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23 Sep 2005 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 23 Sep 2005
  • Release Date: 23 Sep 2005
  • Label: Reprise
  • Copyright: 2005 Reprise Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S.
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  • Total Length: 51:48
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  • ASIN: B001F3HCY8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,868 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By SJOxford on 11 Oct 2005
Format: Audio CD
Hot on the heels of Dylan's 'No Direction Home' set, another icon of rock releases an important new product: these 60 year olds just keep on producing quality music that eclipses the efforts of the generations below them. 'Prairie Wind' has been touted as the third in the 'Harvest'/'Harvest Moon' trilogy, but its closer cousin is probably 'Silver & Gold' from 2000. There is peace, acceptance and serenity here, and the songs stand as epitaph, testament and appreciation of Young's dad, Scott, author of the fascinating 'Neil and Me' biography.
This is one of those albums that has such an identifiable shape that all the tracks become instantly memorable and distinct (unlike, say 'Greendale' where many seemed to be mere parts of the whole.) 'God Made Me' the closing hymn to creation is a natural child of 'Time Fades Away's 'Love in Mind' where the institutional mayhem of contemporary religion is not permitted to obscure the faith Young has in a beneficent God, 'There for You' is gentle ethereal beauty, restrained and understated, but aching in its nostalgic power. In 'The Painter' Young achieves the remarkable feat of imbuing a simple song with visual imagery so powerful, you see and feel the colours of the artist's palette. If you are a fan, you will no doubt buy this anyway, such is our brand loyalty to Young, Dylan, Van Morrison et. al. (Even though Van the Man seems to be fast turning into George Melly!) If you're about to sample the delights of this statesman of rock, it is an excellent place to start - a tuneful, mellow and inspiring piece of work.
Take the trouble, though to seek out the limited edition CD/DVD combo package. The DVD is truly excellent, using cut screens to highlight the salient instruments as they record the album.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael Nicholl on 13 Dec 2009
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For over 30 years I have been a big fan of Neil Young, but in that time I have also come to learn that he is capable of producing as much dross as he does outstanding work. Prairie Wind thankfully falls into the latter camp. I have only just got to listen to this and to say I have been bowled over would be putting matters mildly. This has got to be possibly one of his best releases ever. On release, and I think this may have had an influence on my not buying, it was compared to Harvest Moon. Now, horrors of horrors, I have never considered Harvest Moon as being an outstanding album, mediocre more like and certainly no comparison to Harvest, so I ignored this gem of an album as a consequence. It was only after watching on Channel 4 a Neil Young concert entitled Heart of Gold, that I first came upon 'Prairie Wind'. The bulk of that concert consisted of this album. The fact that Emmylou was a backing singer helped put the 'icing on an already wonderful cake'.

Bad tracks? I can't think of any.

Outstanding tracks? No Wonder / Prairie Wind / Far From Home / He Was The King

Much of the theme throughout appears to be reflective upon the life of his father (Who had just recently passed away). And certainly this is quite noticable in his comments throughout the concert shown on Channel 4 and on the dedications cited within the album cover / booklet / word sheet (What ever you wish to call it now). However in reflecting on his late father's life, you never ever get the feeling of sadness at a loss, you get a feeling of a celebration of a life.

For me this just has to be 'Classic Neil Young' in a folk / country vien. (No Crazy Horse to be heard here) It is laid back with touches of the harmonies of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, it is country without ever really sounding so, it is classic West Coast 60s / 70s folk rock. Just classic Neil Young!
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By John Tonner on 25 Mar 2006
Format: Audio CD
I approached this album with both a touch of excitment and trepidation. I just want to state while I am a huge fan of Neil, I had'nt actually heard any of his recent albums bar the 90's Pearl Jam assisted Mirror Ball. Yet on being recommended the album in Q magazine my curiousity levels raised. In turn on hearing the first track the Painter my reservations began to fade as I entered familiar Neil Young territory. The next track to grab my attention came soon after with track 3's beautiful, soothing Falling Of The Face Of The Earth. Lyrically the album seems to be concerned with the passing of time, ghosts from the past and ideas of mortality. Moreover the image of the author attempting to come to terms with an ever changing world and indeed his place in it appears with lyrics relating to September the 11th, as evidenced in No Wonder. The general feel of the album is that of a gentle, country shuffle and with the risk of lazy journalism, perhaps can be best described as the final instalment in the Harvest trilogy, as has been much suggested. Beware however not all is great, as some of the later half of the album could if being harsh be described as slighty smaltzy or bar-band. Yet this is a minor gripe when songs such as It's only A Dream appear thoughout. Furthermore it is important to note that while many of the reviews on this site suggest that this is a somewhat bland and insipid album overall. Personally i feel a lot of this has to do with the in-vogue idea that as artists get old they get crap, have nothing to say. Conversely is the idea that as like latter day Dillion or Bowie ideas, images and inspiration can be drawn from the ageing process as a whole.Read more ›
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