Neil Young - Harvest Moon

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Harvest Moon is the twentieth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young, originally released in November 1992 via Reprise Records.

Harvest Moon sees Young return to his acoustic roots, with many fans considering this to be a sequel to his 1972 album Harvest.

Many of the musicians appearing on this album also appeared on Harvest, further cementing that connection of a sequel in the eyes of music fans.

After recording the harder rock album Ragged Glory (1990) with his band Crazy Horse and embarking on a supporting tour of that album, Young suffered from tinnitus, a hearing ailment. He returned to the studio to work on an acoustic album with producer Ben Keith, recording an album using analogue equipment so as to produce a “warmer” sound.

Greg Kot reviewing the album for Rolling Stone magazine rated the album 4 stars (out of 5) writing:  “…Neil Young has spent the last twenty years flitting from style to style like a moth trapped in a warehouse full of light bulbs. So it should come as no surprise that after a couple of albums in which he explored the outer limits of guitar noise, Young has pulled the plug, strapped on his acoustic and wheeled in the pedal steel for Harvest Moon.

The title echoes Harvest, Young's countryish album of two decades ago, and the music recalls its gentle flavor. Harvest was a mellow bestseller, an uncharacteristic middle-of-the-road pit stop in a decade of deeply personal and sometimes highly eccentric releases, and Harvest Moon also sounds as if it was made for lazy hammock-swinging afternoons. But beneath its placid surface are the craggy scars of middle age, when holding onto and cherishing love is a lot more difficult than finding it.

When Young last explored the same subject on Ragged Glory, from 1990, he whipped up great funnel clouds of feedback. Harvest Moon sounds like the calm after the storm, with a hushed musical landscape at times populated only by a ghostly harmonica, a few spooky bass lines and Young's cracked, lonesome tenor. The opening series of songs traces a path from restlessness to reaffirmation, in which the rootless "Unknown Legend" and the doubt-filled narrator of "From Hank to Hendrix" finally find contentment beneath the "Harvest Moon."

As if to show how his perspective has changed, Young uses orchestration similar to Harvest's "A Man Needs a Maid" on "Such a Woman," but the earlier song's outdated perspective has transformed into homage. On "One of These Days," which looks back fondly on lost friends (with initials C, S and N, perhaps?), and the corny "Old King," Young briefly detours toward the maudlin and trivial. But "War of Man" and the towering "Natural Beauty" bristle with the paternal anger of one who appreciates just how fragile everything on the planet is — including the planet itself.

The Stray Gators and a bevy of singers, including Linda Ronstadt and Nicolette Larson, give these melodies just the right amount of massaging. And within these spare settings, Young's search for shelter from the storm resonates like a heartbeat…”

Neil Young’s backing band in the studio The Stray Gators was comprised of Ben Keith (pedal steel guitar, Dobro, bass marimba, backing vocals), Spooner Oldham (piano, pump organ, keyboards), Tim Drummond (bass, marimba, broom) and Kenny Buttrey (drums). James Taylor is also featured on backing vocals on the tracks "From Hank to Hendrix", "War of Man" and "One of These Days".

Check out the tracks:  Harvest Moon”; War of Man”; “Unknown Legend”; and “From Hank to Hendrix”.

This double album  2LP record set is a 2017 Record Store Day Black Friday reissue on black vinyl with etched Side D, housed in a gatefold sleeve with a printed insert, pressed in Europe and limited to 5,000 copies.

(093624910787)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1

Unknown Legend

4:32

A2

From Hank To Hendrix

5:17

A3

You And Me

3:45

A4

Harvest Moon

5:05

B1

War Of Man

5:44

B2

One Of These Days

4:57

B3

Such A Woman

4:37

C1

Old King

2:57

C2

Dreamin' Man

4:36

C3

Natural Beauty

10:24

D

Etching

 

SKU 093624910787
Record Label Reprise Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number 9362-49107-8
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 24 November 2017
Original Release Date (Year) 02 November 1992
Barcode # 093624910787
Shipping Weight 0.5050kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, Black Vinyl, Etched Side D, Gatefold Sleeve, Printed Insert, Reissue, Record Store Day Black Friday 2017 Limited Edition
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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