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If you only buy one Neil Young album.......
on 28 July 2011
The problem with a "greatest hits" album from an artist as varied, inspired and (sooo) prolific as Neil Young is - what do you leave out? This album could have been a 4 CD box set and still people would gripe about gems not chosen. On this single CD release, the compiler (I'm guessing Neil himself) used "record sales, airplay and known downloads" as the criteria for inclusion, and I must say it works pretty well.
Personally I'd hate to have to boil down the career of Mr.Young into 16 tracks, although I don't think I would have devoted almost 20 precious minutes to two long and similar tracks from the first album with Crazy Horse ("Cowgirl in the sand" & "Down by the river") whilst ignoring material from the "Zuma" and "Ragged Glory" albums (to name but two) - but there you go.
This aside, this is a great overview of the career of one of rock's great innovators - it's all here from the plaintive, fragile introspection of the "Goldrush"/"Harvest" era to the hard rockin' Crazy Horse material with a little bit of CSNY thrown in for good measure.
What grabs me about Young (apart from his unique voice and demented guitar solos) is his ironic, almost subversive take on life, "Rockin' In The Free World" for example, a song released around the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the old Soviet empire, ostensbly sounds like an anthem for Republican cold-war warriors, when in fact the verses reveal the darker side of life in the good ol' western world. With Neil Young what you see isn't always what you get.
To concude this is a wonderful album and a great place to start/update your Neil Young collection, and the price makes it unmissable.