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Neil Young's Harvest

33 1/3

By (author) Sam Inglis
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Published: 30th Oct 2003
Dimensions: w 112mm h 168mm d 12mm
Weight: 140g
ISBN-10: 0826414958
ISBN-13: 9780826414953
Barcode No: 9780826414953
Synopsis
Neil Young's Harvest is one of those strange albums that has achieved lasting success without ever winning the full approval of rock critics or hardcore fans. Even Young himself has been equivocal, describing it in one breath as his "finest" album, dismissing it in the next as an MOR aberration. Here, Sam Inglis explores the circumstances of the album's creation and asks who got it right: the critics, or the millions who have bought Harvest in the 30 years since its release? Excerpt The White Falcon's split pickup might have been just a gimmick from the early days of stereo, but the way Neil Young uses it on 'Alabama' is remarkable. His muted picking brings stabbing notes first from one speaker, then the other, as though we were hearing not one but two guitarists, playing with an unnatural empathy. The electric guitar has seldom sounded so menacing, and Young's growling rhythm and piercing lead notes are tracked perfectly by Kenny Buttrey's bare-bones drumming. The build to the chorus is beautifully judged, and when Young and his celebrity backing singers let rip, there's an almost physical sense of release.

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" [Inglis's] lack of flash and authority has its upside; his ego stays far enough out of the way that emphasison the nuts 'n' bolts of the recording history of "Harvest" actually helps you hear what's going on B" Austin American-Statesman, 10/17/04 "A fascinating book about a fascinating album the insights into Young s life, methodology, and fans and critics reactions are compelling." Leaf Salon, New Zealand