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Neil Young: Greatest Hits

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Album Review

It may be hard to believe, but 2004's Greatest Hits is not only the first retrospective Neil Young has released since 1977's Decade, it's the first ever single-disc collection of his best-known songs. That's a span of 27 years separating the two collections, which is an awful long time to resist a Greatest Hits disc — many of his peers succumbed, offering countless comps during those years — and such a resistance to a compilation may not be much a surprise from the legendarily prickly Young, but what is a surprise is that 11 of the 16 songs on Greatest Hits were also on Decade. Of the five songs that were not on Decade, only two date from after the '70s — 1989's "Rockin' in the Free World" and 1992's "Harvest Moon" — while one of the remaining three (1970's "Only Love Can Break Your Heart") comes from the time chronicled on Decade; the other two, 1978's "Comes a Time" and 1979's "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)," arrived in the two years of the '70s not covered on the 1977 compilation. All this means is that Greatest Hits offers the basic canon, with no frills and none of Neil's trademark idiosyncrasy. Some may miss that cantankerous spirit, pointing out that this contains nothing from his towering twin masterpieces of dark introspection — Tonight's the Night and On the Beach — or that there's nothing from Buffalo Springfield (which was covered on Decade) and that noteworthy songs like "Powderfinger," "Cortez the Killer," "Lotta Love," and "Long May You Run" are missing. Ultimately, that doesn't matter much, because Greatest Hits has all the songs that every Neil Young fan, from the devoted to the casual listener, agrees are his biggest and best: "Down by the River," "Cinnamon Girl," "Helpless," "After the Gold Rush," "Southern Man," "Ohio," "The Needle and the Damage Done," "Old Man," "Heart of Gold," "Like a Hurricane." And that's why it works as an all-business introduction for the uninitiated and as a concise summary for those not willing to travel down all the long, winding roads Young has traveled over the years. In other words, it's as good a compilation as it could have been. [Greatest Hits was released in several editions. In addition to the basic single CD, there was a limited edition containing a DVD video with the promo clips for "Rockin' in the Free World" and "Harvest Moon." There was another limited edition with a bonus 7" record. Finally, it was also released as a high-resolution DVD Audio disc.]

Customer Reviews

The Best Not the Rest

It's almost unbelievable that one man could have written this many classic songs. This collection finds Neil Young mining his country rock vein. That makes it even more amazing that there are many other incarnations of Young each with its own run of great songs. I am rediscovering Young again and this album is a fantastic place to start by looking deep into his gritty soul. His emotion driven singing and guitar work explain his "Godfather of Punk" moniker. His biting, exact lyrics rip open the joys and agonies of the human heart. Listen to the sweetness of Harvest Moon, the bltzkreig guitar play in Rockin' In The Free World, the power driven Cinnamon Girl. Neil Young is a unique musician. This album reflects the deep fire of his smoldering talent.

For What It's Worth

If you listen to the tracks on this album in 2008 you will quickly realize that Neil has influenced so many artists over the past forty years - from Springsteen to Bowie to Pearl Jam. He is IMHO the singular greatest Canadian artist of the past 4 decades. I suppose that the litmus test for great music is that is enjoyed a generation later; Neil is still relevant 2 generations later.

Brilliant

Fantastic. This guy never fails to enthrall. Not a note, not a word unneeded or misplaced. Every single song is the musical equivalent of The Old Man and the Sea... a masterpiece. There really is nothing more to say. Neil Young is a genius... AND he's Canadian! Yay!

Biography

Born: November 12, 1945 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

After Neil Young left the California folk-rock band Buffalo Springfield in 1968, he slowly established himself as one of the most influential and idiosyncratic singer/songwriters of his generation. Young's body of work ranks second only to Bob Dylan in terms of depth, and he was able to sustain his critical reputation, as well as record sales, for a longer period of time than Dylan, partially because of his willfully perverse work ethic. From the beginning of his solo career in the late '60s through...
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