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5.0 out of 5 stars Ditch Masterpiece
After the success of the single Heart of Gold from the hugely popular Harvest album, Young famously said "the song put me in the middle of the road, which became a bore so I headed for the ditch". To prove the point he made three albums that contained none of the mainstream appeal of Harvest. On the Beach was the last of the three 'ditch' albums recorded, but was second...
Published on 18 Aug 2008 by J. A. Harvey

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1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish recording. This was a replacement CD and is ...
Rubbish recording. This was a replacement CD and is also faulty recording. Blurred and hissy
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not his best, 21 Aug 2003
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This review is from: On the Beach (Audio CD)
There are a lot of positive reviews to this album, and that is fine. We all have our own views. But bear the following in mind and listen to the album before getting out the VISA card: at the time of release a lot of Neil Young's fans, including myself, were somewhat taken aback by this album. This is not the same guy who did Harvest, Goldrush and Everyone knows this is nowhere, all of which I would recommend without reservation. This album can be a little odd! It includes lyrics which just make you shake your head (eg "You're all just pissing in the wind/ you don't know it but you are/ and there ain't nothing like a friend/ who can tell you you're just pissing in the wind.)
Sometimes I liked playing this album, sometimes not. But I never stacked this up as a great album, and a lot of fans didn't even credit it as a good one. It is, in my view, as near as Young came at that time to pretentiousness.
From the tone of the rest of the messages, what I am saying here will not be popular. But the following can never be bad advice: Buy it if you want, but play it first. Then if it lights your candle, great.
But if you dont have the three albums mentioned above, please try them first, they are truly great albums.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bluesy, Difficult and Sublime, 9 Dec 2006
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This album is not a five star complete work that will go down as oen of the greatest albusm of all time, as it doesn't feature a classic such as 'Southern Man' but is still engaging and equally dark is comparison to other output fropm this era. Stan dout tracks include 'Revolution Blues' and ode to one Charles Manson and his hippy cult, and the liquor drenched title track. On the Beach is a very 'difficult' album and is not controvened as an artform by followign musical conventions, and you do get the impression that Young was still distressed from the death of Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten and beginning to take more of a hatred against the 'Hollywood' lifestyle. Many of the songs either have references or direct quotations relating to his then girlfriend Carrie Snodgress, the famous actress who sadly died two years ago. But other tracks such as 'Walk On' display a more upbeat attitude to life and the desire to move on through Young's times of trouble. The most unusual track on the album is 'For the Turnstiles' teh album for one track at least descends into pure old fashioned folk. As Neil Young albums go, this one is great in parts, but isn't in the top five. If your starting out with Young, don't buy this album. But if your a more long-term fan, this is an essential purchase simply for the raw emotion in soem of the tracks.
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7 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Moving away from the middle of the road, 10 Nov 2004
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This 1974 sombre offering just about manages to keep it's head above water. 'Ambulance blues' and 'See the sky about to rain' are over long for their content and 'Motion pictures' doesn't really have enought to say. It's a pity that Neil didn't have the courage to include the best track 'Revolution blues' on his Decade compilation, a humourous look at LA through the eyes of a tongue in cheek vigilante, but I suppose some of the sarcasm may have upset the more mainstream fan that Neil was running away from at this time. Better produced, depressing but with optimism ; a quality that was sadly missing from his next offering 'Tonight's the night'. Worth a listen for the Neil Young aficionado but not a place to start, and certainly not his best album.
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