Harvest - (Import CD)
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- Rock & Pop
- Country Rock
- Mono / Stereo
- Tim Mulligan
Personnel: James Taylor (guitar, banjo); Teddy Irwin (guitar); Jack Nitzsche (lap steel guitar, piano); Ben Keith (dobro); James McMahon, John Harris (piano); Kenny Buttrey (drums).
Photographer: Joel Bernstein.
Unknown Contributor Role: John Nowland.
Recognized as one of Young's (and hence one of rock & roll's) finest albums, HARVEST put the singer on the mainstream map with the mega-hit "Heart of Gold," which defined a soft folk-rock style frequently revisited by lesser artists throughout the 1970s. It also features some of his darker compositions, like the entropy-obsessed "Old Man" and the junkie eulogy, "The Needle and the Damage Done," one of Young's most haunting and compelling songs.
Deceptively laid-back-sounding country-rock plaints like "Out on the Weekend" and the title cut caress the ear unassumingly, pulling you into the more ominous subtext that is present even in the rollicking "Are You Ready for the Country." As always, Young has an ear for contrasts, laying down heavy rock ("Alabama") beside his balladry, and even employing the London Symphony Orchestra on the excellent confessional "A Man Needs a Maid." Due to back troubles, Young recorded much of this material while wearing a brace, a fact that seems audible in the tension and unease that underlies the friendly, acoustic surface of this superb release.
- Country of Origin
- Studio / Live
- Neil Young
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Out on the Weekend
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Harvest
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Man Needs a Maid, A
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Heart of Gold
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Are You Ready for the Country?
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Old Man
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] There's a World
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Alabama
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Needle and the Damage Done, The - (live)
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Words (Between the Lines of Age)
- WEA (Distributor)
Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.114) - Ranked #78 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "...Americana - steel, guitar, slide guitar, banjo - stripped down and rebuilt with every jagged edge exposed..."
Q (7/00, p.141) - Included in Q's "The Best Male Angst Albums Of All Time" - "...The showcase for [his] most affecting artistic devices..."
Mojo (Publisher) (11/01, p.150) - "...If he was laid-back at this time it was simply because spinal surgery had made him literally so..."
NME (Magazine) (10/2/93, p.29) - Ranked #60 in NME's list of the 'Greatest Albums Of All Time.'
NME (Magazine) (9/18/93, p.19) - Ranked #22 in NME's list of the 'Greatest Albums Of The '70s.'
- 37m 10s
- Video Disabled
- Tim Mulligan
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