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5.0 out of 5 stars Golden Harvest
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...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 30 Aug. 2014
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Still one of the BEST!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 5 Feb. 2015
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Very good pressing 9/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Neil Young, 10 Aug. 2009
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Bought the LP when it came out and it was vintage Neil Young - and somehow wanted all his later releases to have the same sound and passion.

Only four stars though. For some reason his recordings are set at a low level. Having never purchased the CD I assumed the digitally mastered CD would be ramped up a bit, amd its not! Also no additional stuff to rekindle the flame a bit more.

Good CD though and well worth the money plus the sleeve notes and lyrics are all there like the original LP.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any collection., 22 April 2015
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Classic and timeless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If You Like After The Gold Rush, Get Harvest !, 19 July 2009
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J. Thompson "Willingale" (Essex UK) - See all my reviews
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2 years after releasing After The Gold Rush, in 1972, Neil Young followed it up with Harvest.
The previous album rightly brought him to world wide attention and Harvest just continues the highest possible standards.
Great tracks include Out On The Weekend, Heart Of Gold, Old Man, Alabama and The Needle and The Damage Done.
Most tracks are acoustic driven, although Alabama is electric and There's A World and The Needle and The Damage Done are live recordings with orchestra in Barking Town Hall, East London.
Describe it as Country Rock if you like, whatever it is I rate this as totally essential in any Neil Young collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic stuff, 28 Jan. 2009
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My second favourite Neil Young album but only by a slight margin. "Oh Alabama" hits all the right buttons. Righteous, with melody and the jangling guitar that modern bands have tried but failed to emulate. "A Man Needs a Maid" is not the anti-feminist song of the title - far from it. This is a plaintive song about how essential it is for a man to have a woman in his life. The accompanying orchestral on this tune and others gives the songs on this album an epic feel and it is both elegaic and monumental. Neil Young at his best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 24 Oct. 2001
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Tracks 4,9,10 = Outstanding
Tracks 1,3,8 = Excellent
Tracks 2,7 = Very Good
Tracks 6 = Good
Track 5 = Average
'Harvest' starts relaxing and ends really intensely. Similarly to the excellent 'After The Gold Rush', the album weakens a bit in the middle of the album. Jack Nitzsche returns, not only on the piano (as he was on 'After The Gold Rush'), but also returns with his string arrangements which were a main contributor to Young's self titled debut.
The album starts with the excellent 'Out On The Weekend', a really relaxing country/rock song with some excellent slide guitar with some great vocal work and harmonica layered on top of it. The song also goes at a slow pace and creates a really spaced out relaxed sound. The title track, which follows, is in the same style but is less bass driven and more acoustic. The album then introduces the first of two Jack Nitzsche string influenced songs in the form of 'A Man Needs A Maid'. The song is again in the relaxed style of the first two tracks with some great piano work until the powerful string sections come in - courtesy of the 'London Symphony Orchestra'. It is a nice touching track of excellent quality and differs to the other string arrangement because of its relaxed style. 'There's A World' is a more uptight song with Young's vocals sounding very strained. It then breaks into a beautiful chorus with horns added. The most outstanding track on the album pumps into action after 'A Man Needs A Maid'. 'Heart Of Gold' is certainly one of Young's best songs, if not one of the best songs ever. It has brilliant vocals, lyrics, harmonica, guitar work, bass work, harmonies and the drums are pretty good too - absolutely amazing. Unfortunately 'Are You Ready For Country' follows this and breaks the mood of the album. It's definite country/rock, which is not to the quality of the rest of the album at all. It's not a bad song (it's saved because of Crosby/Nash's presence and also some nice slide guitar), but it is nothing special or unique. The better 'Old Man' follows it, but again I don't believe this is as good as the other songs on the album. It is similar to the relaxed guise of the first songs but is a bit sharper. The album's last four tracks are more intense starting with 'There's A World'. Alabama follows this track and really creates an intense atmosphere with its powerful guitar work and great backing vocals by Crosby/Stills. It is in the same form and theme as 'Southern Man' which was on this albums predecessor 'After The Gold Rush'. It is not as good as that track but is still an excellent song and keeps Young's electric guitar work present. This is followed with the amazing 'The Needle And The Damage Done', one of the best acoustic songs he has ever done. It is similar to track two, but better and more harrowing. The guitar work here is also top quality. The album ends with the hypnotic 'Words' which is another intense, powerful track. It mixes some great piano work with Young's electric guitar and is moved along with a great bass line similarly to 'Cowgirl In The Sand'. The drumming is also outstanding on this track. It finishes the album on a strong note and a very different sound to which it began.
This style would be repeated by Young in the future, both with success ('Comes A Time', 'Harvest Moon') and failure ('Old Ways') but it was this album which created the style and is still the best country/rock album Young has done. Recommend to anyone and is a vital album to own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The monster Neil couldn't destroy, 6 Jun. 2009
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J. A. Harvey (Lincolnshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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After the huge success of this album Neil tried to destroy it by shifting his focus to less commercially viable music, he proceded to release three albums, equally great in their own way, that were dubbed the 'ditch trilogy' following Young's comments that the middle of the road had been a drag, so he headed for the ditch.

But with Goldrush and this one in the bank the record company would have sanctioned a Neil Young album with chimpanzees playing harpsichords, or at least songs about murder and apocalypse with a few anti-American sentiments thrown in, which is more or less what they later got after he made Harvest, with the excellent 'On The Beach', ironically the only Neil Young album I like more than Harvest.

As soon as I heard Harvest, I knew I was listening to something special. It was the full debut of the Dylan-Kit (harmonica and brace) that had put in a brief appearnace on 'Oh Lonsome Me' from 'Goldrush'. When they released 'Heart of Gold', his biggest ever selling record and the first of two singles from Harvest, Bob Dylan said he'd heard it on the radio and thought he was listening to himslf. (I suppose that's what the sixties did to these guys). But even though Young has always regarded himself as the student in any Dylan/Young debate, Neil's songs took the instrument to another level.

It is well known that he was in love with actress Carrie Snodgress when he wrote these songs, and if love inspires people to great things, this album proves the point; my favourite song here - and Dylan's oddly enough - is the haunting Snodgress inspired 'A Man Needs a Maid'. When Neil Young writes about love he does it with the same unccompromising passion he writes about injustice, lost friends, even apathy itself. On A Man Needs a Maid his passion even extended to adding a full musical score contributed by the London Symphony Orchestra. Call that overblown if you like, but if you're gonna do a love song then why compromise?

As well as 'Maid', everywhere you look on this album there are songs about real life without too much poetic shrouding to cloud the issues; 'Old Man' and 'Needle and the Damage Done' - strangely phropetic in light of the heroin deaths of two of Young's inner circle a couple of years later - are often cited as songs about things that were happening to Young at the time, and the title track itself, which was Young's favourite. it was as if he wanted to share aspects of his life without his usual piffle about songs meaning whatever you want them to mean.

Nobody should die before hearing this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 2 Mar. 2015
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Great music.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Does not cut it for me..., 8 Sept. 2014
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I remember loving the rough paper sleeve on this when it first appeared as an LP, but compared with 'After The Gold Rush,' this was and is a sad disappointment. 'Out On The Weekend, Harvest, Heart of Gold and Old Man' are good, but the rest is drear. This is the point that I stopped buying Neil Young albums.
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