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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 19 June 2004
Having bought this LP when it first came out in 1972 (hot on the heels of "After the Goldrush") like many I concluded it was just Neil Young making Neil Young sounds and did not have the firepower of releases before and since, despite being one of his greatest sellers and giving him his only hit record single in "Heart of Gold".
I was thus interested it was the Neil Young album chosen for this series of books on classic rock albums. Having read Sam Inglis's book, I found it is a little beaut of a book in that you go and relisten to the album afresh and equipped with new insights.
Compared with certain of the other books in this eclectic series of how different writers approach the albums chosen as subjects, this volume is more standard. Inglis does firstly a very good overview of Young's history from the start and his move to LA, via Buffalo Springfield and then to solo career and in CSNY up to the making of Harvest.
The greater part of the book covers the personal drivers for Young to suddenly decide to do a very pared down "live" acoustic and country album initially in Nashville harnessing a group of outstanding session men whose playing is a masterpiece of understatement, the emphahsis being on notes and mood rather than solos. Inglis does a very good overview of the recording and each of the individual songs.
Finally it covers the later aspects being Young's subsequent career including the Harvest Moon album from 1992 which many see as the belated follow up to Harvest, and finally a short essay on why Young has such a hatred of the CD in re-releasing his earlier albums.
The proof of this book is I am now listening to and appreciating the album much better, both within the context of what was happeneing in Young's life at the time and across the years before and since. To achieve that for an LP 30 years old is a testament of this book's strengths.
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