Now known for his prodigious recording output, his prolific songwriting, and his unquestionable musical integrity, Neil Young delivered his most popular and perhaps most influential album in February 1972 to an eager audience who embraced this organic countrified masterpiece. Only Bob Dylan‘s groundbreaking Nashville Skyline three years earlier equals Neil Young’s Harvest as a touchstone for the whole Americana musical genre. Young’s first hits “Heart of Gold” and “Old Man” pushed Harvest to the #1 album of the entire year 1972 .
Harvest made Neil Young a star and, just as significantly, served as an all-access pass to mainstream success to follow by a long list of singer/songwriters as diverse as Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jackson Browne, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Charlie Daniels, and the Marshall Tucker Band…and that was just for starters. Neil joins me from his tour bus for this essential classic rock interview. – Redbeard