Coming in at #23 on My 33 Favorite Recording Artists list is Neil Young. Neil Young if I had done this twenty years ago would have been in my Top 10 easily but in the past couple decades- although I am still a fan- he has taken a fall on my hit parade. I haven’t been listening much to him- at least not compared to days gone by.
I love the Neil Young of the 70’s when he released classic after classic as far as albums and as far as songs on those albums. The 80’s were weird for a lot of people including Neil- when he was sued for not making Neil Young albums. The 90’s were comeback years- since then he has been very active but it’s been in my opinion hit and miss. He keeps at it which I give him credit for. He doesn’t sit around not to mention any names like -Bruce Springsteen or U2 and over think things- I like that- he makes music, doesn’t overproduce the material or over think it and puts it out and goes to his next project.
My introduction to Neil Young was a great one- I had read about him- thought he would be someone I’d like and bought the 3 album Decade which came out in 1977- 35 of Neil’s best up to that point – incredible amount of greatness in only a decade of time by an artist. I loved it and was hooked. I then bought Comes A Time as my first “New” Neil album then started buying up the back catalog and then each new album as they came along.
Neil Young has released a whopping 40 solo studio albums, 8 live albums, 6 from his archives series, 1 with the Stills- Young Band, not to count his work with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. His first solo album came in 1969-and of late- he has released 9 studio albums in the 2010’s. Neil Never Sleeps.
Favorite Neil Young Albums
- EVERYBODY KNOWS THIS IS NOWHERE
- AFTER THE GOLD RUSH
- ON THE BEACH
- TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT
- RUST NEVER SLEEPS
- RAGGED GLORY
- HARVEST MOON
- LE NOISE
As far as a list of favorite Neil Young songs- I think every album- even the lesser ones all have some song on it that I like. The compilation Decade is a MUST- not a bad song on the three record – two disc album of his best early stuff. A couple years ago I went through the Young canon- I need to do that again- maybe he will zoom back up on my rankings if I do. I haven’t been listening to much of Neil of late but he is an artist I admire a great deal. He does his own thing. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t but he keeps on going into his 70’s.