2020 Album Draft- Round 8- Pick 5- Introgroove selects- Neil Young- After The Gold Rush.
We’re getting down the wire with this draft, aren’t we? I’ve thought all along I’d like to take some Uncle Neil with me to my island, and somehow my favorite album of his is still available. After the Gold Rush encapsulates just about every aspect of music that I love from the late 60’s/early 70’s. From acoustic folk to loud electric rockers, from piano ballads to a hint of country. There’s anger and sadness as well as hope in these lyrics. It’s all there, and not because he didn’t know what he wanted to do and so he just threw a bunch of tracks together. This is, along with All Things Must Pass, a perfect 1970 album to my ears. Its songs combine elements of CSNY, Crazy Horse, and even a little Springfield at a time when all were either current bands or just recently folded. It’s also an album that celebrated its 50th anniversary just a few days ago, and as that is the main theme of my blog I posted a bit on it then. So, rather than regurgitate it all here, if you didn’t have a chance to read it and are interested, you can see my tribute here.