Neil Young delivered “Harvest”, his most popular and , perhaps, most influential album in February 1972. Only Bob Dylan’s groundbreaking “Nashville Skyline”… the touchstones for the whole Americana musical genre.
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Neil Young live acoustic performance “Needle and the Damage Done” to mark the 50th anniversary of “Harvest”.
Neil Young with Crazy Horse-San Francisco 1986, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the original release on “After the Goldrush” in Fall 1970.
Last Fall 2019 when I made what felt like a pilgrimmage to a suburban Dallas movie theater with very dear friends to see Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s film of making their latest album, “Colorado” , I could not resist the comparisons to “Ragged Glory” three decades earlier.
Proving to the whole world that day to be anything other than “Helpless”, Neil Young and a cast of a hundred thousand in Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium joined a similar group in London’s Wembley Stadium via satellite, and an estimated 1.4 billion viewing and listening worldwide, to raise money and awareness for starving residents of Ethiopia, Sudan, and sub-Saharan Africa on July 13, 1985 for Live Aid 35th anniversary.
Neil Young and Crazy Horse live “Down By the River”
Dallas-Ft.Worth radio station Q102 and the Dallas Morning News sent me to JFK Stadium in Philadelphia to cover the US Live Aid concert. About a year later Neil Young was doing a live interview with me on my afternoon Q102 radio show and during it I played him performing “The Needle and the Damage Done” at […]
There is a very good reason why no one in the sold-out Cow Palace audience in November 1986 clapped in recognition to the first beginning notes of “Inca Queen” performed by hometown heroes Neil Young and Crazy Horse: it had not been released yet, and would not be until it appeared on Life the following […]
…on the Crosby Stills Nash sophomore release Déjà Vu, Neil Young only contributed two songs, no doubt saving even stronger material for his own third solo album barely five months later. Entitled After the Goldrush, writer William Ruhlmann calls the title song “…a mystical ballad that featured some of Young’s most imaginative lyrics and became one of his most memorable songs.”
This performance of “Heart of Gold” by birthday boy (12th) Neil Young comes from a 1986 concert in San Francisco with Crazy Horse . -Redbeard