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Vinyl, Import, 22 December 2009
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 32.31 x 31.9 x 1.3 cm; 714.12 Grams
- Manufacturer : REPRISE
- Item Model Number : 521636
- Original Release Date : 2009
- Label : REPRISE
- ASIN : B002WNU0M6
- Number of discs : 3
- Best Sellers Rank: 29,391 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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A 16 song, 180 Gram Vinyl 2 LP Set greatest hits collection, limited to the Reprise catalog and covering the years 1969 to 1992. This package includes a 45 rpm 2 song 7 inch single in red, white or blue vinyl, which features a mono version of 'Sugar Mountain' and a stereo version of 'The Loner.' Pressed at Pallas and packaged in Stoughton paper-wrapped jacket with bonus 7 inch in jacket with special paper stock). The 45 rpm 2 song 7 inch single, an exclusive bonus to this package, was cut from the original 2 track masters and is not available on the CD or DVD- Audio versions of this release.
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Personally I'd hate to have to boil down the career of Mr.Young into 16 tracks, although I don't think I would have devoted almost 20 precious minutes to two long and similar tracks from the first album with Crazy Horse ("Cowgirl in the sand" & "Down by the river") whilst ignoring material from the "Zuma" and "Ragged Glory" albums (to name but two) - but there you go.
This aside, this is a great overview of the career of one of rock's great innovators - it's all here from the plaintive, fragile introspection of the "Goldrush"/"Harvest" era to the hard rockin' Crazy Horse material with a little bit of CSNY thrown in for good measure.
What grabs me about Young (apart from his unique voice and demented guitar solos) is his ironic, almost subversive take on life, "Rockin' In The Free World" for example, a song released around the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the old Soviet empire, ostensbly sounds like an anthem for Republican cold-war warriors, when in fact the verses reveal the darker side of life in the good ol' western world. With Neil Young what you see isn't always what you get.
To concude this is a wonderful album and a great place to start/update your Neil Young collection, and the price makes it unmissable.
i was totally moved and had to buy his greatest hits and was amazed by his songs.