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Harvest (Remastered)

Neil Young

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iTunes Editors’ Notes

Neil Young famously wrote that  “Heart of Gold”, Harvest’s monster country-rock smash, “put me in the middle of the road. Traveling there soon became a bore so I headed for the ditch.” A smoother album than most of what Young doled out for the rest of the ’70s, Harvest nonetheless has its own charms. “Out on the Weekend” and “Heart of Gold” itself are lonely country ballads; so is the orchestrated “A Man Needs a Maid”, in spirit. The album also warily peered at a world beyond Young’s ranch: “Alabama” might have been an even better take on “Southern Man”, and “The Needle and the Damage Done” was a no less aching precursor of “Tonight’s the Night”. Harvest was one of the things that won him the freedom to drive in the gullies, but it’s also a good trip in itself.

Customer Reviews

Get the original non-remastered version, the mastering on this one is garbage.

Don't bother with the remastered version, get the original! Five stars for the OG, 1 star for this abomination. The remastered version has fallen victim to the horrors of modern mastering techniques, mainly opressive amounts of dynamic compression, and it sounds as if all the levels are mashed to the wall. It sounds loud as heck, but the glorious dynamic range of the original recordings is gone, and it's in my opinion horrible to listen to.

Still Can't Do It

I thought I could do it, I was sure -- enough time has passed, it's been how many years now? But I can't do it. I listened to just the first two clips, "Out On the Weekend" and "Harvest", and the nostalgia threw that bucket at me, full of cold water and golden honey, and I felt my heart sink, just like it did the first moment I knew my heart was broken and I would never be able to listen to this album again. What I mean is, they're great songs -- they're beautiful, incredible, evocative songs of pure genius -- so much so that listening to them again brings back every moment of that dizzying bittersweet joy of love and pain that I had the first time I listened to them, and it's like I'm right there all over again, and then I have to go through the same hell that happened when I couldn't listen to it anymore because it might've killed me. :o It's a great album. If you've never listened to the whole thing, my suggestion is this: don't listen to it obsessively with your new true love while you're in the first blissful weeks of getting together, because if the romance ends -- well, goodbye, Harvest. ;)

Top 5

Harvest is the first 'LP' I ever bought as a teenager; still love it...


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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