|Style -||Country Rock, Songwriters|
2009 Remaster. Personnel: Neil Young (vocals, guitar); James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Stephen Stills (vocals); Ben Keith (pedal steel guitar); Jack Nitzsche (slide guitar, piano); John Harris (piano); Tim Drummond (bass); Kenny Buttrey (drums); David Crosby, Graham Nash, The London Symphony Orchestra. Producers: Neil Young, Eliot Mazer, Jack Nitzsche. Recorded at Quadrafonic Sound Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, Broken Arrow Studio #2 & Royce Hall-UCLA, California and Barking Town Hall, London, England. Recognized as one of Young's (hence one of rock & roll's) finest albums, HARVEST put the singer on the mainstream map with the megahit Heart Of Gold, which defined a soft folk-rock style subsequently done to death by lesser artists throughout the '70s. Trouble was, that approach had very little to do with what Young, or even HARVEST, was really about. To the contrary, this album features some of his darkest compositions, like the entropy-obsessed Old Man and the junkie eulogy The Needle And The Damage Done. Deceptively laid-back-sounding country-rock plaints like Out On The Weekend and the title cut caress the ear unassumingly, pulling you into the more ominous subtext that is present even in the rollicking Are You Ready For The Country. Due to back troubles, Young recorded much of this material while wearing a brace, a fact that seems audible in the tension and unease that underlies the friendly, acoustic surface of HARVEST.
Out On The Weekend
A Man Needs A Maid
Heart Of Gold
Are You Ready For The Country?
There's A World
The Needle And The Damage Done
Words (Between The Lines Of Age)