NEIL YOUNG with CRAZY HORSE – EVERYBODY KNOWS THIS IS NOWHERE
Reprise RS 6349 – May 14, 1969
Neil Young’s career is truly legendary with both hit recordings and live SRO performances – solo or with the historic, classic Rock bands; Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young – as well as with a solid fan base over the decades.
This second solo release after leaving Buffalo Springfield saw him reach a righteous balance of Ballads and Hard Rock. Joined with the solid musicians of Crazy Horse, the hooks and beats became infectious classics. Cinnamon Girl packs a head-nodic three minute punch, and both ten minute classics Down by the River, and Cowgirl in the Sand serve as the basis for countless bands’ songs ever after.
“Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere” Side One: 1. Cinnamon Girl 2:58, 2. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere 2:26, 3. Round & Round 5:49, 4. Down by the River 9:13. Side Two: 5. The Losing End (When You’re On) 4:03, 6. Running Dry (Requiem for the Rockets) 5:30, 7. Cowgirl in the Sand 10:06.
Young would soon be etched in Rock History in 1970 by joining ex-Byrd David Crosby, his Springfield bandmate Stephen Stills, and ex-Hollies Graham Nash to form Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and release the era’s defining album “Déjà Vu”.
He would take another place in Rock History Hierarchy with “Harvest”, his fourth solo album, and the Best-Selling Album of 1972 in the United States. 00individual can testify that as a So. Cal. Record Store Manager in the early ‘70s, “Harvest” was a monster!
One of the lost gems in Rock History is the rousin’, rockin’ eponymous 1971 debut album by the truly great band Crazy Horse: Danny Whitten – guitars, lead vocals, Nils Lofgren – guitars, vocals; legendary Jack Nitzsche – piano, vocals; Billy Talbot – bass, vocals, Ralph Molina – drums, vocals.
The whole album is aces with stand-out classics Gone Dead Train and Beggars Day.
NEIL YOUNG – HARVEST
Reprise RS 2032- February 14, 1972
1971 – After defeating hundreds of other applicants for a job at the notoriously-discounted and famously-known Crane’s Records in Inglewood; the Home of the Fabulous Forum! 00individual was able to land the coverted job! Well, …actually at $1.00 an hour, ten hours a day from 10 AM until 8 PM, Monday through Sunday (seven days a week) – for three months straight – no one else wanted the job. But he was in – and after the crash course of record store boot camp, and upon achieving super-human knowledge via his trivia-obsessed mutant form of Hyperthymesia (blessing/curse), and with a $3.00 an hour raise, he was put in charge as sole manager of Crane’s Palos Verdes Record and Tape Store on Highway 1, located near the beach, just north of Malaga Cove, which was around the point from the original “Marineland” of the Pacific. Groovy.
At twenty, for nearly a year, from ’71 to ’72, that store became his second home and he really styled and customized the place. He took the fixtures from a clothes store next door that had closed and installed their slanted shingled “roof” over the length of the whole cash register area; supported by slender real tree trunk poles braced at both ends, this gave the counter area a “natural” environment and a nice place to do business.
With a wall of cassettes behind him, 00individual would look out across his domain and down all of the aisles as his satisfied subjects flipped and sifted through bins of choice records while rockin’ to the cranked-up sounds of Hendrix’ “In the West”, or T-Rex’ “Electric Warrior”, or Led Zeppelin IV, or Deep Purple’s “Machine Head”, or America’s debut album – or Alice Cooper’s “Schools Out”, or Neil Young’s “Harvest” – and those were just the most recent Warner/Reprise/Atlantic releases! Good times? No, epic times!
“Harvest” sold so well that 00individual just stacked the sealed factory boxes with the top box open – no need to file or display “Harvest” – just keep it in stock.
“HARVEST” Side one 1. “Out on the Weekend” 4:35, 2. “Harvest” 3:11, 3. “A Man Needs a Maid” 4:05, 4. “Heart of Gold” 3:07, 5. “Are You Ready for the Country?” 3:33 Side two 1. “Old Man” 3:24, 2. “There’s a World” 2:59, 3. “Alabama” 4:02, 4. “The Needle and the Damage Done” (recorded in concert January 30, 1971) 2:03, 5. “Words (Between the Lines of Age)” 6:40.
Apparently Lynyrd Skynyrd wrote “Sweet Home Alabama” in response to Young’s racist portrayal of the South with the “Harvest” track, Alabama and the “After The Goldrush” track, Southern Man. So basically Neil Young is responsible for one of the most loved and famous songs of the ’70s.
But . . .
in his 2012 autobiography Waging Heavy Peace, Young commented on his role in the song’s creation, writing “My own song ‘Alabama’ richly deserved the shot Lynyrd Skynyrd gave me with their great record. I don’t like my words when I listen to it. They are accusatory and condescending, not fully thought out, and too easy to misconstrue”.
A rarity; a man owns up – and that’s why Neil Young is a Legend – well, that, and all that other music stuff.
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