Neil Young - On the Beach

Last night I went to Neil Young's concert at Nottingham (it was awesome!), so I take this opportunity to post one of my favourite albums ever and the best Neil Young album, in my opinion. "On the Beach" was released in 1974 and was the long-awaited follow-up to the commercially and critically successful Harvest (great album btw!). It came as a shock to fans and critics since it was a very melancholic, sad album which dealt with themes such as the downside of fame and the Californian lifestyle. It was not a commercial success at the time of its release but over time attained a high regard from fans and critics alike.

For nearly two decades, rarity made a cult out of the album. The title was deleted from vinyl in the early 1980s and only briefly released on cassette. On the Beach headed the list of most-desired albums not released on CD. Beginning in 2000, over 5000 fans signed an online petition calling for the release of the album on CD; this wish was finally granted in 2003.

A classic! Track 6 ("On the Beach") is one of my favourite songs of all time!

Artist: Neil Young
Album: On the Beach
Year: 1974
Genre: classic rock, folk, blues

1. Walk On
2. See the Sky About to Rain
3. Revolution Blues
4. For the Turnstiles
5. Vampire Blues
6. On the Beach
7. Motion Pictures (for Carrie)
8. Ambulance Blues

More info:
Wikipedia: Neil Young, On the Beach
Official Website

Check the comments to listen before you buy!


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CyprusChill said...

1974 - CyprusChill - 2009 - One would hope so soon.

sugbear said...

100% agreed this is neil's best. everyone should get it. title track is my favorite as well. i recently put a few thoughts here:

i only heard this a month ago and it was immediately my favorite. i thought i knew neil pretty well - have listened to the classics [everyone, harvest, etc] hundreds of times! but this blew me away. what a great treasure to appear from 1974 virtually untouched [i somehow missed to 2003 release]. btw thats 3 decades right?

it is great that other fans feel same way. in the rolling stone review in 74 stephen holden actually criticizes the inclusion of title track. we rip into that a bit at the link above.

review is here:

this album is so raw, it expresses neil darkly but precisely more than any other work.

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