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Editors’ Notes

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.

Customer Reviews

Young's Best Guitar Album

This album was a revelation when it was released in the laste 80's. The tone of the guitars, reverbed and EQ'd to a fare-thee-well, was absolutely glorious. And the tunes were perfectly matched/ I drove around listening to this incessantly- Don't Cry, El Dorado, Crime in the City, the raging No More I just coiuldn'tget enough of. And, rather like the roughly contemporary Sign o the Times by Prince, were to perfectly in tune with and contrapuntal to those wretched times. I was inclined to dismiss Young then, as he'd endorsed Reagan in a recent ROlling Stone article, an admission too far beyond the pale even for Young. This brought him firmly back into my good graces. If you like this one, he achieves similar results on the immediately post-Cobain "Sleeps With Angels," Freedom was one of the few indispensible albums from the 80's by anyone. Can't recommend highly enough.


Really glad to see Neil Young rockin to the music. The magnum opus of his work in the 80s. This is just as good as "Harvest" and "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere." Aww hell, I love all of Neil's work! I love how he always loves to work on new styles in his work to keep things fresh, for the music. You Rock Neil!! Keep rockin that free world!!

keep it on

neil, don't wear a hat of mao, cause you know what THEY'll, kristian


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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