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The 2017 vinyl edition of this Neil Young classic comes from the officially sanctioned re-release program (Neil Young Archives Official Release Series – NYA ORS 11) and is a breathtaking triumph. I've personally owned AUS, US and Japanese originals of this album on wax (still have all 3), and this is the first time it's really sounded 100% perfect in vinyl format.
Basically, if you've been searching for THE copy to own, this is the one (unless MOFI or Analogue Productions come along and reissue, and they won't, because Uncle Neil won't allow that).
One of my all time favourite albums (this is the fourth time I've bought it). The first half is intelligent, sometimes playful, rustic while the second half is full on electric rock. Without going into all the songs, a special mention has to be made for Thrasher. On one level it details Young's breakup up with CSN&Y but on another describes the feelings of all many people who have walked away from one form of life to start another. In many ways it is as much a poem as a song. When listening to Thrasher I always want to dig out some road films, such as Vanishing Point, or watch again Five Easy Pieces with Jack Nicholson. It's difficult to describe just how good this album is (the playing, the singing and the production are great) but I can say, Rust Never Sleeps together with Live Rust, represent some of the bet rock music you will ever hear.