Neil Young Tonight's The Night
NME (Magazine): Ranked #94 in NME's list of the "Greatest Albums Of All Time."
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- Released: February 15, 1987
- Originally Released: 1997
- Label: Reprise / WEA
Q - 4/02, p.141"...This is as gripping and original an album as Young has ever made."
The Wire - p.44"[T]he album most often hailed as Young's messed-up masterpiece....'Tired Eyes' addresses the death of a junkie with merciless candour..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 11/01, p.151"...One of the most bleakly beautiful rock albums ever made..."
NME (Magazine) - 10/2/93, p.29Ranked #94 in NME's list of the "Greatest Albums Of All Time."
NME (Magazine) - 9/18/93, p.19Ranked #43 in NME's list of the "Greatest Albums Of The '70s."
NME (Magazine) - 8/12/00, p.28Ranked #14 in The NME "Top 30 Heartbreak Albums" - "...[His] world was devastated in late-'72 by the overdose of Crazy horse guitarist Danny Whitten and roadie Bruce Berry....his desperate attempt to come to terms with those deaths..."
- 1.Tonight's The Night
- 2.Speakin' Out
- 3.World On A String
- 4.Borrowed Tune
- 5.Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown
- 6.Mellow My Mind
- 7.Roll Another Number (For The Road)
- 9.New Mama
- 10.Lookout Joe
- 11.Tired Eyes
- 12.Tonight's The Night (part II)
Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Neil Young (vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano, vibraphone); Danny Whitten (vocals, guitar); Ralph Molina (vocals, drums); Billy Talbot (bass).
Additional personnel: Nils Lofgren (vocals, guitar, piano); Ben Keith (vocals, pedal steel guitar, slide guitar); Jack Nitzsche (piano); Tim Drummond (bass); Kenny Buttrey (drums).
Producers: Neil Young, David Briggs, Tim Mulligan, Eliot Mazer.
Personnel: Neil Young (vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano, vibraphone); Ben Keith (vocals, guitar, slide guitar, steel guitar); Nils Lofgren (vocals, guitar, piano); Danny Whitten (vocals, guitar); Ralph Molina (vocals, drums); Jack Nitzsche (guitar, piano, keyboards); Kenny Buttrey, Tim Drummond (drums); Whitsell (background vocals).
Recording information: Broken Arrow (03/1970-12/1973); Studio Instrument Rentals, Rehearsal Hall D, Los Angele (03/1970-12/1973).
Let's get a popular misconception out of the way. The rap about this being one of Young's darkest, most harrowing albums is utter nonsense, perpetuated by critics who spend more time reading each other than listening to the music. TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT is dedicated to Young's guitarist Danny Whitten and roadie Bruce Berry, who died shortly before this recording was made, and the title cut details that very subject, but the darker moments here are leavened by a generous share of self-parodic humor and general Neil Young loopiness.
Sad, tender ballads like "Borrowed Tune," (itself not without humor) rub shoulders with hearty rockers like "Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown." Several tunes find Young and Crazy Horse exploring hard-edged country-rock with their collective tongue stuck firmly in the cheek, as on "Roll Another Number." Young's voice reels sadistically and purposefully out of tune, cutting through the arrangements like strategically placed barbed-wire (and providing a template for the work of Will Oldham/Palace two decades later). Sardonic, taunting, mercilessly self-deprecating, often downright funny, TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT is no gloomfest, but a multi-faceted, full-bodied classic.