Neil Young Harvest Moon
Q: 4 Stars - Excellent - "...he has surrounded his meditations in some of his simplest, most gorgeous melodies in years..."
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- Released: October 27, 1992
- Originally Released: 1992
- Label: Reprise / WEA
Rolling Stone - 11/26/92, p.714 Stars - Excellent - "...sounds like the calm after the storm, with a hushed musical landscape at times populated only by a ghostly harmonica, a few spooky bass lines and Young's cracked tenor...within these spare settings, Young's search for shelter from the storm resonates like a heartbeat..."
Spin - 12/92, p.89Highly Recommended - "...HARVEST MOON is all strummed acoustic chords, scenic choral overdubs, melodies cruising smooth as an air-conditioned limo on a two-lane blacktop. Underneath the tranquility and cosmic platitudes, there's a human highway..."
Entertainment Weekly - 11/13/92, p.78"...In both music and tone, HARVEST MOON is wistful and elegiac....it's the classic-rock equivalent of a late-period Sinatra saloon-song album....comfortable, reassuring, and proudly old wave..." - Rating: B+
Q - 12/99, p.74Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."
Q - 1/93, p.69Included in Q's list of the 50 Best Albums Of 1992.
Q - 12/92, p.1414 Stars - Excellent - "...he has surrounded his meditations in some of his simplest, most gorgeous melodies in years..."
Musician - 12/92, p.93"...this unadorned folk music exudes real weight....Young at his best..."
Village Voice (3/2/93, p.5) - Ranked #17 in the Village Voice's list of the 40 Best Albums Of 1992.
Audio Magazine (2/93, p.92) - Sound: B / Performance: A- - "...simple and subtle..."
Vox (12/92, p.62) - 10 - Classic - "...Though essentially a warm, emotional album, it doesn't flinch from a realization that innocent idealism is no longer a viable commodity on mankind's futures market...HARVEST MOON may be the best work he's ever done..."
(3/93, p.52) - "...HARVEST MOON has the same haunted sound as its predecessor....vintage Neil Young..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 11/01, p.151"...It's a more mature, contented record, with a good deal of gentle nostalgia..."
- 1.Unknown Legend
- 2.From Hank To Hendrix
- 3.You And Me
- 4.Harvest Moon
- 5.War Of Man
- 6.One Of These Days
- 7.Such A Woman
- 8.Old King
- 9.Dreamin' Man
- 10.Natural Beauty
Personnel: Neil Young (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Kenny Buttrey, Tim Drummond, Ben Keith, Spooner Oldham, Astrid Young, Larry Cragg.
Recorded at Redwood Digital, Woodside, California.
Both artistically and stylistically HARVEST MOON is the successor to HARVEST, Neil Young's landmark acoustic album from 1971, which featured the No. 1 single, "Heart Of Gold."
The song "Harvest Moon" was nominated for a 1994 Grammy Award as "Record Of The Year."
The song "Harvest Moon" was nominated for a 1994 Grammy Award as "Song Of The Year."
Nominated for a 1994 Grammy Award as "Record Of The Year."
Personnel: Astrid Young, Larry Cragg, James Taylor , Nicolette Larson, Ben Keith, Linda Ronstadt (vocals); Rob Lorentz (violin).
Audio Mixers: John Nowland; Neil Young; Tim Mulligan.
Recording information: Redwood Digital Studios, Woodside, CA (09/1991-02/1992).
Photographers: Larry Cragg; Joel Bernstein.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Harris Goldman; Cindy McGurty; Adriana Zoppo; Matthew Funes ; Bette Byers; Gregg Gottlieb; Rick Gerding; David Shamban; Kenny Buttrey; Spooner Oldham; Tim Drummond; Israel Baker; Larry Corbett; Rob Lorentz; Maria Newman; David Stenske; Berj Garabedian; Haim Shtrum.
Arranger: Jack Nitzsche.
After 20 years, Neil Young finally decided to release the sequel to Harvest, his most commercially successful album. Harvest Moon is in some ways a better album, without the orchestral bombast that stifled some of the songs on the first album and boasting a more diverse overall selection of songs. Harvest Moon manages to be sentimental without being sappy, wistful without being nostalgic. The lovely "Unknown Legend," "From Hank to Hendrix," and the beautiful "Harvest Moon" are among Young's best songs. Only the overlong (11 minutes) and oversimplified "Natural Beauty" hurts a beautiful album that proudly displays scars, heartaches, and love. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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