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Past is prologue, so someone said. But the acoustic prologue to “Driftin’ Back,” the epic (and we mean epic, clocking in as it does at more the 27 gripping minutes) opening song of Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s inspired album Psychedelic Pill, sets the calendar at right now. This is an artist, ever in the moment, fully grounded, firmly rooted, renewing the ... Read more in Amazon's Neil Young Store

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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 (234 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,595 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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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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44 of 47 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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28 of 30 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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gold Harvest April 5, 2000
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Neil Young fans had to wait two years for the successor to AFTER THE GOLDRUSH.In between albums, moved out to the country,got divorced and found love again with actress Carrie Snodgrass,and injured his back severly while moving furniture. All these factors contributed in a mellow release entitled HARVEST;with pickup group The Stray Gators(plus guest artists like James Taylor and Linda Rondstat).HARVEST is a country tinged album,with a lot less to worry about than later releases.Neil broods on love(HARVEST,OUT ON THE WEEKEND,A MAN NEEDS A MAID,THERE'S A WORLD),racism (ALABAMA),and drug abuse(THE NEEDLE AND THE DAMAGE DONE).Two hits resulted from this album,HEART OF GOLD(which Young claims put him in the middle of the road,so he headed for a ditch)and OLD MAN. WORDS(BETWEEN THE LINES OF AGE)is a long jam session.ARE YOU READY FOR THE COUNTRY became a hit for Waylon Jennings.A few Young fans regard the album as two countrified and commercial;I think this is his best in his country period which includes COMES A TIME,HARVEST MOON and OLD WAYS. This was my first Neil Young album,and I'll probably have a copy of it on me somewhere when I go.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A great album to be sure
A great album to be sure, one that squarely pegs his lovely acoustic pinnacle, including "Harvest", "The Needle and the Damage Done" and "Old Man" . Read more
Published 1 day ago by Daniel W. Bleier
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
perfect record glad i found a mint condition 180 gram of this masterpiece!
Published 1 day ago by joe shanahan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
New album just as described. Thanks, Mike
Published 3 days ago by mikewoestman
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Because we love Neil Young, this CD was purchased for my husband for Father's Day and we are not disappointed.
Published 23 days ago by C. DeJong
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this album!
I have always loved this album. After being separated from it for many years it's like meeting an old friend again. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Janet
5.0 out of 5 stars His best
I jsut cry when I think of what I was doing when I hear these songs again. I miss all the free spirit, sex, drugs and rock and roll. Pre HIV.
Published 1 month ago by Mike Mcconkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic
Neil Young at his best. Just love it. All irreplaceable songs. You can't just get his greatest hits. So much is missing.
Published 2 months ago by Rosemary Downey
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD-Audio DTS Surround Sound
I bought this back when it was still in print and reasonably priced. This is the best I have ever heard Neil Young. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Deep Thought
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Neil Young
Some of Neil Young's finest works. A must have album for baby boomers who love classic rock. It's especially nice to get both the CD and MP3s for the same price.
Published 2 months ago by Ed Dwan
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 3 months ago by John A Prostka
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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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