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Greatest Hits

15 Nov. 2004 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 15 Nov. 2004
  • Release Date: 15 Nov. 2004
  • Label: Reprise
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  • Total Length: 1:16:27
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  • ASIN: B001F31T1A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,283 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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126 of 130 people found the following review helpful By nicjaytee on 16 Jan. 2005
Format: Audio CD
So what have we here? Well, as a 5 star selection of Neil Young tracks there's little to fault this album - every one is top notch and together they cover a very fair cross-section of his often complex wanderings between folk, country and hard-rock.

Job well done then? Well not really. First off the selection itself is too limited, with only four tracks covering the last 25 years and with none after 1992. The man's had his ups & downs but his career is much broader than represented here and his post 1977 work includes a much larger number of truly excellent tracks than this compilation, with its heavy weighting to pre-1977, suggests. Odd... not least because, with only a small number of genuine single/album "hits" to his name, it's not as though there's any particular reason to limit it in this way through a "Greatest Hits" title.

Secondly, its sequencing, while strictly chronological, is bizarre. Do people who want to be introduced to an artist (as those at who it's directed at will be) really want to start off with "Down by the River" and "Cowgirl in the Sand" - two excellent but distinctly similar and lengthy hard rock work-outs. Sitting here as its first two tracks, they provide a less than helpful 20 minute opening for someone who probably only knows "Heart of Gold" and maybe a couple of other of Neil Young's more MOR outings.

Finally, 11 of the 16 tracks are already available on the only other sensible retrospective currently available, the excellent two CD "Decade" from 1977, which provides a much more comprehensive & interesting overview of the first 10 years of his 30 year plus career. Result?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Reid on 28 July 2011
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The problem with a "greatest hits" album from an artist as varied, inspired and (sooo) prolific as Neil Young is - what do you leave out? This album could have been a 4 CD box set and still people would gripe about gems not chosen. On this single CD release, the compiler (I'm guessing Neil himself) used "record sales, airplay and known downloads" as the criteria for inclusion, and I must say it works pretty well.
Personally I'd hate to have to boil down the career of Mr.Young into 16 tracks, although I don't think I would have devoted almost 20 precious minutes to two long and similar tracks from the first album with Crazy Horse ("Cowgirl in the sand" & "Down by the river") whilst ignoring material from the "Zuma" and "Ragged Glory" albums (to name but two) - but there you go.
This aside, this is a great overview of the career of one of rock's great innovators - it's all here from the plaintive, fragile introspection of the "Goldrush"/"Harvest" era to the hard rockin' Crazy Horse material with a little bit of CSNY thrown in for good measure.
What grabs me about Young (apart from his unique voice and demented guitar solos) is his ironic, almost subversive take on life, "Rockin' In The Free World" for example, a song released around the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the old Soviet empire, ostensbly sounds like an anthem for Republican cold-war warriors, when in fact the verses reveal the darker side of life in the good ol' western world. With Neil Young what you see isn't always what you get.

To concude this is a wonderful album and a great place to start/update your Neil Young collection, and the price makes it unmissable.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By COLSEE VINE VOICE on 19 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
Having just been reading the other informative reviews there is one point missing so far. This c.d. has been mixed from the master tapes and the sound is truly superb. A slight hissing can be heard at the start of certain tracks but the instruments and vocals really come out crystal clear.

Due to his prolific output some studio albums would no doubt be too much for alot of people but this c.d. does not have a duff track on it.

The guitar work is superb and varies between being very rocky and showcasing delicate acoustic songs still managing to rock. The vocals, although not to every ones idea of mainstream, stretch every emotion from the songs.

You always feel that every word is heartfelt.

As noted in another review it is a brave decision to put two almost ten minute tracks at the start, but if you like this style of music they do not drag on like some long tracks can seem to.

One of my favourite albums, you won't play it lots maybe but when you do you will wonder why you don't !!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. D. Flight on 12 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
I had the pleasure of seeing Neil Young live in Kent last weekend. It was great to see he is still on tremendous form after all these years. With a catalogue of about thirty albums it is difficult for newcomers to his work to know where to start their collection, but this compilation covers a lot of his best known music. In fact according to the man himself it was compiled according to sales of the songs, airplay and known download history which gives the track selection credibility.

The collection begins with three of Neil Youngs' key songs- two epics which demonstrate the remarkable craftsmanship behind his output (Down by the River and Cowgirl in the Sand) and the shorter, harder edged 'Cinnamon Girl', an instantly catchy number. These songs are all taken from his 'Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere' album. Unbelievably I read in an Uncut magazine feature from late 2004 that they were all written in one day whilst Neil was bedridden with fever! Further examples of his brilliance are his CSNY tracks- the melancholy Helpless and the powerful and angry protest song 'Ohio'. The latter, written and recorded in a single day was Neils' reaction to hearing of the needless deaths of student demonstrators in 1970.

One thing I enjoy about listening to this CD is that it demonstrates Youngs' versatility. 'Heart of Gold' is very tuneful and was a huge commercial hit; personal songs 'Old Man' and 'The Needle and the Damage Done' are further examples of Youngs' more acoustic-driven output, taken from the outstanding 1972 release 'Harvest' (his best known album perhaps). Elsewhere there is near-perfect, beautifully crafted country (the upbeat 'Comes a Time' and the melancholy 'Harvest Moon' which closes the collection).
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