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Record label chief David Geffen tried to sue Neil Young for making albums unrepresentative of the Neil Young sound for his Geffen Records throughout the ‘80s. Back with Reprise Records, which released Young's "representative" '70s work, Young issued Freedom in 1989, an album assembled from tapes of the various different projects he'd been spending the past several years working on. Put together it immediately coheres as gentle and ferocious, and of a piece with Young masterworks Tonight's the Night andRust Never Sleeps. Freedom contains everything Neil Young fans have ever expected from the man, from pointed contemporary commentary delivered in acoustic and electric forms bookending the album ("Rockin' In the Free World"), gentle, heartfelt acoustic ballads ("Hangin' On a Limb," "Too Far Gone") and explosive electric workouts ("Eldorado," "On Broadway"). It was his best album in a decade and signaled an upcoming renaissance for both his public profile and his creative muse as the grunge era was about to begin and its godfather would be properly anointed.

Customer Reviews


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

Keep On Rockin', Neil

Most people will probably only download Rockin' in the Free World from this album, which is a shame, because it is only the tip of the iceberg. This album showcases ALL of his strengths, from ballads (Hangin' on a Limb, The Ways of Love, Wrecking Ball), to ferocious rockers (Don't Cry, On Broadway), and everything inbetween. Crime in the City is outstanding, one of his very best. Definitely one of his five best albums, ranking right up there with After the Gold Rush and Rust Never Sleeps.


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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