Neil Young Silver & Gold
Melody Maker: 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...Sees him going all acoustic again, proving it's better to fade away than burn out..."
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- Released: April 25, 2000
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Reprise / WEA
Rolling Stone - 1/4/01, p.118Included in Rolling Stone's "Top 50 Albums of 2000".
Rolling Stone - 5/11/00, pp.127-84.5 stars out of 5 - "...Neil Young is at his hushed, acoustic best: simple, romantic, direct....It details, with glistening realism, the peaks and valleys that make true love an eternal work in progress..."
Spin - 6/00, p.1537 out of 10 - "...This is the homespun, acoustic Neil Young...he hasn't sounded as lucid, or as confident, in years....a precise, light-handed record that feels like warm wind on the back of your neck..."
Q - 1/01, p.94Included in Q's "50 Best Albums of 2000".
Q - 6/00, pp.100-14 stars out of 5 - "...A wonderfully affecting record....an album about love. Love and...nostalgia..."
The Wire - 6/00, p.59"...Introverted [and] acoustic....[he] elected to don a mask of extreme mellowness..."
CMJ - 5/1/00, p.25"...[Young] wistfully gazes back at his past for inspiration....marked by faint whiffs of breezy pedal steel, organ and dobro....unabashed sentimentality and joy."
Melody Maker - 5/9/00, p.503.5 stars out of 5 - "...Sees him going all acoustic again, proving it's better to fade away than burn out..."
No Depression - 5-6/00, p.109"...Swift, smooth numbers focussing on a single ambitious theme: reconnecting with the lost moments, recapturing the texture of lost loves and missed chances, and doing it well and real enough...to provide new energy. That's quintessential Young..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 5/00, pp.84-5"...The album has really just one mood: comfortable. An untroubled feeling of effortlessness and ease....a mellow tender, easy album..."
NME (Magazine) - 4/22/00, p.397 out of 10 - "...Gently acoustic, peacefully steeped in nostalgia and remembrance, it generates a warm glow of grace....a pleasant stroll in an autumn sunset..."
- 1.Good To See You
- 2.Silver & Gold
- 3.Daddy Went Walkin'
- 4.Buffalo Springfield Again
- 5.The Great Divide
- 6.Horseshoe Man
- 7.Red Sun
- 8.Distant Camera
- 9.Razor Love
- 10.Without Rings
Personnel: Neil Young (vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano); Ben Keith (pedal steel guitar, background vocals); Spooner Oldham (piano, organ); Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass); Oscar Butterworth (drums, percussion); Jim Keltner (drums); Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt (background vocals).
Recorded at Redwood Digital, Redwood City, California.
This limited edition includes a large poster with lyrics.
Personnel includes: Neil Young (vocals, guitar); Ben Keith (pedal steel guitar, dobro); Spooner Oldham (piano, organ); Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass); Oscar Butterworth (drums, percussion); Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt (background vocals).
Recorded at Redwood Digital, Redwood City, California; Arlyn Studios, Austin, Texas; Jim Brady Studios, Tuscon, Arizona.
Personnel: Neil Young (guitar, harp, piano); Ben Keith (vocals, steel guitar); Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt (vocals); Spooner Oldham (piano, organ); Oscar Butterworth, Jim Keltner (drums).
Audio Mixers: John Hausman; John Nowland; Larry Greenhill; Tim Mulligan; Bobby Arnold .
Recording information: Arlyn Studios, Austin, TX (08/26/1997-05/28/1999); Jim Brady Studios, Tucson, AZ (08/26/1997-05/28/1999); Redwood Digital, Redwood City, CA (08/26/1997-05/28/1999).
Photographers: Amber Young; Pegi Young.
Quietly introspective and sonically rich, SILVER & GOLD is the millennial successor to 1972's HARVEST. Having originally planned it as a solo project, Young spent three years hashing the album's details out before inviting into the studio legendary studio bassist "Duck" Dunn and keyboard player Spooner Oldham, as well as longtime friends Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris who provide exquisite background harmonies.
Opening with the warm and simple "Good to See You," the remaining nine songs waft along on waves of contentment. Framed by Young's soft, low delivery, wheezing harmonica, and Ben Keith's softly whining pedal steel, the 10 tracks on SILVER & GOLD are very much a look back at this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's life. The most obvious example is "Buffalo Springfield Again," an easy-going number that sees past longtime grudges towards the original fun goal of being in a band. Elsewhere, Young's inspiration comes from his (and everyone else's) father in "Daddy Went Walkin'," and the richness relationships bring to life on the title track, while with "Red Sun" he bypasses the bar life for quality time with his main squeeze. SILVER & GOLD is yet another high point in an already illustrious career.
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