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 key, tuneful album it is always described as "The New Harvest" and the composer also references the album many times in his subsequent offerings.
It was more progressive than Goldrush. To me the songs aren't quite so effective but there is no denying the power and beauty of an album that once again contained some outstanding music with the likes of "Harvest", "A Man Needs a Maid" "Heart of Gold" (I can hear you singing it now and two songs with much stronger messages "Old Man" and a foray into drug culture "The Needle and the Damage Done."
The only question on the lips of Young fans were "where does he go from here and can he produce a trio of essential albums?"
With this and the previous years album After the Goldrush, Neil Young established himself as the Dylan of the70's. A massive seller on both sides of the Atlantic this record introduced Neils music to a whole new audience.although it could be argued that it was the success of Heart of Gold in the singles charts that pushed up sales of Harvest.Classic tracks include the aforementioned Heart of Gold, A man needs a maid.,The Needle and the Damage done(written about Danny Whitten of Crazy Horse) and my favourite Old Man.Throughout the 70's Neil released a slew of great albums of which this is probably the greatest.