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Harvest

Neil YoungAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1972
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B000002KD1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,765 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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)

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Proclaiming his intentions with "Are You Ready for the Country?" Young detoured briefly to the Nashville mainstream. On this No. 1 1972 album, even the singer's acquired-taste voice comes across smooth and beautiful--the smash "Heart of Gold," with steel guitars and Linda Ronstadt's backup vocals, is by far Young's most commercial-sounding song. His usual dissonant touches, like the otherworldly guitar in "Out on the Weekend," are less spooky in this new context. The last two tracks, the deceptively gentle "The Needle and the Damage Done" and the hypnotic rocker "Words (Between the Lines of Age)," predict "Tonight's the Night," Young's haunted 1975 classic. --Steve Knopper

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YOUNG NEIL HARVEST

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Awhile ago somewhere I don't no when . . . " September 4, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Few artists can match Neil Young in musical artistry, creative versatility, and artistic/personal intergrity - Dylan, Lennon, Hendrix, Stipe, Young - the list does not go much beyond that. Young's *Harvest* is further reminder that we are dealing with a legendary composer and performer, one who defies categorization while still remaining relevant to so many categorized styles. Not many artists can lay claim to that(see the short list above and maybe add three or four more).
Harvest ranges from the understated, pensive mood of songs like "Out on the Country," "Harvest," and "Old Man" to the sheer desperation of "A Man Needs a Maid," and "Words" to the acoustic heartbreak of "Needle and the Damage Done," to the Moody Blues-style optimism of "There's A World," to the dark country rock of "Are You Ready for the Country," all the way down to the proto-grunge social criticism in "Alabama" (Made famous on the top 40 thanks to Lynard Skynard). With the possible exception of "There's a World," (which, a la Moody Blues, rather lays the London Symphony on a bit too thick - it works on "A Man Needs a Maid owing to the sheer drama of the song, but goes over the top on "There's a World), each track is a masterful cut, demonstrating Young's ability to conquer and mix numerous genres. Lyrically Neil is at his best, capturing mood and evoking emotion in ways that few composers can even touch. Young's singing, in spite of criticisms of the alleged "thin quality" in his voice, is superb - skillfully phrasing his lyrics so that they play well off of the Stray Gators heavier sound.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's that good February 26, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Neil Young's Harvest is sometimes dismissed as his most commercial album, due in part to the success of Heart of Gold as a single. He's been criticized for employing lush strings on a couple of tunes here (A Man Needs a Maid; There's a World) but I don't care what anybody says; they work, and the songs are gorgeous. In fact, the whole record is full of great songs. Out on the Weekend, Heart of Gold, Old Man, Needle and the Damage Done, -- how many albums can boast a lineup like that? Bottom line is, this rates with his best work. Don't miss it.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Neil's masterpiece...remastered at last July 19, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I suppose the release of the Archives box set (which I still plan to buy on Blu-ray) could have easily been the harbinger of a remastered Neil Young catalogue, but even if not, this is still most welcome. Up to now, the closest thing I had was the 30th Anniversary DVD-Audio, with Harvest remixed in 5.1 Surround, but we've definitely needed the straight CD to be improved.

And Neil has not let us down - this, and its 3 predecessors (his self-titled solo debut from 1969, the first album with Crazy Horse [Everybody Knows This is Nowhere], and the equally-classic After the Gold Rush), are now remastered and greatly improved upon from the muddy CD mixes Warners first gave us in the late '80s. I should imagine that SHM-CD or Blu-spec versions aren't far behind, although I'd like to see Neil go back and redo the Buffalo Springfield albums next, preferably the expanded 1997 version of the first album and an expanded version of Again with the long-unavailable 9-minute version of "Bluebird" added as a bonus track, perhaps even as a Collector's Edition. (Note to Neil if he's reading this: Please do it!)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all music fans September 21, 2000
By Laura
Format:Audio CD
This album is the mortar and bricks that have built up the music industry. The lush sounds, sad themes and haunting melodies are beyond category, beyond time, and beyond what I had expected. The people influenced by this album are numerous. The song "Sweet home alabama" has references to Young's own Alabama. There is a Nirvan bootlegg named after "Needle and the Damage done," and, there was numerous uproars about the song "man needs a maid" This album is definately worth checking out!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must for every folkie and country rock fan! October 7, 2000
By "fiora"
Format:Audio CD
Neil young is truely an artist. Never afraid to experiment, his talent is often misunderstood, and even misused. That, however, is simply not true on this album. From beginning to end, every bit of this album smacks of genius. Some songs represent a good time (are you ready for the country, out on the weekend) and some just touch you (the needle and the damage done, there's a world). while the two songs with orchestra stick out(world, and a man needs a maid), one can appreciate neil's song-writing ability, even with this over-production. Not to be lost, however is the sparse needle, a classic, and alabama, with its not so subtle message, provoking a famous response from lynyrd skynyrd. Even if you buy this disc only for heart of gold, and needle, you will fall in love with the entire album.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "....Keeps Me Searching For..." August 14, 2009
Format:Audio CD
As we all know, Neil Young has famously resisted the remastered reissue of his huge catalogue on CD because of what he feels is the format's less than stellar representation of analogue tapes' 'original sound' - and almost a full 20 years after 1989's first issue of Harvest on a dullard CD - it looks like the guy is having the last laugh - because this meticulously prepared tape transfer is GLORIOUS. It really is.

First to the details - Harvest was released in February 1972 on Reprise Records MS 2032 in the USA and K 54005 in the UK (it went to Number 1 in both countries and many others around the world). This 2009 NYA OSR remaster (Neil Young Archives - Original Release Series) is Disc 4 of 4 and carries the HDCD code on the label and rear inlay (High Definition Compatible Disc). Until now, 2004's "Greatest Hits" set (which offered us three Harvest tracks remastered into HDCD sound quality) was the only real indication of just how good the album 'could' sound. And outside of the DVD Audio release (which few people have), this is the first time the 'entire' album has been given a sonic upgrade. The Audio Tape Restoration and Analog-To-HDCD Digital Transfer of the Original Master Tapes was carried out by JOHN NOWLAND (24-Bit 176 KHZ) with the Editing and Mastering done by TIM MULLIGAN - and they've done a stunning job.

The inlay faithfully reproduces the foldout lyric sheet in the same earthy textured paper that the matching album cover had (a sort of first for recycling way back then) and the print isn't cramped either - it's very readable. In fact the booklet in "Harvest" is probably the most aesthetically pleasing of all 4 releases.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Neil Young
I misplaced my original copy and just had to have it back in my collection.
Neil's songs just never get old.
Published 6 days ago by John A Prostka
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice but high priced.
Very well made. Just like the original that I had when I was young. Should be less expensive though. Rock
Published 6 days ago by Rock N Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Harvest
Fast download, great album! Really pleased with the quality and sound. Way better than the remastered version on other sites.
Published 20 days ago by Amanda Hefner
5.0 out of 5 stars Harvest.
In my opinion, of the hundreds of albums of the 1970s with which I am familiar, this is the very best. Read more
Published 1 month ago by rlopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories
Love the older music that I grew up with. This was an easy down load I can listen to from my phone.
Published 1 month ago by Susan Merrill
5.0 out of 5 stars Harvest...Probably Neil Young's Finest Album...
No Neil Young collection can be considered complete without this key album; it's great...every track is a winner. You don't see many albums like that. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fred Di Francesco
5.0 out of 5 stars Neil Young at his finest
Not much to be said here. Neil Young on an hdcd. I have been a fan of his since the CSN&Y days and he is still one of my favorite artists. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hank
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC - FAVORITE
This album is a winner. It has always been. I needed to get a new CD. The sounds travel right to your heart.
Published 2 months ago by S
5.0 out of 5 stars Harvest
One of Neil's best albums. All the tunes are great, and I really like his voice and the outstanding performance of, Jack Nietzshe the piano player.
Published 2 months ago by Ronald Parsons Rioux
5.0 out of 5 stars timeless
So, I just discovered Neil Young's music in 2013.. just a little late, huh? Anyways, this is a timeless masterpiece and recommend to those laid back individuals who enjoy real... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jit Patel
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What is this album about?
Harvest seeds are; get back to the land, are you ready for the country and western (California sound), go your own way, acoustic setting and natural songs, a man needs a maid, father and farther love, say no to drugs, hippie freedom, harvest 'words' (and end times of the 60's) and all of the above.
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