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1 Sep 1977

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  Song Title
Out On The Weekend
A Man Needs A Maid
Heart Of Gold
Are You Ready For The Country
Old Man
There's A World
The Needle And The Damage Done
Words [Between The Lines Of Age]

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Sep 1977
  • Release Date: 1 Sep 1977
  • Label: Rhino
  • Copyright: 1972 Warner Bros. Records Inc.
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  • Total Length: 37:34
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  • ASIN: B001F3UCTU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,089 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "....Keeps Me Searching..." 14 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
As we all know, Neil Young has famously resisted the remastered reissue of his huge catalogue on CD because of what he feels is the format's less than stellar representation of analogue tapes' 'original sound' - and almost a full 20 years after 1989's first issue of Harvest on a dullard CD - it looks like the guy is having the last laugh - because this meticulously prepared tape transfer is GLORIOUS. It really is.

First to the details - Harvest was released in February 1972 on Reprise Records MS 2032 in the USA and K 54005 in the UK (it went to Number 1 in both countries and many others around the world). This 2009 NYA OSR remaster (Neil Young Archives - Original Release Series) is Disc 4 of 4 and carries the HDCD code on the label and rear inlay (High Density Compact Disc). Until now, 2004's "Greatest Hits" set (which offered us three Harvest tracks remastered into HDCD sound quality) was the only real indication of just how good the album 'could' sound. And outside of the DVD Audio release (which few people have), this is the first time the 'entire' album has been given a sonic upgrade. The Audio Tape Restoration and Analog-To-HDCD Digital Transfer of the Original Master Tapes was carried out by JOHN NOWLAND (24-Bit 176 KHZ) with the Editing and Mastering done by TIM MULLIGAN - and they've done a stunning job.

The inlay faithfully reproduces the foldout lyric sheet in the same earthy textured paper that the matching album cover had (a sort of first for recycling way back then) and the print isn't cramped either - it's very readable. In fact the booklet in "Harvest" is probably the most aesthetically pleasing of all 4 releases.
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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A BLUEPRINT FOR LATE 20th CENTURY ROCK MUSIC 26 Oct 2006
Format:Audio CD
"Think I'll jack it in and buy a pickup; Take it down to LA."

So begins one of the half-dozen-or-so greatest albums in the history of rock music - with a prosaic reference to teenage escapism sung over a laid-back country groove. But forty minutes later it's grungy distorted guitars that accompany the more metaphysical verdict:

"It's only words, words, Between the lines of age."

Thus Neil Young sets out his credentials as philosopher and prophet to the hippy generation. He foresees, and in less than three quarters of an hour he foretells, the future history of the children of freedom: Financial independence - lack of responsibility - search for belonging - divorce from reality - alienation - drug dependency - and finally a kind of uneasy reconciliation as experience supplants idealism.

Behind the lyrical journey there is a stylistic journey: from country to grunge via lush orchestration and rock'n'roll, that charts the future history of popular music. No wonder late `90's rockers saw Young as a creative godfather: they saw with hindsight how music had followed the agenda he had first set out a quarter century earlier.

But the most wonderful thing about "Harvest" is that even at it's most harrowingly prophetic, it is still sweet on the ears. Prophesy isn't usually this much fun: listen to Stravinsky or early Dylan or punk or early rap for evidence that in music (as in all areas of life) good medicine often leaves a bad taste. "Harvest" must be one of the most important landmarks in rock to have tasted good at the time and still to taste good nearly three decades on. Most impressively of all (and unlike some of Young's later work), the message still rings true.

I think this record is probably an indispensable part of any modern record collection, but it's not just an important museum piece . . . it's fine music that can be listened to over and over again without ever losing its appeal.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Once, the 'Digitally Remastered' Thing Works! 14 April 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Okay, so CDs have been with us getting on for thirty years now. We were told back then that they represented the pinnacle of recorded sound. So, when me and a few million other mugs bought CDs of albums we'd loved to death on vinyl, why was the listening experience so underwhelming? The record labels then realised that they had to be properly remastered using original tapes with a cutting engineer who knew their stuff. Neil Young has constantly frustrated his long standing fanbase by simulataneously whipping the horses and stamping on the brakes - threatening to release stuff then stepping back when some other format (5.1, Blu-Ray) came into view. Anyway, having finally got his finger out, the first batch of Neil Young reissues eventually came out, and, casting cynicism aside, I can honestly state that they are fantastic. I always felt ambivalent about 'Harvest'; on the one hand, it was a massive commercial success internationally, but its success seemed to cause moments of self-doubt, and Young then set about, if not actually sabotaging his career, embarked upon a series of recordings culminating in 'Tonight's the Night' and 'On The Beach' (and when is 'Time Fades Away' gonna make it (Legitimately) to the digital format?), two of the darkest records in the rock genre.

Anyway, I digress. 'Harvest' sounds wonderful in this new, remastered incarnation. The guitars on 'Alabama' are brittle and sharp around the edges, and you can actually hear the room in the recording - and the bits where the instruments leak over into one another. The hit single, 'Heart of Gold' sounds so full and dynamic - you can hear the individual beats on the hi-hat, and the rhythm section - especially the loping bass line - have real depth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Neil Young at his best
Bought this on vinyl in about 1978. Later I bought the CD now I have it on MP3. Still listen regularly .
Published 19 days ago by superbof
2.0 out of 5 stars Amazon's Cloud Player a disappointment!
I have used Amazon Music Importer download for some time, & always had success with it. However, since the only way I can download now from Amazon is through using Amazon Cloud... Read more
Published 20 days ago by dek
5.0 out of 5 stars All time classic album at fantastic price
One of the greatest albums ever. Neil Young at his finest, truly brilliant. Recommend to anyone who has enjoyed anything from this singer.
Published 21 days ago by Anon
5.0 out of 5 stars Replacement
Both this Album and After the Gold Rush, (also by Neil young) have been played to death. Bought to replace worn out vinyl
Published 23 days ago by Ivan Edake
5.0 out of 5 stars classic album
in my top three albums of all time,this is neil at his awesome best if you havnt got any neil in your collection make it this one or after the goldrush you wont be disappointed.
Published 1 month ago by Malcolm smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Harvest. Niel Young
I bought this originally in 71/72 and have neve stopped listening since. This is the ultimate Album of its age.
Published 2 months ago by S. Stinson
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
This DVD was bought as a gift so I am unable to critique this DVD but as to the content and the service that I receiceived from this supplier, I cannot find any fault with it.
Published 3 months ago by Mr. I. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars delighted
replacing vinyl album with cd version so I knew what I was getting a masterpiece of music which is timeless
Published 5 months ago by Emma McHale
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a favourite
I think that this album should be in everyone's collection. It is very atmospheric and surprisingly easy listening. A masterpiece of it's time.
Published 6 months ago by J M C
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
Not really a fan except for a few songs, however, old man is my favourite and for the price it was worthy of a buy.
Published 7 months ago by bh
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