Neil Young Discography
The first thing you notice about the Neil Young discography is this man sure records a lot of albums. He also experiments with different music. He can go from rockabilly to blues and from country to garage rock in just a few albums. He is a restless spirit and if you can't keep up with his short attention span, you best get off his train. However, if you love the art of surprise, Neil Young is one long, beautiful ride.
- "Harvest" "Heart of Gold" was the biggest hit on this album, but there were so many great cuts. "Alabama" was a reaction to racism in the South and "The Needle and the Damage Done" reflected on the pain he felt about his friend's death. This was the beautiful acoustic side of Young, a side he would return to again and again.
- "Tonight's the Night" This Neil Young album is a harrowing continuation of "The Needle and the Damage Done," as Young tries to recover from his friend's untimely death. Rarely has a rock artist been so focused with one album. It hurts to listen, but it's so much more real than most rock.
- "Rust Never Sleeps" "It's better to burn out than it is to rust," Young sings. This Neil Young album is Young's response to The Sex Pistols, in part, as he name-drops Johnny Rotten.
- "Trans" "Trans" is one of Neil Young's albums under the influence of electronic music. Young loves technology, which shows on this album. Listen for his rethink of "Mr. Soul." Some fans might call that blasphemy. However, it's just Young being Young.
- "Everybody's Rockin'" Neil Young's label wanted him to do a rock album, so he did a rockabilly album. They didn't know what to do do with it. You never know what to expect from one of Neil Young's albums.
- "This Note's For You" Part of this Neil Young album is the man's reaction to the commercialization of rock music. Part of it is Neil Young having fun playing the blues. He can do that, too.
- "Freedom" This album has one of Young's greatest anthems, "Rockin' in the Free World." He also covers "On Broadway," with all the irony that choice entails. There's also the beautiful "Wrecking Ball."
- "Harvest Moon" This Neil Young album is an obvious return to Young's classic album, "Harvest." It's a great return, too. The "From Hank to Hendrix" track works both as a musical history lesson, as well as a unique way to chronicle a relationship.
- "Sleeps With Angels" Young took Kurt Cobain's death hard, just like the rest of us. Only he created a great album out of it.
- "Mirror Ball" Neil Young recorded this album with Pearl Jam. The love went both ways here. You loved the new, young band, while Eddie Vedder was truly influenced by Neil Young.