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  • Original Release Date: 1 Sept. 1977
  • Release Date: 1 Sept. 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,066 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Peter Steward on 11 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
I'm sure many people waited eagerly for this release and I was certainly one of them. The fear was that it would be a huge disappointment after Goldrush - well it wasn't. Harvest has taken on almost a mythical feel over the years.

Many consider it his best work and certainly it met with critical acclaim and is still talked of today. When Young releases a low key, tuneful album it is always described as "The New Harvest" and the composer also references the album many times in his subsequent offerings.

It was more progressive than Goldrush. To me the songs aren't quite so effective but there is no denying the power and beauty of an album that once again contained some outstanding music with the likes of "Harvest", "A Man Needs a Maid" "Heart of Gold" (I can hear you singing it now and two songs with much stronger messages "Old Man" and a foray into drug culture "The Needle and the Damage Done."

The only question on the lips of Young fans were "where does he go from here and can he produce a trio of essential albums?"
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
What a knowledgeable expert on Neil Young the previous reviewer is! And there's me thinking that Neil Young alongside Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell is one of the greatest living songwriters alive. Well thank you Mr Johnson I can now safely cast aside everything Young recorded after Harvest and bin 30 years of one of the most startling careers in music.

Thankfully not all of us found ourselves disconnected from the mains power supply in the early 70s and have followed the great man with increasing fascination since. Harvest is wonderful example of Young's music particularly the gentler country acoustic side. I love the title track and there are superb versions of many of these songs on the newly issued "Live at Massey Hall 1971". Perhaps our friend should also invest in the dark classics forming the "Ditch" trilogy namely "On the beach" or Tonight the Night" And please come on Reprise Records reissue "TIME FADES AWAY" on CD AND I will buy shares in the company, scouts honour. Finally anyone who invests in "Zuma" "Rust Never Sleeps" "Ragged Glory" "Freedom" "Weld" and the excellent revisit of this territory in "Harvest Moon" will be mightily rewarded with Young's best work. More recently his recent broadside against Bush and Iraq with "Living with War" showed Young prepared again to stick his neck out and do the right thing. When I read the cavalier comment from the previous reviewer that Young "lost his way musically" after Harvest I nearly required a Heimlich manoeuvre! There are a number of poor albums especially from his dubious 80s period but Young has never been predictable and long may he run.
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54 of 62 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Bailey on 26 Oct. 2006
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"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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