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Returned for a refund because: • the sound wasn't up to expectations of being mastered from original analogue source • there were windings of pvc inside the inner sleeve and stuck all over the record • the outer sleeve has been made from such thick, stiff cardboard that I physically struggled to get the record in and out, to the point where it would, without doubt, damage the sleeve. Have since bought a mint second hand copy.
After Rhino issued On The Beach etc a few years ago with excellent sound I started to wonder whether we would ever get the rest of Neils albums with the sound they deserve. Well, finally it has started with his first four albums and the sound is excellent, the whole album just comes alive, so much better than the old cd edition. Now we just need the rest of Neils back catalogue to be re released with as good a sound. I just hope it's not going to take him as long as did with these four. Oh, and the music itself? Go on treat yourself, all of Neils output up to and including Live Rust is worth having. This is where Nirvana et al got their sound from. One of the great originals.
This was Neil's second solo record but the first with his back-up band Crazy Horse after they were previously in The Rockets so when Neil heard there lp he was initially impressed he kind of stole them in a way as his backup group and made a much effort with this compared to his first solo album which came a year before this and it's a wonderful album and sounds great after 45 years when this came out, highlights for me are cinnamon girl, round & round, down by the river (best track on the album!), the losing end and cowgirl in the sand.
Well worth recommend if you like Neil's hard rock laid back style apporach.
Neil Young's raw and slightly ragged style is as potent today as it was back in 1969. It's fun to revisit this record in forty-plus years of retrospect to hear how little his fundamental approach to making music has changed.
I would say that Harvest is still the 'entry-level' album for discovering the man and his music - but for those with more than a passing interest, this is an easy recommendation.
Great album his first electric stuff since Buffalo Springfield I think. Some of the songs are jammed out for a while and contain some great guitar work by Neil in his usual sloppy style. They go on for a bit too long though for studio versions though.
The album is backed up with Crazy Horse and was his first with them. A few great songs on the album too like 'Cinnamon Girl' and 'Down By The River'.
The only downside is because a couple of the songs are long there are only 7 songs on the album and there were obviously time limits in those days with vinyl (only about 20 minutes per side).
The second solo album from what was at the time the young grunge demigod. Great album, stellar versions of "Cinnamon Girl" and "Cowgirl In the Sand", a minor classic in the country-tinged "The Losing End", and some searing violin work from Bobby Notkoff on "Running Dry". Often overlooked in the pantheon of Neil Young's work, preceding as it did "After The Goldrush" and "Harvest", this album is a joy. Highly recommended.