After a misfiring self-titled solo debut album, Neil Young recruited the remnants of The Rockets, who were renamed Crazy Horse in the process, and delivered this, 'Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere', and his career as a soloist really kicked into gear. 'Everybody Knows' is a terrific album, and set the blueprint for at least the guitar-heavy side of his future solo recordings. This newly-remastered version corrects the sonic anomalies of the original CD reissue, and has never sounded better. The bottom end is full and dynamic, and the guitar interplay between Young and Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten (RIP) is beautifully realised. Apart from the lengthy guitar excursions, 'Cowgirl In The Sand' and 'Down By The River', shorter songs such as 'Cinnamon Girl', the title track, and the delightful country lope-along '(When You're On) The Losing End' show that Young was also capable of writing economical, concise and very direct songs, and, what's more, had found the perfect backing combo to help realise them.
This is an utterly wonderful album that delivers every time. Don't have it yet? You gotta get it.