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Prairie Wind

Neil Young

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iTunes Editors’ Notes

Prairie Wind represents both the best and worst of Neil Young. With the help of faithful collaborators Ben Keith and Spooner Oldham, it’s his return to the smooth, country rock sound of Harvest and Harvest Moon. It’s a quiet, reflective record haunted by the death of his father and his own head-to-head with mortality. (Young suffered a brain aneurysm while making the album.) And while certain songs gently reflect these sobering truths (“Fallin’ Off the Face of the Earth,” in particular, is a stirring track featuring Young’s wife Pegi among the singers), others come across awkward and overly sentimental. “When God Made Me” suffocates under its own spiritual weight; “He Was the King” is an Elvis tribute that falls completely flat. Simplicity does find its rightful place on “The Painter,” a basic declaration of artistic intent, while “”It’s a Dream” has a hazy beauty at its core. As a full-on concept album, Prairie Wind doesn’t quite come together, but the best of its tracks deserve full attention.

Customer Reviews

Back To The Basics

A little late in purchasing this album, and truly sorry. After spotting him on "Late Night" singing, "Far From Home" I went bought "Prarie Wind" today. This is Neil Young's finest album. Out of my top five Young albums, this is easily #2. Young; like Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Warren Zevon before him; managed to grip his internal fears, desire and dreams while slowly interpreting his fate. Here he returns to the basics creating the classic Young sound by fusing folk, rock and country into somber tunes. Young presents an album about mortality and how life is created, destroyed and reborn through love, religion, family and society. If you had been disappointed by his last effort; disregard the regret; and purchase this immediately.

Still putting his soul into his music...

Neil Young has, over the years, given us many gifts of music. This album represents a soulful journey into speaking your heart with music. Neil Young seems as though he always has put himself on the line to do something different musically. Well done, well thought, touching home, as always.

Neil Continues to Rock the Free world

One word describes Neil's latest - Stellar! It is a wonderful combination of his soulful country rock, and interjections of experimental bluesy jazz and even a little gospel. There are some very wonderfully written songs that take Neil back to his younger days in Manitoba and throughout the Praries. Thanks for the great stuff.


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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