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Label chief David Geffen tried to sue Neil Young for making albums unrepresentative of the Neil Young sound throughout the ‘80s. Back with Reprise Records, Young issued Freedom in 1989, assembling the album from tapes of the various different projects he'd been working on. Both gentle and ferocious, Freedom contains everything Neil Young fans have ever expected from the man, from pointed contemporary commentary ("Rockin' In the Free World"), gentle, heartfelt acoustic ballads ("Hangin' On a Limb," "Too Far Gone”) and explosive electric workouts ("Eldorado," "On Broadway"). The album signaled an upcoming renaissance for Young’s public profile as the godfather of grunge.


Born: 12 November 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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