Not only the greatest but most Neil Young records.
Neil Young's debut release as a solo artist, after his departure from the Buffalo Springfield. The country & western elements that had tinged the sound of his prevoius band is present here, but there is also some of the noisy electric guitar work that would characterize his coming recordings with Crazy Horse. This is regarded as an uneven, low-key introduction to Young's solo career, and when released it was a commercial flop, his only album not to make the charts
EVERYBODY KNOWS THIS IS NOWHERE 1969
By 1978 when disco and punk music had put a decline to the groups popularity, they responded with ther best album since Exile, six years earlier. The record is focused, and exciting, full of hooks and energy.It was a major critical success, becoming the only Stones album to be nominated for a Grammy. The opening disco-blues thump of "Miss You", became a mega hit.
AMERICAN STARS 'N BARS 1977
This marked the beginning of Neil Young's long time recording association with the band Crazy Horse. Here is a set of loose, guitar-heavy rock songs like "Cinnamon Girl," "Down by the River", and "Cowgirl in the Sand". Songs that have become standards in his performance repertoir and defined Neil Young as a rock & roll artist. The album received generally favorable reviews from critics and is regarded as one of his best.
Another of his very best albums. Quite different than the previous records. This album consists mainly of country folk music, along with the rocking "Southern Man". Critics were not initially impressed with the album, though it has since been considered a masterpiece, and appears on a number of greatest albums lists. Nils Lofgren, then a 17-year-old unknown, plays the piano here.
One of Neil Young's most popular albums. A country rock record that was a massive hit, producing a US number one single in "Heart of Gold". Crosby, Stills & Nash along with Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor do guest vocals here.This was the best-selling album of 1972 in the United States.
A live album, consisting of previously unreleased material. It was recorded on the tour following the highly successful Harvest. It has never been reissued on CD and therefor been widely bootlegged and is highly sought after by fans.
Actually recorded as a sequel to "Tonight*s the Night" but released before, after that record had been rejected by the record company. A ragged style record, not a commercial success at the time of its release but over time has attained a high regard from critics. Includes the song "Walk On", supposed to be an answer to Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Albama".
Recorded in 1973, almost two years prior to its release. The recording took place shortly after two of Young's best friends, roadie Bruce Berry and Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten, had died of drug overdoses. Most songs are recorded in just one day with a crude production. The album immediately was recognized as a unique masterpiece by critics, and it has continued to be ranked as one of the greatest rock & roll albums ever made.
The first record with Frank Sampedro as a member of Crazy Horse, along with Brian Talbot and Ralph Molina. More melodic and pop oriented songs here than on the previous albums, though played with an electric-guitar-drenched rock intensity. Includes "Cortez the Killer," one of Young's best-known songs.
The first side on the LP consists of country flavoured material featuring steel guitar and fiddle, plus backup vocals from Linda Ronstadt and Nicolette Larson, while the four songs on the second side varies from acoustic solo numbers like "Will to Love" to raging rockers such as "Like a Hurricane" one of Neil Young's best songs ever.
This is a return to the country/folk rock sound of "Harvest" and Young's first top ten record for 6 years. It's an acoustic-based record with country overtones and romantic, autobiographical lyrics.Two of songs are backed by Crazy Horse, thus having a more raw sound than the smooth production of the rest of the album.
An album of new songs, most of them recorded live on the 1978 concert tour, with some overdubs in the studio. The LP is divided into one acoustic and one electric side, showing many different styles. The records starts with "My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)" and ends with "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)" with slightly altered lyrics. This is regarded as one of his stongest collections, also includes the terrific "Powderfinger".
A soundtrack to a concert film, the songs were recorded during the same tour as the previous album was, with four songs repeated. This led to criticisms for repeating new material and recycling older material . In retrospect, however, cut down to 74-minutes on the CD-version, this comes off as an excellent live album, a terrific concert recording.
After the previous critically acclaimed records, this came as a bit of a disappointment. Fans and critics were baffled by what they thought were a set of obscure acoustic and country-tinged songs. It is also one of Young's shortest albums, its running time is just under half an hour.
This is a guitar-drenched hard rock set together with Crazy Horse, with some new wave influences. Reviews were quite negative at the time except for the closing track "Shots", a song given a riveting performance.
Young's most baffling album upon release. Here he used a vocoder to synthesize his voice on five of the album's nine tracks, resulting in disembodied singing, the lyrics nearly impossible to decipher. The album was poorly received, some critics pointed out though, that the album was Young addressing new musical movements.
A selection of rockabilly songs, both covers and original material. The album received among the worst critical reviews of Young's career. Running at 25 minutes, it is Young's shortest album. After this release Young was sued by his own record company for producing two successive records with "none commercial material".
A country album planned for release three years earlier but rejected by the record company then. A revamped version was recorded a couple of years later with guest spots from Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson among others. This was Young's third consequtive album to receive negative reviews.
This is an attempt to mix raunchy rock with contemporary trends in pop, using lots of synthesizers. Not regarded as a good album, but a step back towards the kind of rock he did in the 70's and slightly better reviews than the previous albums.
Another album with Crazy Horse where most of the material was recorded live, at the end of 1986, with overdubs in the studio. Not one of his best efforts, but better than most of the other albums he had made in the 1980s. Regarded though, as the most interesting album he had made in a long time.
Another genre experiment, this time a record of blues and R&B with a six-piece horn section. Half the record consists of up-tempo numbers, while the other half consits of bluesy ballads. The album earned better reviews than the previous records, but comercially it was a failure.
A five-song, 25-minute EP, released in Japan and Australia only. It showed that Neil Young was capable of writing powerful songs and playing fierce rock & roll again. Three of the songs would turn up on the next record, but "Cocaine Eyes" and "Heavy Love" did not, making this disc a necessary purchase for Young completists. A terrific record.
A hard rock album with distorted electric guitar over a raucous rhythm section. It was a major critical and commercial comeback after a decade that had confused reviewers and fans. Bookending the album were acoustic and electric versions of one of Young's greatest anthems, "Rockin' in the Free World".
An album with Crazy Horse that revisits the hard-rock style of the previous record. The dominant sound is Young's noisy guitar, often slipping over into distortion. Despite the volume, the tunes are catchy, with strong melodies. The album lasts well over an hour with ten songs. Another great album and a critical success.
Recorded live on the tour to promote the Ragged Glory album. Much of the material is the same as on the Live Rust album, it's straightforward rock and roll with long extended guitar improvisations, often filled with feedback and distortion. Some of Neil Young's best hard rock material can be heard on this album.
This can be seen as a sequel to Harvest, of his his best selling albums, that was released 20 years earlier. Many of the same musicians are playing on this record too. Many regard this as the better record with songs like the lovely "Unknown Legend," "From Hank to Hendrix," and the beautiful "Harvest Moon" one of Young's best songs.
Neil Young's unplugged album, where he is accompanying himself on guitar and harmonica, then moving to keyboards and gradually bringing other musicians on-stage to augment the sound. Some songs are familiar, including "Mr. Soul" and "Like a Hurricane," and are given new treatments. Others are obscure or even previously unrecorded like "Stringman".
An album more musically varied than most albums with Crazy Horse, this one ranging from piano-based ballads like the album opener, "My Heart," and closer, "A Dream That Can Last," to the country-folk "Train of Love," and the hard-edged grunge of the title track. Also typical rock workouts as the lengthy "Change Your Mind" and the raucous "Piece of Crap".
Pearl Jam is used as the backup band here, making an album that is aiming for feel and spontaneity. It has a very raw sound to it, with songs ending in feedback and band members talking at the start and at the end of many songs. This became Young's highest charting record since Harvest 23 years earlier.
Another album with Crazy Horse. It consists of slow guitars and cascading feedback, ebbing and flowing with winding solos and drifting melodies.The first three songs are in the form of long, structured jams. The final track is a long live version of a Jimmy Reed's, "Baby, What You Want Me to Do", that was recorded on an audience microphone at a small secret gig, giving it a bootleg feel.
Music recorded live for a film documentary about the 1996 tour. This is not the soundtrack though, since these performances don't appear in the film. There are many songs here that haven't made the previous live albums. Not regarded as one of his best live albums, many critics saw this as a tired variation of Weld.
A low-key, charming, comfortable record, a couple of the songs were written in the 80's. At the time of release it didn't quite live up to expectations, but it grows over time. Not a particularly special Neil Young record, but a nice one. Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris are singing backup here.
Neil Young's foray into soul music, not sounding like anything he had previously released. Using Booker T. & the MG's as a backup band here, the record is filled with tight Southern soul that are dressed in fuzzy guitar tones. The exception is one track, a rocker, "Goin' Home", recorded with Crazy Horse. Rather poor reviews though, claiming all songs were delivered in the same fashion and blended together.
This is a concept album, a 10-song rock opera recorded with Crazy Horse. It is about an extended family in a small town called Greendale, and how they are torn apart by a murder. A vast divergence of critical opinion about this one, ranging from being called "amateur" to being voted as one of the best albums of 2003.
An acoustic based record, a return to the soft, rich country-rock sound used on Harvest. Recorded with studio musicians in Nashville, this was regarded as his most consistent record in a decade with a bunch of good songs.
A record of protest songs, following the Iraq War and what happened after Hurricane Katarina, when the confidence for president George W. Bush was at the lowest level. Most famous song is "Let's Impeach the President". The whole album was recorded within a few days, contains a strong set of songs that still has a punch today.
This shall be seen as a sequel to Chrome Dreams, the legendary album that had originally been scheduled for release in 1977, but was shelved in the last minute and has been heavily bootlegged since. A bunch of good songs here, such as the country flavoured "Beautiful Bluebird" and the album's masterpiece, the 18-minute "Ordinary People".
An album inspired by Young's Lincoln Continental that had been retooled to run entirely on alternative energy. There aren't much more than a garage groove here, but the whole thing benefits from its messiness; the loose ends make the record feel alive. This is mostly raw, chop-shop rock & roll,
Here is Neil Young with eight new songs and no band, accompanying himself on guitars with maximum fuzz and electronics, manipulated by producer Daniel Lanois, on six of the tracks. Two tracks are solo acoustic songs. Generally positive reviews for this one. An album that melds two extremes, acoustic folk and full-on guitar skronk.
Back together with Crazy Horse for the first time since 2003, producing a record of old American schoolhouse folk songs, such as "Oh Susannah", "Clementine", "This Land is Your Land" and the English anthem "God Save the Queen". The album recieved mixed reviews upon release.
A two disc record, where the first record consists of ten songs, recorded in large part live in front of a full-blown orchestra, in mono with just one mic. The second record consists of stripped back solo recordings of the same ten songs.
At 87 minutes, this is Neil Young's longest album and only studio album to span two discs. Many of the songs on the album came out of extended jam sessions with Crazy Horse, after the previous album was finished. It starts off with the 27-minute "Driftin' Back" and includes the 17 minute "Ramada Inn", one of the best songs Neil Young has ever done.
An album, which consists of covers of classic songs by artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and others. It was recorded in a refurbished 1947 Voice-o-Graph vinyl recording booth at Jack White's Third Man Records recording studio in Nashville. One critic called it: "The most surprising record by a guy who's built his career on surprising you".
A concept album, criticizing the agricultural company Monsanto, a firm that, among other things, specializes in genetically modified crops. Backup this time is the Promise of the Real, featuring two of Willie Nelson's sons, a group not sounding unlike Crazy Horse. The record recieived mostly positive reviews.
Another album with The Promise of the Real, released as a double CD. Recorded live during the 2015 tour. Neil Young is addressing mother earth here. Sounds from the audience is mixed with nature and animal sounds, including turkeys, insects, crows, and thunder.
Fairly good reviews on this one
An album, featuring Young with drummer Jim Keltner and bass guitarist Paul Bushnell. Recorded over four days the record consists of folky protest songs with instruments often distorted. Reviews were not too enthusiastic, though some claimed that, as always, Neil Young covers new ground.
Another set of protest songs. The taget this time is the American Government in general and President Donald Trump in particular, Back up is once again the Promise of the Real. Critics were not positive to this record, to say the least, "boring" was a quite common verdict. A bit unfair, in my opinion.
This is the soundtrack to a film directed by Darryl Hannah. A film with no actual script about a bunch of cowboy outlaws searching for a treasure in the mountains, starring Neil Young & the Promise of the Real. The music consists of a mixture of distorted sounds, moody campfire songs and live jams. Best track is the classic "Pochahontas" performed solo with pump organ.
This is the first record with Crazy Horse since Psychedelic Pill 2012, with the exception
that Nils Lofgren is replacing Frank Sampedro. This means that it is is a bit different. It's
noisy but not as noisy as you might expect from Crazy Horse. The songs are good but
by no means exceptional but the dusty howl of Young's electric guitar work can be heard
here and there.