Friday, October 7, 2016

Neil Young - a beginner's guide


By the time you read this post, Neil Young may have released a new album. Such is the prolific nature of his career. And it's probably detrimental to gaining younger fans, not that he needs them. It would be very easy for someone to randomly choose one of his albums and hate it. But it probably wouldn't be indicative of his ouevre.

So, here's my little guide to the essential albums if you happen to be a newbie or casual fan:

* Decade [2-disc best of compilation spanning 1967-1977] - does what it says on the package. It also includes some early essential songs he did with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash. A great introduction to his early work and will either spur you on to further dig into his early catalog or just move on.

* Freedom [1989] - A masterpiece of an album that very much put him back on many people's (especially critics) radar.

* Ragged Glory [1991] - A long-winded jam album with backing band Crazy Horse that never loses the great batch of songs Neil came up with.

* Sleeps With Angels [1994] - Shows the versatility of Crazy Horse, as Neil veers all over the place, seemingly hitting all the genres he's ever explored in one single LP. But it somehow works as a whole. Probably his darkest album.

* Harvest / Harvest Moon - For those who really dig the laidback acoustic side of Neil Young, these albums are the go-to ones, for sure.

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  1. 1968 - Neil Young [Remastered 2014]
    1969 - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere [Remastered 2014]
    1970 - After The Gold Rush [Remastered 2014]
    1972 - Harvest [Remastered 2014]
    1973 - Time Fades Away [Remastered 2014]
    1974 - On The Beach [Remastered 2014]
    1975 - Tonight's The Night [Remastered 2014]
    1975 - Zuma [Remastered 2014]
    1977 - American Stars 'N' Bars [Remastered 2004]
    1977 - Decade [Remastered 2002]
    1978 - Comes A Time [Remastered 2014]
    1979 - Rust Never Sleeps [Remastered 2014]

    1980 - Hawks & Doves [Remastered 2003]
    1981 - Re-ac-tor [Remastered 2003]
    1982 - Trans [Remastered 1997]
    1983 - Everybody's Rockin' [Remastered 2000]
    1985 - Old Ways [Remastered 2000]
    1986 - Landing On Water [Remastered 2000]
    1987 - Life [Remastered 2000]
    1988 - This Note's For You
    1989 - Eldorado EP
    1989 - Freedom

    1990 - Ragged Glory
    1992 - Harvest Moon
    1994 - Sleeps With Angels
    1995 - Mirror Ball
    1996 - Broken Arrow

    2000 - Silver & Gold
    2002 - Are You Passionate?
    2003 - Greendale
    2005 - Prairie Wind
    2006 - Living With War (In The Beginning)
    2006 - Living With War
    2007 - Chrome Dreams II
    2009 - Fork In The Road

    2010 - Le Noise
    2012 - Americana
    2012 - Psychedelic Pill [Deluxe Edition]
    2014 - A Letter Home
    2014 - Storytone [Deluxe Version]
    2015 - The Monsanto Years
    2016 - Peace Trail

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