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The Neil Young best-seller, but not Young's best!,
This review is from: Harvest (Audio CD)
Harvest was the first album I bought by Neil Young. I had the sense that it might be the best way to get into Young's music. And let me start out by saying: "I was right".
It's not hard to imagine why this album turned out to be Neil Young's commercially most successful, as this is some of his most immediately catchy music. Do I have to mention "Heart of Gold", "A Man needs a Maid" and the extremely raw and beautiful "The Needle and the Damage Done". The last being one of his all-time greatest.
The commercial success came due to the diversity of the songs. There are both rock'n'rollers/country-rock and classic Neil Young-folk (this diversity started on previous album "After the Gold Rush"), so whether you like a little danceable music or straightdown beautiful, acoustic music, you're likely to find it here.
However, the diversity is also the weakness of Harvest. Besides a few jaw-breaking classics, you don't get the feeling that Neil Young really gave as much of himself on this album as it was the case of his previous albums and the ever-so dark trilogy of his next albums. Instead it is clear that Young found out, on Harvest, what the masses really wanted... You decide whether this is bad or good (I know where I stand on this).
As such, Harvest is a great place to start, and should be one of the first of many Neil Young albums in your collection, but if you really want to get into Neil Young you'll be better off with, for instance, "After the Gold Rush".