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Best Neil Young Studio Album

Best Neil Young Studio Album (including Crazy Horse, but not CSNY)  

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It was tough to limit this to 15 albums...  I know someone is going to want to vote for Re-act-or 😁

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Very tough for me - one of my favorite artists and there are 4-5 albums I could call my favorite depending on mood. Went with "After the Gold Rush" here.

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I thought that Neil Young was one of the toughest artists to select a "best" album.  Gotta be in the top 5 in that regard, maybe top 3.

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Its a tribute to Young how difficult it is.  One of my faves - Tonight's the Night - not even on the list.  Went with Harvest.

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34 minutes ago, CletiusMaximus said:

Its a tribute to Young how difficult it is.  One of my faves - Tonight's the Night - not even on the list.  Went with Harvest.

You could just vote "Other" or "Smoo".

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7 minutes ago, The Z Machine said:

You could just vote "Other" or "Smoo".

I was looking for yesno.

True.

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I’d go with Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere for Down by the River and Cowgirl in the Sand alone.

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My dad blasted the #### out of that Harvest Moon song when I was a kid.  That was his jam.

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16 minutes ago, Apple Jack said:

Look out mama, there's a white boat comin' up the river

My nephew died in a car crash at 20, when I was in my late 20s myself.  The progression from acoustic to electric on Rust Never Sleeps felt very cathartic when I played it at increasing volume.

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30 minutes ago, Apple Jack said:

Look out mama, there's a white boat comin' up the river

One of those classic lyrical mysteries.  Neil threw together some cool-sounding lyrics that seem to tell part of a larger story, but no one knows what its about.   I've always assumed its a family of back-river hillbillies running a moonshine operation that's getting busted by the feds (in the white boat). 

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6 hours ago, CletiusMaximus said:

One of those classic lyrical mysteries.  Neil threw together some cool-sounding lyrics that seem to tell part of a larger story, but no one knows what its about.   I've always assumed its a family of back-river hillbillies running a moonshine operation that's getting busted by the feds (in the white boat). 

Nah, this one isn't hard to figure out. It's exactly what you think it is. 

 Big John's been drinking since the river took Emmy-Lou. All time great line.

I picked Everyone Knows, because I love Cowgirl, but could have easily picked On the Beach, Tonight's the Night, Zuma, Harvest (and Moon).

Neil is my favorite artist. 

 

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8 hours ago, zamboni said:

I’d go with Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere for Down by the River and Cowgirl in the Sand alone.

 

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8 hours ago, zamboni said:

I’d go with Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere for Down by the River and Cowgirl in the Sand alone.

Yep. I also love Cinnamon Girl. 

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An other vote for Tonight's the Night. 

Totally understand that people would vote for other albums (or should I say, not other album?).

It's one of those one-off gems found in the catalogs of many other prolific artists.  Springsteen's Nebraska comes to mind, and Bob Dylan and the Band's The Basment Tapes.

ETA: Forgot how good World on a String is.

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Rust Never Sleeps barely over Harvest and Everyone Knows This is Nowhere. 

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I chose After the Gold Rush.  I probably would have taken  Harvest, if I hadn't heard it 5 million times in college.

 

An EP of his tracks with CSNY would have been a formidable entry.

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4 hours ago, grateful zed said:

rust never sleeps is a live album, not studio.

True, but it's all previously-unreleased tracks, yes? (As compared with a lot of live albums that have live versions of tracks from a few studio albums)

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4 hours ago, grateful zed said:

rust never sleeps is a live album, not studio.

I looked this up earlier today when I saw it included here.  Interesting info: “Most of the album was recorded live, then overdubbed in the studio.” 

 

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9 minutes ago, CletiusMaximus said:

I looked this up earlier today when I saw it included here.  Interesting info: “Most of the album was recorded live, then overdubbed in the studio.” 

 

I think that was common of many live albums of the day to sharpen the sound.

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Mirror Ball isn't his best, but it might be one of my favorites.  So influenced by 90s grunge, a departure for him but he faced it and aced it.

"Words unspoken tend to leave a hollow sound"....

He's put out a LOT of music.  So many albums get lost in the shuffle. 

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1. Everybody Knows This is Nowhere

2. Tonight's The Night

3. Harvest

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2 hours ago, zamboni said:
2 hours ago, CletiusMaximus said:

I looked this up earlier today when I saw it included here.  Interesting info: “Most of the album was recorded live, then overdubbed in the studio.” 

 

I think that was common of many live albums of the day to sharpen the sound.

Time Fades Away was recorded the same way. 

Neil stayed busy in the 70s.

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11 hours ago, General Malaise said:

Mirror Ball isn't his best, but it might be one of my favorites.  So influenced by 90s grunge, a departure for him but he faced it and aced it.

"Words unspoken tend to leave a hollow sound"....

He's put out a LOT of music.  So many albums get lost in the shuffle. 

I think it's more accurate to say Crazy Horse inspired "grunge", whatever that word means, more than the other way around.

As for as Rust Never Sleeps being recorded mostly live, I think of it kind of like Europe '72. But more so worthy of "album" designation, as none of the RNS songs had been release before.

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On 12/13/2019 at 11:55 PM, General Malaise said:

Mirror Ball isn't his best, but it might be one of my favorites.  So influenced by 90s grunge, a departure for him but he faced it and aced it.

"Words unspoken tend to leave a hollow sound"....

 

"I'm The Ocean"...a "lost" classic from the perspective that many of Neil's fans were not Pearl Jam aficionados. Still a tune that I typically play 2-3 times in a row when it comes on.

Love the classics, but will throw Freedom in the mix.  Began his renaissance after the Geffen years and I challenge any artist in his late period to put out a string of albums as solid as Freedom to Broken Arrow. Predisposed to the Horse, so likely my bias.

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On 12/15/2019 at 4:21 PM, Big Blue Wrecking Crew said:

"I'm The Ocean"...a "lost" classic from the perspective that many of Neil's fans were not Pearl Jam aficionados. Still a tune that I typically play 2-3 times in a row when it comes on.

Love the classics, but will throw Freedom in the mix.  Began his renaissance after the Geffen years and I challenge any artist in his late period to put out a string of albums as solid as Freedom to Broken Arrow. Predisposed to the Horse, so likely my bias.

I think you and I would get along great on a road trip. :thumbup:

 

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2 minutes ago, Don't Noonan said:

I didn't recognize one album name.  :shrug:

Give his MTV Unplugged album a listen.  I think you'd like it. We can adjust accordingly from there. 

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1 minute ago, General Malaise said:

Give his MTV Unplugged album a listen.  I think you'd like it. We can adjust accordingly from there. 

I'll search for it on youtube

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On 12/13/2019 at 7:07 AM, The Z Machine said:

I thought that Neil Young was one of the toughest artists to select a "best" album.  Gotta be in the top 5 in that regard, maybe top 3.

 

In addition an album that came out 23 years after his solo debut (Harvest Moon) is legitimately get votes as his best album. Not many artists putting out that quality of work that long into their career. 

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6 hours ago, Don't Noonan said:

I didn't recognize one album name.  :shrug:

Shocker!

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On December 13, 2019 at 8:09 PM, Mister CIA said:

An other vote for Tonight's the Night. 

Totally understand that people would vote for other albums (or should I say, not other album?).

It's one of those one-off gems found in the catalogs of many other prolific artists.  Springsteen's Nebraska comes to mind, and Bob Dylan and the Band's The Basment Tapes.

ETA: Forgot how good World on a String is.

Neil > Dylan for me.   Not that it matters.  

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14 hours ago, Don't Noonan said:

I didn't recognize one album name.  :shrug:

Seriously?

Could you name a Neil Young album before you posted in this thread? If not, why did you come in here?

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2 hours ago, The Z Machine said:

Seriously?

Could you name a Neil Young album before you posted in this thread? If not, why did you come in here?

Schtickers gonna schtick.

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2 hours ago, The Z Machine said:

Seriously?

Could you name a Neil Young album before you posted in this thread? If not, why did you come in here?

Nope.  I assumed Neil Young was a musician.

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10 minutes ago, Don't Noonan said:

Nope.  I assumed Neil Young was a musician.

or a professional photographer.

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