!
Borrowed Tune - a highlight. Listen to the album again.
excellent, not my favorite neil but probably top 3
Not my favorite Young album by a long shot, but still a fantastic collection of blues-rock tracks! The title track is incredible!
It's Neil Young, so of course it's good. Not his best, but still pretty good. But if you've heard Unplugged, then this version of World on a String is disappointing. New Mama is great, not heard that before.
mega fajny álbum, super klimacik bardzo mi się podobał, co prawda bardzo prosty ale to właśnie sprawia ze super lekko się tego słucha
I don't think I had heard any of these songs from him before - really enjoyed the more bluesy sound
More like Neil old
pretty good! predictably, the songs with the most plays were my favorites.
Aika raaan ja rosoisen kuuloista matskua. Toisaalta Neilin ääni kuulostaa ärsyttävältä, mutta sitten taas persoonalliselta ja kärsivältä. Tämäkin levy on sellaista tunnelmakamaa. Mieleen jäi tonights the night ja mellow my mind
Not a big fan but It is a good album.
Another good Neil Young album. 7-8/10
A songwriter with a questionable voice. He sounds…old on some of the upper register stuff Speakin’ Out was more country than I realized Neil Young can be. Albuquerque is fantastic.
I hadn't heard most of this album before. Neil Young's vocals are always a little grating, but he mostly makes it work for me.
I'm usually not a big Neil Young fan, I don't care for his voice, but I liked this
i'll probably always think neil young is boring, but nothing against him!
It was OK.
Very groovy. Good background music for sure
It’s probably good. I’m just getting sick of his voice
Great Artist…. Love his music
Neil's done done it again!
First ever listen. Definitely back for more.
I legitimately love whenever the singer for a band is low key kind of shite cause it's like they're saying "fuck you, even if I can't hit all the notes this is the music that's in my heart and I'm going to sing it anyway"
This album has all the elements you would expect from a Neil Young album, great songwriting, great instrumentals especially guitar, but the singing on this one is rough.
Exquisite use of the harmonica.
Puhas klassikaline rock'n'roll.
I actually really enjoyed this album. I went in with pretty low expectations, but I came out pleasantly surprised. Each song tends to have roughly the same feel, but that's not necessarily a bad thing as that energy is the kind where it makes you want to spend some quiet time with friends around a camp fire. Musically, I think the only complaints I have are that his voice is rough around the edges and that the higher-energy songs are not as enjoyable. Favorite track: Borrowed Tune
I didn’t have much of a chance to listen to this, as I was driving to Ottawa yesterday and my co-judge and I listened to Rolling Stone Magazines top albums of 2021. Like Ragged Glory this LP has a raw, messy, one-take feel. I prefer the less electric bluesy tracks – Neil plays a pretty good piano in Speaking Out. Knowing that the album is about the recent deaths of his bandmate/roadie makes his off-key singing sound more painful.
This was one of the three Neil LPs I had aside from compilations and live albums. That's not a lot of his stuff and it's hard to imagine how this got on my short list and into my collection but I'm glad it did. It's a fringe album and there were no hits really. I think the title track is the best known and that song was not the attraction for me. It shows a special side of Neil. My favorite songs are: 1. C'mon Baby . . ., Good ole rock n roll. 2. Roll Another Number, - Lyrics like "I long to hear that lonesome hippie smile" really talk to me. 3. Lookout Joe 4. Tired Eyes. Best song on the album. This song defines singing from the heart. "Open up your tired eyes" means: Stop being dead. Merry Fucking Christmas. Given the significance of the mirror in Tommy, our recent listen to that album has got me to start a playlist with songs that refer to mirrors. Artists use the mirror to deliver very powerful messages. Tired Eyes will be the contribution from this album. ("What do you mean he had bullet holes in his mirror?"). I am a little worried that it will be a depressing playlist but I will see how it goes.
hna er for vild
Is it possible I have too many records? (No.) Because I'd forgotten that I have this album and I'd forgotten how bloody good, relentless and depressing it is!
This will fly in the face of the last Neil Young review I did where I think I said something to the effect that NY should be a one-man show - guitar, harmonica, and vocal. But, turns out I really like this album. It's got a bluesy rock vibe that I dig. Well done, sir.
I keep thinking I can't stand Neil Young's voice, and he keeps making things that transcend that voice and make it so I really don't care. It's some kind of sorcery. This whole thing threatened to break my heart, and that was even before I read up on the background/inspirations for the album. Borrowed Tune is one of the most poignant songs I've ever heard.
Old shakey moves away from his crisp harvest sound to a more punky style. I prefer his more melodious stuff but this still rocks.
Good stuff. One song had a bit of a rougher than usual voice. My style
Neil Young is a loser
A great album.
Not my favorite neil
classic sound, overall good
This one was a new one for me. I enjoyed much of the lead guitar playing. Neil Young has a very distinct lead style that incorporates blues and jazz motifs with unusual rhythms. Some songs here miss the mark while others show Neil Young pushing himself into new territory.
You couldn’t say that I have been much of a Neil Young fan. I’ve liked some of his music, but was never completely into his style. As the first few songs rolled out I was lukewarm. This listen has left me appreciating Neil Young’s delivery a lot more. There’s a lot of compelling emotion in how he delivers a song. The backing bands are fantastic. I really like the country-tinged songs “Roll Another Number (For The Road)” and “Albuquerque.” Other favorites were “Tonight’s the Night,” “World On A String,” “Come On Baby Let’s Go Downtown” and “Lookout Joe.” “Tonight’s The Night” has increased my appreciation of Neil Young.
Solid Neil album. A few classic songs.
Digging through the ditch can have a effect on somebody, especially when that person has experienced trauma whilst flying close to the sun. It isn't pretty. That was probably intentional. One can come out of it only one way, not the way that can be associated with clarity and optimism. That way can only be relentlessly bleak weariness. Many artists have looked towards this ditch and can gleam various things to attach to their art, but they don't go in; there's no reason to. Only one had done the work for them, they just need to learn. Favorites: Tonight's the Night (Pt. 1 & 2), Borrowed Tune, Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown, Mellow Mind, Roll Another Number (For the Road), Tired Eyes.
Neil Young in his darkest of times. Coping with the lost of his bandmate and roadie from separate heroin overdoses, he writes in his linear notes, "I'm sorry. You don't know these people. This means nothing to you." The world is bleak, and he sounds full of regret and disgust with where his life has taken him. Songs like "Lookout Joe" and "Roll Another Number" simultaneously display a display yet resent for his past, particularly due to the political turmoil of the Vietnamese War. In "Albuquerque," Young screws everything and just drives. He says he has a destination in mind, but the other verses feel like he's just trying to get away from it all. Hell, the title track is Young grieving over one of them, unable to think much further beyond the repeated title line. The songs are really solemn. It's mostly country rock, but you don't get that vibe going in. 4 of the first 5 tracks are hard and bluesy. Oddly enough, "Borrowed Tune" (a desperate ballad) is sandwiched between the two hardest tracks on the album. He quickly loses that style in "Mellow My Mind," only reclaiming that with "Lookout Joe." Young has always been controversial for his voice. There's many who adore and many who despise it. I'm one of the former, and his voice suits these songs especially well. You can hear the anguish in his voice, it hurts in some areas. Most heartbreaking in "Tired Eyes." I'm a fan of all the songs. It's one of those where you have to pay attention to the lyrics to appreciate it more, not just for their own sake, but also because they reinforce some melodies that may otherwise be perceived as uninspired. In the weaker tracks, I can find elements to relish, such as the CSNY-esque harmonious vocals of "New Mama." The track ordering is fine. I'd probably just move "Borrowed Tune" down. Favorites: Tonight's the Night, Speaking Out, Mellow My Mind, Tired Eyes
Really loved this. It's got such a warm, analogue feel to it. I had no idea this album even existed. The Wiki page description about the circumstances surrounding the album match up perfectly with the music. I would probably give this a 5 if I was overly familiar with it. Four stars will do now for. I've just bought a copy on CD and so we'll see over the coming months.
I enjoyed this album. Not all of the songs drew me in, but I can see where they might grow on me after listening a few times. Favorite songs: World on a String, Come on Baby Let's Go Downtown, and Roll Another Number.
Love Neil Young, album is ok but not my fav
I understand why people like Neil Young, but I don't particularly enjoy him, and listening to a full album of his music is a bit of a chore for me. There are certainly some things to like about this album, but, but, but 3/5
Det ikke helt dumt, men også bare lidt 70'er
Too country for me
I think it’ll take multiple listens to get into it. I WANT to like it.
I'm cool with Neil Young, not a massive fan. This was fine, but nothing that really got me going
Pleasant listening but nothing really stood out to me
A compelling Neil Young album; he's even able to pull off using "Albuquerque" in a lyric. The emotion is strong, and the lyrics are interesting, but the melodies/music don't have me wanting to come back too often.
Semibängeri Helt skön country/rock typ.
This is a sad Neil :( Its good though. 3.5
Didnt really liked it that much it has spirit but musically I dont see much
Un disco a ratos melancólico, a ratos como esperanzador. Hay varias canciones que me dieron igual, pero otras me envolvieron en una atmósfera muy gringa (?). Siento que Cat Power haría buenos covers de algunas de estas canciones. Mi favorita, por la armónica y la tristeza expresada: "Borrowed Tune". 7/10
6/10 Paso sin pena ni gloria jiji
Some pretty rad guitar on the solo for Speakin' Out. Roll Another Number (For The Road) is great. New Mama has a cool ending. Solid Neil Young album, but I'm not huge on him. Would say I liked it better than Harvest.
He's done better
Me gustaron bastante las guitarras a lo largo del album, sobre todo en "Come on baby let's go Downtown" (Quizás guarde en mi playlist de canciones viejitas), lamentablemente las guitarras aunque son muy emocionantes en algunas canciones se lucen relativamente pocas veces en proporción a la extensión del disco. No obstante, el resto del disco en general no me llama mucho a regresar. 6/10
Not especially memorable, guy has a weird voice and it sits strangely between country and folk for me but I guess I didn't dislike hearing it.
Liked this but it is exactly the sort of thing I listen to. Country based roots folk music done really bloody well. Songs tell a story. Guitar hooks are great. If your not a fan of this Genre however, eI don't think you'll find too much special about it and it doesn't stand out hugely from quite a crowded field. but it is decent... and gets better throughout the album. Lookout Joe is probably my fave track and expect it'll be Bjorns too! 3/5 Just not special enough for a 4 or a 5.
Enjoyable listen. The music was good but not sure about his voice tbf
I wasn’t familiar with this Neil Young album, but it is familiar - Young’s breaking vocals, twangy guitar, harmonica and piano. Good folksy rock, and interesting album history on Wikipedia.
Some good tunes on here with a mix of folk and country rock. Beginning to a feel a little saturated by all the Neil Young, but there are worse artists to be listening to loads of.
Not my fave Neil Young material, but still a good listen.
Gotta love Neil on the Harmonica. His vocals are particularly abrasive on some of these tracks though. Not my favourite NY Album. *Lookout Joe & Come on Baby let go Downtown
He's an amazing songwriter with a terrible voice, who at times seems to relish deliberately making his voice sound worse. Not sure what to do with that, but his song writing always wins me over in the end.
Speaking of the kneeling young; the youngest girl I ever got a blow job from passed away this week. I used to babysit for her and her older sister back in the early 2000s. Polite, pretty girl, couldn't hold a mouthful of cum to save her life though.
Was okay, not really my thing tho.
Nice decent, easy listening, no bangers though.
Decent rock album, his voice has never been my style.
Better than the last Neil album we had but still a pretty hard listen.
More my speed than I think I expected but can really only imagine myself appreciating this one again at a bonfire or otherwise low key setting in which I'm not the one controlling the tunes but can nod and say "Oh I like this one" when Tonight's the Night comes on.
Not a classic by any stretch. Would still rather listen to 45 minute of this, than not.
Not for me but good
Theres an old saying in my house, if you dont know who sings a song, its probably Neil Diamond. I finished writing that and realised this is a different person. The music was good, Id give it a 3 but i resonated with it a little bit more than other ones ive deemed 3/5 so real rating 3.5/5
Liked it a lot more than I thought I would. 1st half of the album was mellow fun. Roll Another Number Good too.
i have to listen to it again but i think harvest is better
Could be better
Song with ‘mama’ in it was good. Thought about dad.
Good old Neil! As a Canadian, I'm bias, but the dude gets it across! I know people quibble with his voice, but it's really just a few notes that sound a bit whiny.
This was a strange listening experience. Clearly cathartic for Neil to write and perform these songs, but they weren't very interesting for me. Especially given the fact that his voice is objectively terrible. Not sure why he attempts to hit some of the notes he goes for. Despite this, I find myself thinking about some of the songs long after I've heard them. Can't really articulate why. Summary: objectively bad, subjectively good.
5-Sterne-Song: „Borrowed Tune“.
Vom ersten Ton an intimste Live Atmo eines Blues-Kellers in Coesfeld. Verfängt, verführt, verzerrt. Als Genre-Abbild kann die Aufnahme alle Sehnen sehnsüchtelnder Sehnsucht über- und herbeisehnen („Borrowed Tune“, „Albuquerque“), bleibt aber in seinem innersten grob geschnittene & selbst für Neil teils sehr schräg zusammen gesungene Ware. Ein heterogener Klafter handmade white man‘s Soul, das wohl auch die Verarbeitung der (Heroin-) Tode zweier Freunde dazu geführt hat, so rau zusammengezimmert sein zu müssen. Splitterfaserige 2.6
Didn't love it. Didn't hate it.
Uncomfortably dark. The band did extremely well to hook into the mood.
Pretty solid. Not my favorite Neil Young but a good album nonetheless.
Enjoyed the sound, but There is stuff I like better by Neil young,
Honestly, I’m surprised this album wasn’t more on my radar. Feels like it should be firmly in the classic rock rotation.
Just very Neil Young. Neutral like a plain cracker.
Enjoyed the music and particularly the guitar. As always, Neil Young's vocals are not the bright spot.
Like Jack says, this album is all about the context....they recorded it in one day which gets a star for efficiency if nothing else. I don't really like the harmonica as an instrument that much so it gets knocked down a bit for that
I wasn't familiar with this. From this time period I appreciate After the Gold Rush and Harvest more than this.
Whoa, a big moment for the list. Our first Neil Young album, at least as a solo artist. I'm pretty sure there are a bunch of his on here, so I was hoping for a strong first impression. There are a few enjoyable tracks on here, and I really dug the guitar on Speakin Out, but overall I didn't get swept up in it. I'm not sure if I will with any Neil Young albums. He's a bit like Dylan, but his voice is more whiny to me, and I couldn't get myself to pay too much attention to lyrics. It's decent, but I'll reserve a more serious positive score for something better from Neil. I remain hopeful that he'll have stronger outings on here. Favorite tracks: Speakin Out, Tired Eyes, New Mama. Album art: One guy equivalent of a band photo, and it's black and white. I kind of like the strong contrast here, but it doesn't do much for me. The handwritten text is cool though. 3/5
Second album confirms I don't care much for Neil Young. There were a few tracks I enjoyed.
Normally not a fan of Neil Young's voice, but this was much less whiney and nasally than I was expecting. It was not bad.
It’s Neil young without the blazing guitar solos
Top Picks: Mellow My Mind and New Mama I quite liked this one. Having listened to a lot of Neil's acoustic stuff, it was cool hearing something a bit more evolved. Having said that, the overall vibe was a bit samey. Aside from New Mama (which was a real breath of fresh air) I found most of these tunes melted together.
Better than o thought but didn’t bring me back to it
La musique est bonne comme je me serais attendu sur un album de Neil Young, mais très souvents les vocals laissent largement à désirer. Aucune pièce n'a vraiment plus attiré mon attention.
Definitely more interesting than Van Morrison, but still not really it for me. Some real good stuff that's drowned out by things that are just kind of boring.
it was alright
Laid back and toasted folk country blues rock with enough poke to keep you awake and listening.
Not my favourite Neil Young songs. Don't have to listen to again, except for maybe one or two songs.
Some ok songs, but overall not my bag. Neil Young is great, but this isn't his finest work.
Good one. Enjoyable
Slow but fine
Best wel pittig lekker
I just finished watching the series The Vietnam War in HD on Prime and that war ends in 1975 so this album which was also recorded in 75 fits right in with my mood. Lots of folks complain about Young’s voice but I think ol’ Shakey’s voice is part of his charm and distinguishes him from the rest. I’m Canadian so we naturally think he’s a national treasure and although I’m a big fan, I didn’t think there wasn’t any brilliant standout tracks on this record. I know it was written right after the death of two friends so it reflects a lot of grief and sadness, but I think he has many better records.
Countryrock, blues, god sangskrivning, følsomt,
Although it has some very strong songs I don't know if this tops my personal Neil Young album chart to the extent it belongs on this list.
I mean it's Neil Young, I was never a big fan, but this is basically okay? Like, it's fine. This is fine.
Haven’t ever enjoyed his voice. Borrowed Tune was a standout. Listened to this the last day of this being on Spotify (1/26/22) what up.
Not on Spotify so couldnt hear it!
Not on Spotify
First time hearing this one from an artist I have loved for years. Really love the song "Borrowed Tune" (it's a 5/5). 3/5
Good, but not great. Very sentimental though which was beautiful.
Really liked "Tired Eyes" Been loving these Young albums, they really have som golden songs inbetween the rubbish. But most of it is really good actually. 3
Neil has just never really been my thing, but I gave 3 stars for respect. More of a taste thing for me.
3/5. Borrowed Tune is a 5/5. The rest of the album is pretty good.
Bluesy rock, ok. Not on Spotify as artist thinks they’re bad hit Apple Music etc ok, send to think hi red music makes a difference to most people. Liked tonight’s the night. Very ‘raw’ playing obviously no auto tune on vocals and harmonica, quite difficult to listen to at points especially on borrowed tune. Listened to whilst going to sleep, so that may not have helped!
Tonight’s the Night by Neil Young (1975) Here’s a record that will likely appeal mostly to diehard Neil Young fans. We get rough, one-take recordings of songs on the dark side. Neil was going through a rough patch, but he still needed to sing about it. For those who don’t like Young’s sloppy approach to pitch will find plenty of illustrative examples on this album. (“Mellow on My Mind” is painful to listen to. It’s supposed to be. “New Mama” is much better.) On the other hand, for those who like Young’s raw virtuosity on electric will find many highlights here, such as his fine blues solo work on “Speakin’ Out”. There are nice backing performances by Nils Lofgren (piano, vocals, guitar), and Ben Keith (pedal steel), but drummer Ralph Molina’s ubiquitous backing vocals are, shall we say, an acquired taste—acquired by Neil Young, but not by his more discriminating listeners. Young sounds much better when backed vocally by James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, and CSN, but who wouldn’t? On “Come On, Baby, Let’s Go Downtown”, we get something quite different. Accompanied by Crazy Horse, Neil Young provides backing vocals over rhythm guitarist/writer Danny Whitten’s lead, recorded live at the Fillmore East. The track was likely chosen to be included on this ‘downer’ concept album due to Whitten’s overdose death on the evening of November 18, 1972, after Young fired him from The Stray Gators earlier that day, giving him $50 and a plane ticket home to L.A. Young felt responsible. (McDonough, Shakey: Neil Young’s Biography, pp. 387-391). This album’s lead track “Tonight’s the Night” and his classic “The Needle and the Damage Done” reference this tragedy and what led up to it. I wouldn’t want to listen to this album while feeling blue. Maybe I’d listen when someone else is blue and I couldn’t do anything about it. 3/5
Neil Young, drunk, recording an album in one night, to recover from the loss of 2 of his mates. "I'm singin' this borrowed tune I took from the Rolling Stones, Alone in this empty room Too wasted to write my own." There's a lot of raw emotion here and at times a terrible voice. I get why this a classic and why Neil Young is revered. It's just... not for me.
3.6 - I liked it but I clearly don't have as much of a raging boner for Neil Young as Robert Dimery does. Of the five Neil Young albums I've already reviewed so far, this one falls somewhere in the middle. It's got a compelling backstory and some great rough guitar work. But the vocals are pretty shaky. I appreciate the "fresh take" sound, more so on a cerebral level, but it's not necessarily something I'd listen to closely, maybe more as mellow background rock music.
It’s totally fine. I probably wouldn’t reposted to it. This album peaks early and sputters to its finish. Though it isn’t terrible throughout.
Based Neil Young.
When it comes to Neil Young, I am not a big fan…not even a little fan. I guess I rank him at tolerable and sometimes good. So, I didn’t expect much from this album. It was ok…better than just tolerable. I even had occasional thoughts that in the right setting with the right people, I could totally get this. Then something (external to the album) happened to make me a little grumpy today and this was not the album to snap me out of that.
I was not always a big fan of Neil Young, so I haven't listened to his music very much. I appreciated the opportunity today to listen to an album of his that I was not familiar with. However, I am still not a big fan of Neil Young. What allowed me to listen to the whole thing with a smile on my face (did there really need to be an exact duplicate part II of "Tonight's the Night"?) was the realization that Young's voice is somewhat similar to Jerry Nelson's, the Muppeteer who performed Floyd Pepper of the Electric Mayhem, Emmet Otter of his jug band, and Kermit's nephew Robin. I just pictured any of them singing Neil's part and I loved it. This isn't to say I didn't like this album. I liked that it had an almost live sound to it—like the microphone wasn't totally set up right and there weren't a lot of takes, and that made it feel a bit more personal. I also understand that this album was an expression of grief, and I feel that. So this felt a bit more like music appreciation homework than something I would choose to listen to, but I was glad I listened to it.
04/21/2022 Fuck Joe Rogan. Listened on YouTube, due to the Spotify debacle.
I’ve herd of the name mainly due to his problems with spotify and while I kinda agreed with him there it was annoying flicking with YouTube. Ungrateful rant out of the way lets go… Tonight’s the night was a great opener set’s the kinda sound the album’s gonna be in, it does drag a lil bit though and I’am kinda questioning his vocals. Speakin out feels all much the same to me except the vocals are slightly better and I prefer the piano on this one. World on a string starts off seeming like it would be a really heavy cut with that crunchy guitar ( and while it still stays heavy) it does go slightly softer once we get through. Good song! Borrowed tune seemed off putting at the start with the harmonica ( an instrumental i’am not a fan of) but the harmonica goes and… what a contrast to the last song! It still sounds really good though being the slowest so far. Come on baby lets go downtown ( live) is really nice, I love it when artists slot in a live recording on a studio album, it’s strongest in the guitar department by far though. Mellow my mind has a much grander feel, it’s my favourite off side one and (maybe) the album great way to close that half!!! Roll another number ( for the road) is a good song, but being a slower track the placement feels strange to me for starting side A. But on the plus side everything about the instrumentation is great and the verses are good lyrically. Albuquerque is also good,I probably would’ve swapped this and roll another number and the harmonica solo wasn’t the best but still nice. New mama feels the most “filler” but it’s still an alright slower track I don’t know why but the closest thing I can compare it to is like one of the folkier songs on Fleetwood mac’s rumours with the picking. Lookout joe goes back to heavier end of young’s sound and it’s a sound I really like the song also has a memorable chorus which is nice. The penultimate cut tired eyes starts off giving a nice spoken bit… or that’s what I thought, yeah this one’s verses sound a bit off to me but most spoken verses do. The chorus is nice but my god! The harmonica worsened it slightly. The album ends with a “ part 2” of the title track basically it’s just a slower sounding version of that song. Personally I would’ve swapped this and tired eyes Yeah this album screams reorder to me, all the songs are really good they just don’t fit amazingly in sequence.
Neil Young sure is something, huh? Not my favorite album but not bad.
Nowadays this sound is for me more of those '70 years. Anyway, I liked the sound and the history behind the album https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Young#The_%22Ditch%22_Trilogy_and_personal_struggles_(1972%E2%80%931974)
I think it was fine. A bit like the Springsteen albums you know exactly what you are going to get. Not really sure how you would distinguish between them enough for some to get into the list and others not.
I like his voice but I kept waiting for a great track and it didn’t really come so just a 3*
Not my cup of tea but can see the creativity behind it
La verdad no conectó
Empezó bien y luego no.
The songs are fine, I just can't stand his voice
Esperaba más... Apenas un pasaje o fragmento rescatable aquí y allá.
I like Neil Young. Before this album, I had often asked myself “is there such a thing as too much Neil Young?” I learned today the answer is yes. This has some nice tracks but the whole thing just along at such a middling tempo that Young’s whiny vocals really grate by the end.
The story here is tragic. The music compelling with it's message. Probably not something I would listen to very often.
2 good blues rock songs, the rest disappointing.
Probably a 2.5. Was hard not to skip tracks
Surprised how much I didn’t enjoy this. He’s quite whiney
A bit easy going for my tastes. All a bit nice and not enough edge. 5/10
Tonight's the night? I wish Neil. 21st June 2021 is the night.
Some good, lots whiny.
Non essential Neil - ultimately forgettable stuff
I went back to Harvest. I'll never revisit this.
Struggling to understand this album’s standing, why it’s held in such high regard. Poor in the most part with only a few redeeming moments
Still hate Neil Young.
Not really the best of Neil Young on display here imo
Не, без Хэй Хэй, Май Май вообще не катит. Хоть и понятная, но очень скучная вещь. И даже оставайся она такой и приятно играй на фоне, я бы принял. Вокальные партии к тому же порой относительно оригинальные. Но за несколько прослушиваний эти примитивные нецепляющие мотивы просто раздражать сильно стали. В итоге имею альбом, в котором ни один трек по уху не пришёлся, но несколько в ухо кольнули дилдаком. Тод в Тенях вроде бы высмеивал регулярное повторение в треках слова Tonight. Я тогда просто кекнул, но тут это пиздец какой-то. Я, конечно, понимаю, что альбом называется Tonight's The Night, но за 2 титульных трека, что длятся в общей сложности 9,5 мин, мы слышим название альбома 64 раза. Я ебал, сука, туна-айтс зе най-т тю-дю-тю-дю-дю, туна-айтс зе на-айт... Здесь даже рифмы нет! Фу блять, фу нахуй.
Вообще не моё чет. Напрягающий кантри-рок, постоянно выключить хотелось, тоже немного голова под конец заболела.
its aight.. deffo good, but not my type :/ but its good if i were a middle aged beer drinking white man! unfortunately i'm not :( actually i do like some of his last songs ! i also checked out his other music, and he's pretty good!
Struggling to understand this album’s standing, why it’s held in such high regard. Poor in the most part with only a few redeeming moments
Has its moments (title track, Albuquerque) but too much of it is a reaction to his previous album and commercial peak, Harvest. Listenable but not overly enjoyable.
takie fajne pojedyncze kawałki, ale cała pyta po kolei już ciężko idzie
It was okay.
Love Neil though just not my Album.
Not particularly fond of Neil Young's music. Just didn't really find it all that interesting
Not really my style.
I reckon this is a ranking I'll grow to regret but Neil Young doesn't so much for me. I like the lyrics and I like the music but his voice puts me off. I can enjoy it in small doses but don't need a full album
Knew the title track but was first listen of the album. Gave it 10 or so listens. Neil Young was apparently "... disappointed that it didn't sell as well as Harvest..." holy fekin' moly - what a pile of crap. How did his vocal make the final cut? First track was good and set an atmosphere and Track 3 was a good ole rockin' tune but jayzis mother of the proverbial - some of it sounded like a whiskey soaked 3am lockin down the Docks. Keep on Rockin' in the Free World? No, Neil, don't. I know i keep harping on about it but Harvest was a polished work of art accomplishment with brilliant musicians (but then again, i don't think i ever listened to Harvest sober (or indeed CSNY)... 🤔)
While listenable, I don't think I'm a big fan of Neil Young. It's not that he's bad, I've just heard other people do what he is doing but better. Sorry Neil! Tonight isn't the night but you do look like Jarod Leto's Joker doing a set as Joaquin Phoenix's Joker.
Sorry, but I just don’t need another Neil Young album in my life right now
This is the second Neil Young album we got that doesn't include any of his well-known hits. And as it turns out, the difference in quality between his hits and "the rest" is staggering. As a whole, the album is a huge disappointment to me. The instrumentation is quite good, technically speaking. But the songwriting seems completely incoherent. It's all over the place and at the same time not going anywhere at all.
Hepulla on paljon hyvää musaa, mutta levynä tämä oli aika vaisu. Väsynyt maanantai ja tämä levy oli huono kombo.
I just wasn’t feeling this, feels too much like everything else I’ve been hearing recently.
Not a bad album, but doubt I would revisit. Not sure Neil is my jam. Rating based on my own personal taste.
Kind of boring and repetitive. Had some cool musical moments and profound lyrics, just not for me. 4/10.
I quite like some of Neil Young's stuff. This one was new to me and it was ok.
Whiny old man. Not my jam
I do like Neil Young and I love that he is constantly experimenting and trying new sounds. Definitely one of those artists who has stayed true to himself throughout his career. This album is not one my favorites of his, though. Just a personal preference on my part. Can't quite reduce it to words, but something about the sound of the album and style in the playing -- just not my thing.
I may be very biased here however... I like Neil young... Usually. Not this album though. Maybe it's my disappointment that made me rate it so low. Let's just hope another one of his albums comes along soon and makes things right again.
I struggled through this one, without really enjoying any track after the first couple. Is this rating artificially low because I feel like I've given everything else a 4? Probably. But this album is uninspiring enough I doubt I'd listen to it again.
You could group all the uptempo and slow Neil Young songs together and any two tracks from either group would be indistinguishable. There’s an attempt here to jazz things up with some jazzier arrangements, but the sheer repetition and Young’s scraggly vocals just make every track an absolute drag.
frekar mehh. svona fyrir hann
dude's voice is objectively terrible
Was he drunk? I mean his voice just does not sound good or appealing at all. Also the mix is all kinds of jacked. The piano is incredibly loud and quiet, and a lot of the instruments have quick changes in their loudness which is really distracting. I think it gets better a bit into the album, but those early tracks do not make this approachable. Some of these songs are alright, but I don't see myself listening to it again.
If you thought you might like Neil Young, because his singing is a bit endearing, this album may convince you otherwise. It’s almost a parody at times.
Bluesy album with some good performances that get samey. Honestly a sad backstory with a somewhat lackluster album package.
I've never listened to this record even though it comes right after my favorite Neil Young record (On the Beach). I've heard it's not great and that Young was in a bad way during this time, after two close friends die of heroin overdose. Compared to most of his previous work, this record feels slight. Good piano work, though. And, the pedal steel that started on Harvest and continued through On the Beach is still here. Haunting things a little. That's cool. Still, it's not his best 4-5/5 star work. So, 2.5 rounded down to 2.
je crois que j'aime pas trop Neil Young
Never been a fan of folk, especially of this era. It's not all bad, it just doesn't catch my attention. 5/10.
Not my fav of his.
Neil Young is one of those artists that I really want to like but have a hard time getting into. I know he's had a significant impact on music and it makes me feel uncultured to not be super into his music, but here I am haha. I did like "Albuquerque" on this album, and after going to the Wikipedia page, I can appreciate this album a bit more for what it is -- the rawness, the emotions. I'd be willing to listen to some of his other music to see what it's like, but I don't think I'd revisit this one.
I'm not a Neil Young fan, and this album has done nothing to change that. Pleasant enough as background music, but it didn't move me in the slightest. Meh.
Yeah, Neil Young again, this time with a heavy blues influence in addition to his trademark whiny voice. Maybe I'm jsut not in the mood for this kind of music, but I found this album tedious. A lot of fast forwarding was done. 2/5
Нила Янга называют крёстным отцом гранжа за его влияние на Курта Кобейна и Эдди Веддера. Однако, в который раз я пытался с ним ознакомиться и в который раз так и не проникся. Более менее зашла только одна песня с альбома - Albuquerque
One of NY’s less inspiring albums
Deze blues rock van Neil Young kon me niet echt bekoren
Mid to upper range 2/5. Not awful, but not particularly memorable. Neil Young's voice is a bit ropey for someone so successful, isn't it? Very much a downer after Sister Sledge on Friday, not a bad album but not one I'll be revisiting.
Meh, I didn't care for this as much as some of his other albums. It's got a few decent songs, though. It's pretty much your average Neil Young record. Not too good, but not too bad.
This wasn't on Spotify but I've heard most of it before and it's crap. Neil thinks he's making a big statement taking his stuff off Spotify when he made his millions before it existed anyway. Then he tells small artists that it's bad for them in that condescending "listen to your elders" way, but really he has no clue what he's on about because he's had record companies and minders looking after his music for decades anyway. Typical fair weather hippie piece of shit antics. 2/5.
This sucks too. Neil young is fucking lame.
wow, this album made my ears bleed 1/10
I don't really like this
Fuck Ne*l Y*ung
I cant stand neil young
I am simply not a fan. He may be one of the greatest but I cannot listen to him for more than 5 minutes. So I just give him 1 Star.
Not a fan his early stuff. H got better with practice and age. Love so many of his hits
Че за пиздец)
This started off okay but my attention soon drifted off. Not a big singer-songwriter person, so wasn’t really following the lyrics. Got to the end but unlikely to play this again. Seems of another time, and not one I feel particularly at home in.