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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 1, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1985
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B00004VW35
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,749 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The country sounds and autobiographical songs of Harvest and Comes a Time returned on this 1985 Geffen LP, with Neil joined by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Bela Fleck!

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Neil Young's most dependable route has always been to head for the back roads. Country-flavored releases Harvest (1972), Comes a Time ('78), Harvest Moon ('92), and Silver & Gold ('00) are among the most commercially popular titles in a fitful career, which makes Old Ways something of a anomaly. Released in 1985 as the mid-title in a misbegotten five-LP stint with Geffen, it failed to exhibit the kind of roughhewn muscle of its more robust country cousins. With Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson making vocal contributions and a mix of longtime Young sidemen and Nashville cats laying down a bed of fiddles, steel guitar, and banjo, it would seem to be cruising right up Music City's main drag of the mid-'80s. But Young being Young, he goes around the bend with "Misfits," which summons an indelible image of space-station astronauts watching reruns of Muhammad Ali fights. It happens to be the most memorable number on Old Ways, which perhaps explains why those new fans never showed up and the old ones found other things to do for awhile. --Steven Stolder

Customer Reviews

Hearing it on CD, I like it as well as I liked _Comes a Time_.
John S. Ryan
Versatility from Neil Young when we're expecting him to sound like Neil (not Eddy, Buddy or Ralf und Florian)is a mixed blessing at best.
R. L. MILLER
This great "Oldie but Goodie" needs to be in your collection if you're a fan as are my son and I. Great listening.
Michael L. Little

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 8, 2000
Format: Audio CD
A straight ahead country album from Neil Young featuring Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings - "OLD WAYS", originally released in 1985- is traveling down the road again with a country band International Harvesters.
Guest appearances by some notables as - Bela Fleck on banjo, Hargus "Pig" Robbins on piano, Rufus Thibodeaux on fiddle, Ralph Mooney on steel guitar, Marty Stuart on mandolin and Terry McMillan on harmonica, plus his usual sidemen Ben Keith, Spooner Oldham, Tim Drummond and Karl Himmel.
This re-mastered album is pure fun, sounds better than ever. Give a listen and see if you don't agree - "OLD WAYS" is a real down-home barn-raisin' time!
Total Time: 36:45 on 10 Tracks/ Universal-Geffen - 069 490 705 2 (2000)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By John S. Ryan on September 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I remember being vaguely disappointed with this one when it came out. But I'm durned if I can remember why. Hearing it on CD, I like it as well as I liked _Comes a Time_.
It's mostly traditional, straight-up country music, with the usual Neil twists (this time it's astronauts sitting around watching reruns of Muhammed Ali). The opening track -- a beautiful take on "The Wayward Wind" -- is the only track that Neil didn't write, and it's as lovely as "Four Strong Winds" on _Comes a Time_. The guest appearances by Waylon & Willie are suitably understated. The songs are strong.
I honestly do not remember why I wasn't thrilled with this when it was first released. But whatever the reason, I was wrong, wrong, wrong.
I seem to recall that around the time this album was released, David Geffen sued Neil for putting out uncharacteristic and uncommercial music. Well, here's hoping Neil keeps that up forever.
Neil, I apologize for doubting you. I haven't got a _clue_ what I was thinking.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Grigory's Girl on November 2, 2008
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I do like some of this album, but most of it feel forced and many of its cuts are way overproduced. Neil has done material with a country tinge to it before, and has done it very well, but when he tries to do a "real" country album, he overdoes it. It's a shame, because the idea of Neil Young doing a country album sounds great on paper.

The song The Wayward Wind, a country music classic covered by just about everyone, is butchered under one of the most overbearing string sections ever. A more subtle approach would have worked so much better. The song Are There Any More Real Cowboys? ventures into self parody, coming across as someone who understands nothing about cowboys. Misfits has some of the silliest lyrics ever in any of Neil's work. The only song that I absolutely adore is Once An Angel, an absolutely beautiful ballad with a sweet production and a moving, sincere vocal by Neil. It's one of my favorite Neil Young songs.

This album is actually one of the better albums from the 80's Neil's Geffen period. As Neil fans know, Geffen sued Young during this time because he felt Neil was purposely doing subpar work to get out of his contract. While that point is debatable, this is one of the few 80's albums that Neil is trying to do something good. He just doesn't succeed fully. It's worth a listen or two, but the only song worth hanging onto is Once An Angel. Old Ways is a noble failure.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David J. Eckebrecht on April 8, 2005
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This CD is a hidden jewel in the Neil Young catalogue, especially for those who enjoy Neil's forays into Country Music. Classic songs include "Once an Angel", "Are There Any More Real Cowboys?" with Willie Nelson, and "Bound for Glory" with the late, great Waylon Jennings. Recorded during his feuding days with David Geffen, this was one of the CDs that Geffen sued Young over, claiming Young had recorded albums that weren't "like Neil Young". Perhaps Mr. Geffen forgot about songs like "the Emperor of Wyoming", "(When You're On the) Losing End", "the Old Country Waltz", "Harvest", etc. If you like Neil Young, and you like Country, you'll like this too!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Neil Young is probably the most eclectic performer in rock. The trio of albums he released between 1982-1985 are the best example of his wandering muse. Trans is a futuristic, electronic album, Everybody's Rocking is an homage to 50's rock sounds and this album, Old Ways is a countrified album in the tradition of Harvest. The album contains some great tracks awash in the steel guitar sounds that mesh so well with Mr. Young's voice. Old Ways has some great stuff including "Are There Any More Cowboys?", "Misfits", "California Sunset" and the superb "Bound For Glory". Old Ways is like an old pair of jeans, comfortable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carole O'Callaghan on April 24, 2000
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This is the album that introduced me to Neil Young. I bought it purely because I love Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, who appear on several tracks. Previously, I had a preconceived view that Neil Young was loud and noisy! I still prefer his accoustic stuff, but at least I learned the errors of my ways. This album holds its own in any category, i.e. country or rock, and comes highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William Nelson on September 12, 2006
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Don't listen to the negative comments on this album. If your a big Neil Young fan you probably already have/had this. Recorded during a heavy country phase. I saw Neil with Waylon Jennings when this album first came out. This album is no joke. It's country, but it's Neil Young country. A little weird, a little outlaw, a little my way or the highway. In other words all the things you like about Neil Young. Accusing Neil Young of being too country would be like saying Bob Dylan is too folky. It goes with the territory.
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