In order to obtain the best possible audio reproduction, every effort was made to use the original source 2-channel master tapes which were then remastered according to the most up-to-date HDCD 24-bit remastering processes.
Personnel: Neil Young (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano); Neil Young (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Frank "Poncho" Sampedro (vocals, guitar, electric guitar); Graham Nash (vocals, acoustic guitar); Stephen Stills (vocals, electric guitar, piano); Danny Whitten, J.J. Cale, Crosby & Nash (vocals, electric guitar); James Taylor (vocals, banjo); Billy Talbot (vocals, bass guitar); Ralph Molina (vocals, drums); Linda Ronstadt (vocals, background vocals); Nils Lofgren (guitar, piano); Teddy Irwin (guitar); Grant Boatwright, Johnny Christopher, Vic Jordan, Steve Gibson , Jerry Shook, Dale Sellers, Bucky Barrett (acoustic guitar); Ben Keith (steel guitar, keyboards); Rita Fey (autoharp); Rufus Thibodeaux (fiddle); Sheldon Kurland, Larry Harvin, George Kosmola, Martha McCrory, Stephanie Woolf, Lawrence Lasson, Maryanna Harvin, Carole Walker, Rebecca Lynch, George Binkley III, Roy Christensen, Virginia Christensen, Carl Gorodetzky, Marvin Chantry, Gary VanOsdale (strings); Bill Peterson (flugelhorn); Spooner Oldham (piano, organ); Andy McMahon (piano); Dallas Taylor , John Barbata, Kenny Buttrey, Karl Himmel, Chad Cromwell (drums); Farrell Morris (percussion); James Taylor (background vocals); Nicolette Larson (vocals); Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Stray Gators.
Recording information: Broken Arrow Ranch, Woodside, CA (01/17/1969-09/22/1991); Cow Palace, San Francisco, CA (01/17/1969-09/22/1991); Home Studio, Topanga, CA (01/17/1969-09/22/1991); Quadrafonic Sound Studios, Nashville, TN (01/17/1969-09/22/1991); Record Plant Studio 3, Hollywood, CA (01/17/1969-09/22/1991); Redwood Digital Studios, Woodside, CA (01/17/1969-09/22/1991); Wally Heider Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA (01/17/1969-09/22/1991); Woodland Sound Studios, Nashville, TN (01/17/1969-09/22/1991).
All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
Director: Elliot Roberts.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Frank "Poncho" Sampedro; Tim Drummond.
2004's Greatest Hits is not only the first retrospective Neil Young has released since 1977's Decade, it's the first ever single-disc collection of his best-known songs. Greatest Hits offers the basic canon, with no frills and none of Young's trademark idiosyncracies, but ultimately that doesn't matter much, because Greatest Hits has all the songs that every Neil Young fan agrees are his biggest and best: "Down by the River," "Cinnamon Girl," "Helpless," "After the Gold Rush," "Southern Man," "Ohio," "The Needle and the Damage Done," "Old Man," "Heart of Gold," "Like a Hurricane." It works as an introduction for the uninitiated and as a concise summary for more casual fans. In other words, it's as good a compilation as it could have been. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine