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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 25, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Reprise Records
  • ASIN: B000023X9W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,858 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Thirty years after the double-platinum Top 10 After The Gold Rush, a classic album in rock history, Neil Young presents its acoustic-roots rock sequel, Silver & Gold. The most personal and revelatory album of his career, Silver & Gold is a brilliant musical gem from one of the most influential and enduring singer-songwriters of his generation.

Once prone to straying all over the map, Neil Young has contented himself of late alternating between country squire and convulsive rocker. Silver & Gold is an exquisite addition to Young's pastoral offerings. Envisioned as the singer's first totally solo album, the 10-song set was reconceived and resequenced over the course of three years. Indeed, the four Young songs on Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's problematic Looking Forward were taken from an earlier version of Silver & Gold, backing tracks and all. What's left is a spare, guileless assortment of tunes that owes a thematic and sonic debt to After the Gold Rush. The touchingly nostalgic "Daddy Went Walkin'" and "Red Sun" conjure up images of childhood contentment; Young's parents divorced in his youth, but here they're sweethearts. Love is on Young's mind in the idyllic title track, "Horseshoe Man," and "Razor Love." He reflects on his early musical career with the artless but oddly suitable "Buffalo Springfield Again." Then he pulls it all together with the cryptic closer, "Without Wings." "I'm pickin' somethin' up / I'm lettin' somethin' go," he intones. And one can only reflect on how appropriate it is that Young dropped a song called "Looking Forward" from his latest journey through the past. --Steven Stolder

Customer Reviews

Silver and Gold is one of Neil Young's best albums in years.
M. Scagnelli
There are very strong and beautiful songs on the album(such as Razor love and Great divide).
Daniel Persson
I can honestly say I love every song on this CD, and I can't say that about many albums!
Carla J. Dinsmore

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Mark Slocum on May 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
My title is a lyric from "Distant Camera", cut number 8 on this 10 song disk and 10 songs of love are what Neil offers here. Make no mistake this is mellow Neil; hard rocking, distorted-amp electric Neil stayed home for this one, and that's OK, we know he'll come around soon. So let's enjoy an album of love songs which flows from beginning to end almost as if it was one long ballad, exploring the topic of love and its many facets. The title track puts true love on the front burner and material things on the back. This cut in particular is outstanding with a "Harvest Moon" feel. "Daddy Went Walking" is Neil the storyteller painting a lyrical picture in the vein of "Old King" from Harvest Moon. "Buffalo Springfield Again" is naturally an auto-biographical looking back with an older and wiser perspective, and a bit of longing for times past. "Red Sun" is a stand-out song about lasting love and "Razor Love" acknowledges a hurtful side of love. The rest of the cuts are excellent with appearances by Linda Rhondstat and Emmylou Harris on harmony. For those of us who appreciate both "Evil" Neil and "Nice" Neil this is a 5-star album...For those who prefer only "Evil" Neil take a pass on this one...
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By sask on July 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
With Silver & Gold, Neil Young has released his best album since Harvest Moon. A relaxed, wistful reflection on life and love, Young keeps things simple with a stripped-down sound (acoustic guitar punctuated with drums, piano, and plaintive steel guitar here and there) and lyrics that are minimalist without sinking into banality ("all i want/is a song of love/a song of love/to sing to you"). 'Good To See You' and 'Silver & Gold' are basic love songs that transcend their simplicity with their lilting melodies; 'Daddy Went Walkin'' and 'Horseshoe Man' paint ethereal pictures of simple life. The last three songs on Silver & Gold rank among the best Young has written in the past ten years: 'Distant Camera' reworks the opening riff of 'Old Man' into a reflection of the artist who feels he has become that same Old Man; 'Razor Love' is a beautiful ballad played with a full band which evokes Harvest-era Young; and 'Without Rings' serves as a darker, melancholy conclusion that surprises the listener with its frankness. This album was painstakingly assembled over a couple years, but the wait was more than worth it. Silver & Gold is one of the better albums of 2000.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jake Berry on May 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Forever moving outside the style of the week, even moving beyond his own inclinations, Young remains one of the great individuals of his generation of songwriter/musicians. Silver & Gold is more than a mellow recording in the manner of Harvest or Comes A Time, it's very nearly the completely solo album that Young first imagined it. Accompaniment is sparse and tastefully contributed to the mix. As with virtually all of his work, the songs are plainly honest and heartfelt, this time focusing on love and relationship. This is not a masterpiece on the level of After The Goldrush or Rust Never Sleeps, but it's awfully good. For the most part the songs are hopeful with the closing number mixing Young's idiosycratic humor with dark passages that suggest the old doubts that haunted his earlier work remain with the wiser man, though less disturbingly so. This is Young as quiet as we are likely to get him and no one covers the silent moments better.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By P. B. Fey on May 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is a moving record that evokes, and adds to the legacy, of Mr. Young's best introspective, acoustic work. For those who insist on distinguishing between the electric and acoustic Neil Young, this record is the off-spring of such gems as "Harvest," "Comes A Time," "Old Ways" (to a certain extent), and "Harvest Moon." That said, it stands on its own and will likely still be well-regarded well down the line.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Sullivan on November 19, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The fact is, there's no pleasing a Neil Young fan. You might dig your heals in and refuse to buy any unauthorised material, content simply to bide your time and wait for Young to get around to releasing his songs officially - but when he does, the version he chooses to present to the paying public isn't the one you want! Here's another fact for you: Neil Young is a stubborn old mule. He'll release what he darn well wants to release and everyone can shut up and live with it. But Silver & Gold has to be sung with harmonies, it certainly shouldn't be stripped right down to one man and his guitar. There's no pleasing some people. Truth is, it fits in perfectly with the whole experience that is Young's, what, 32nd, album?
Comparisons have inevitably been made with anything from Harvest to Comes A Time through Old Ways to Harvest Moon, but it differs considerably from all those releases. He has always promised a truly acoustic album, but somewhere along the line he has given in to plugging in Old Black, or he has drafted in some doohicky fiddle player to spice up the proceedings and belt the thing along a pace, but not here. Restrained, reflective, laid back. Neil Young, the man and his music, alone with his guitar and harmonica. He is joined by other musicians, but somehow you always get the feeling that this is just him, and it is quite fitting that he should keep the title track all to himself. He took eleven goes to get that song just right, he was never satisfied with the versions featuring extra musicians, and eventually settled with a low-key rendition, just him alone - no harmonies - and that is just the way it should be when the title track sums up the feelings that weave their way throughout all eleven songs: Our kind of love just never seems to get old, its better than silver and gold.
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