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1972

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Neil Young Harvest review - Neil Young and the Stray Gators

Harvest review

Prior to Harvest, Neil Young had two solo albums that he recorded with Crazy Horse (both incredible) and one without them. With the death of guitarist/singer Danny Whitten, Neil Young's new backing band went by the name of The Stray Gators. While on his album Everybody Knows This is Nowhere it is the electric songs that are well-known, with Harvest it is the softer tracks that had commercial success and ever lasting appeal. 

The album starts by defining the overall Nashville theme with the opening track "Out On the Weekend." The most commercial song, "Heart of Gold" is a classic and features Linda Ronstadt on background vocals. Though, the track "Old Man" is a really just as fine of a composition. The acoustic guitar and soft singing  set the back-drop, while the complementary background singing, banjo, and guitar melody tie everything together to yield one Neil Young's best songs. The simple acoustic "The Needle and the Damage Done" was written for the late Crazy Horse member Whitten.

The tracks "Are You Ready For The Weekend," "Alabama," and "Words" are the electric tracks and are all solid, and they add to the dynamics and flow of a true classic album; with "Words" offering a thoroughly enjoyable contrast of Neil's whining guitar and Ben Keith's melodic pedal steel. 

Neil young's Harvest went to number one in 1972. It was not a mistake.
by Barry Small  

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Neil Young Trilogy
Harvest Harvest Moon Prairie Wind CD|DVD
 
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Neil Young Harvest review - Neil Young and the Stray Gators
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1. Out On The Weekend 
2. Harvest 
3. A Man Needs A Maid 
4. Heart Of Gold 
5. Are You Ready For The Country? 
6. Old Man 
7. There's A World 
8. Alabama 
9. Needle And The Damage Done 
10. Words (Between the Lines of Age)

Neil Young Harvest review - Neil Young and the Stray Gators
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Neil Young and the Stray Gators

Neil Young Guitar, Harmonica, Composer, Vocals
Ben Keith - Guitar, Guitar (Steel), Vocals 
Jack Nitzsche - Piano, Keyboards,
Tim Drummond - Bass
Ken Buttrey - Drums

Others:
Linda Ronstadt
The London Orchestra
Stephen Stills
Graham Nash
David Crosby
John Harris

Neil Young Harvest review - Neil Young and the Stray Gators
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Warner 1972
Oct. 1990 - CD

Neil Young Harvest review - Neil Young and the Stray Gators

 

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