Good to be reminded of lyrical songwriting. Born, 1945, Canadian, Neil Young started Buffalo Springfield band and and he later became a member of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.
The wikipedia article on Young is long and detailed.
Out on the weekend --
A man needs a maid --
Heart of gold --
Are you ready for the country? --
Old man --
There's a world --
The needle and the damage done --
includes HEART OF GOLD, a mondo hit at the time. Dylan was reportedly peeved at this one, as he felt his style was ripped off ( well, there is a nice harmonica solo over the acoustic guitar). I don't know why, but I question whether Bobby was ever looking for a heart of gold, though.
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is unplayable after track 07 :(
No. Title Length
1. "Out on the Weekend" 4:35
2. "Harvest" 3:11
3. "A Man Needs a Maid" 4:05
4. "Heart of Gold" 3:07
5. "Are You Ready for the Country?" 3:33
No. Title Length
1. "Old Man" 3:24
2. "There's a World" 2:59
3. "Alabama" 4:02
4. "The Needle and the Damage Done" (recorded in concert January 30, 1971) 2:03
5. "Words (Between the Lines of Age)"
Harvest is my second favorite album of Neil Young. They are both nearly flawless albums, but Harvest does not have as many classic singles on it. My favorites are "Harvest", "Are You Ready for the Country", and my favorite, "Old Man". As with other Neil Young records, he sings what is personal to him. He truly does live in the country and he did experience a old man who wandered why Neil lives in the country. He is a great storyteller and songwriter!
This still sounds better than 99% of what is being produced today. The Needle and the Damage Done - 2 minutes of the most perfect music ever done. Sad and so true.
project phase II
Some of his very best songs, and some of his very worst...
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