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After laboring in Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Neil Young finally hit perfect pitch--if his endearing off-center whine can be called "perfect"--with his third album. He's equally passionate with trippy riddles (has anybody figured out what "We've got mother nature on the run" means in the title track?) and pointed protest (after 30 years of rock-radio overplay, "Southern Man" still rings with truth about redneck racism). His creaky ensemble, including pianist Jack Nitzsche and rotating members of Crazy Horse, transforms ramshackle country and folk songs into soulful hippie hymns. --Steve Knopper

Japanese only SHM-CD (Super High Material CD - playable on all CD players) pressing. Warner.

Customer Reviews:

  • A Period Piece
    There is merely great music and then there are those songs and albums that take you back to a period in your life that was both magical and scary. For me, After The Gold Rush is one of those albums.
    Back in San Diego, a lot of the neighborhood kids hung around at my friend Howard Pierce's garage partying and listening to good music day in and day out. Howard's garage was a place of friendship, it was a place of refuge, it was a place to sort out our insecurities and for many of the kids, it was a place we got to know our first loves. Our musical tastes were varied but After The Gold Rush is one of several albums everyone could agree on and while it was playing, it helped bind us ever deeper in friendship.
    Yes, Neil Young's vocal range is limited, and the songs sometimes maudlin, but his whiny voice and earnest vulnerability have an endearing quality about them that makes this CD a perfect listening choice when gathered with close friends or a lover. And the fact that it is #2 on amazon's Ohio State University music circle thirty-two years after its issue says something about its timeless appeal to those young in body and spirit.
    My favorite's are Oh Lonesome Me, Don't Let It Bring You Down, When You Dance You Can Really Love, and I Believe In You. Southern Man is a great rocker and is one of Young's most famous songs, but its sanctimony turned me off even when I was young. Did Young mean to tell us that the only racists around were in the South? The song did allow millions of kids to feel superior to Southern rednecks who most of us were sure were just like those hillbillies in Deliverance or the warden in Cool Hand Luke. The ironic thing is that in my neighborhood half of the kids were the sons and daughters of Southerners who came west to work after WWII.
    I have many Neil Young recordings, but if I had to choose just one to keep, that one would be After The Gold Rush. Its transgenerational appeal makes it the one to own....more info
  • My Favorite Album
    Neil Young's After The Goldrush is a brilliant, cerebral and often difficult miracle of an album. It's almost impossible not to be swept up in the powerful emotions, sentiments and ideas expressed in this album. All the way from the provocative cover art to the scathing classic 'Southern Man', it would be a bad idea for any rock fan to pass on this one....more info
  • Simply Great
    I've been a Neil Young fan since the day I first heard one of his songs, and this is one of the best records he's ever done. But I'm a fan of just about everything he's put out so...

    Anyway in my opinion this is one of his very best...more info
  • Two or Three Great Tracks Don't Make A Classic Album
    ATGR and Harvest are constantly described as Neil's best albums, but in my opinion, neither has stood the test of time as well as many of his other albums, and are both decidely patchy and uneven.

    Tell Me Why and Only Love Can Break Your Heart are tedious mid-tempo plodders with banal lyrics. Two songs (which closed each side of the LP in the dear old days of vinyl) are complete throw-aways. Charming, I suppose, when you first play the record, but 30 years on, pretty boring. Even in the aforementioned days of vinyl, this left a pretty uneven album: in the days of CD, you are liable to feel short-changed. Neil isn't at his best when covering other people's songs (a notable exception is 'The Wayward Wind' on Old Ways), and Oh, Lonesome Me is a dreary dirge, which introduces Don't Let It Bring You Down, another, self-penned, dreary dirge. However, this album does have at least one bona fide certified classic: Southern Man, which has lost none of its power, truly one of Neil's greatest songs (an even better version is to be found on the otherwise mostly hopeless Journey Through the Past album). The sentiments of the title track are a little sentimental and hippy-ish to have aged well, but it is a nice performance with Neil at the piano. The album's other rocker, When You Dance, is probably its best moment after Southern Man, although the ballads I Believe in You (in which Neil makes effective use of his limited vocal range) and Birds are also pretty damn fine. Probably three and a half stars would be about right for this inconsistent album. Actually, a lot of Neil's seventies albums are patchy and uneven, but tend to get overrated because of one or two outstanding tracks (Zuma, for instance). There are at least a dozen Neil Young albums that are better than this: Time Fades Away, On the Beach, Tonight's the Night, Comes A Time, Rust Never Sleeps, Trans, Old Ways, This Note's For You, Freedom, Ragged Glory, Harvest Moon, Sleeps With Angels, Silver and Gold. In anyone else's canon, however, this would be a fine album....more info

  • For a classic-rock music lover.
    I bought this for my husband for his birthday, and he loves it. He's a big Neil Young fan, but this particular CD was missing from his collection. The only thing that bothers me now, is that he plays this CD over and over and over....more info
  • Great headphone album-made me discover a mono track
    This is still one of my favorite albums of all time, and I just discovered how good it sounds in headphones (great stereo spread), however I am listening to Oh lonesome me, and it is in mono-I think I remember that from when I had it on LP. Anyway, I don't think old Neil did any better than here. The songs are all great, and his voice is in perfect shape!...more info
  • 'There was a band playing in my head, and I felt like getting high.'
    Maybe it's partly nostalgia, but After the Gold Rush and Harvest will always be my two favorite Neil Young albums. Recorded after Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (1969) and before Harvest (1972), After the Gold Rush is considered Young's commercial breakthrough album and contains so many of his best-known songs ("After the Gold Rush," "Only Love Can Break Your Heart," "Southern Man," and "Don't Let It Bring You Down") that many might consider this a greatest hits compilation. With Stephen Stills providing backing vocals and Danny Whitten on guitar and vocals, Billy Talbot on bass, Ralph Molina on drums and vocals, and Nils Lofgren on piano and vocals, the album is a mix of acoustic-folk CSN ("Tell Me Why," "After the Gold Rush," "Only Love Can Break Your Heart") and hard-rocking Crazy Horse ("When You Dance I Can Really Love," "Southern Man"). Album tracks include:

    1. Tell Me Why 2:54
    2. After The Gold Rush 3:45
    3. Only Love Can Break Your Heart 3:05
    4. Southern Man 5:31
    5. Till The Morning Comes 1:17
    6. Oh, Lonesome Me 3:47
    7. Don't Let It Bring You Down 2:56
    8. Birds 2:34
    9. When You Dance You Can Really Love 4:05
    10. I Believe In You 3:24
    11. Cripple Creek Ferry 1:34

    G. Merritt
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  • Till The Morning Comes....
    ....nowadays this minute and a half track would be called an interlude on many of the bloated, half-baked discs released with staggering regularity. But on this 1970 classic it's just one of many great tracks that make up Neil Young's 3rd solo LP. While it's really hard for me to quibble with anything Young released during his most fruitful period, something about this particular album stands out. He wasn't trying to prove his clout as a hitmaker anymore, he'd already fully incorporated Crazy Horse into his sound and his songwriting had grown by leaps and bounds, this was simply Young relaxing and recording what felt good to him at the time. At least that's the impression I get listening to this set of relaxed yet confident tracks. "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" is a ragged waltz of such beauty that it seems much longer than it's 3 minute running time. The hard-rocking "Southern Man" incited much controversy 33 years ago, but it's lyrics seem quaint now in the 21st century, and musically speaking, it rocks like a b***h! The piano and voice combo on the quietly yearning title track is another current fave of mine. Everything here works very well and marks yet another great addition to one of the finest catalogs in all of popular music. Indespensible....more info
  • A Force of Nature
    While Neil Young's quivering voice and minimalist guitar style may be acquired tastes (his one-note repetitive solo on "Cinnimon Girl" from "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" remains one of the greatest acts of rock and roll chuzpha ever), his musical integrity and songwriting have never been questioned. After a somewhat overproduced initial effort ("Neil Young") and a grungy second ("Everybody Knows . . . "), Young struck a personal (and a surprisingly commercially successful) chord with "After the Gold Rush." Only two of the songs here really qualify as rockers ("Southern Man" and "When You Dance You Can Really Love"), yet the spare readings and instrumentation of "Tell Me Why," "Don't Let It Bring You Down," "I Believe in You," and the title song afforded Young a unique identity among the pack of singer-songwriters of the early '70's. And his transformation of Don Gibson's "Oh, Lonesome Me" from jaunty honky-tonk to emotional lament was one of the more daring cover version efforts in modern musical history.

    Young's love/hate relationship with Stephen Stills in Buffalo Springfield and CSNY are well documented, and in retrospect, it almost seemed an impossible task to confine Young's vision in either of these bands. Neil Young, plain and simple, is a musical force of nature - and "After the Gold Rush" brought this into clear focus....more info

  • La ¨¦poca dorada de Neil Young
    De la trilog¨ªa de excelentes discos de la primera etapa de Neil Young, sin considerar su debut, After The Gold Rush es el menos destacado, lo que en ning¨²n caso equivale a decir que es un paso atr¨¢s, s¨®lo pierde un poco su brillo al estar en medio de dos gigantes como Everybody Knows y Harvest (o tres si tambi¨¦n se considera D¨¦j¨¤ Vu). El tono del disco es oscuro, predominando las baladas folk, memorables temas como Tell Me Why, el mejor tema del disco, Only Love Can Break Your Heart o I Believe In You dejan ver su lado m¨¢s intimista, mientras When You Dance... y en especial Southern Man vuelven a recordar al disco anterior, con la t¨ªpica interacci¨®n en las guitarras que ser¨ªa una de las marcas del caracter¨ªstico sonido Neil Young....more info
  • "Masterpiece" is an understatement.
    This album always puts me in a state of hypnosis in which I become absorbed by it, unaware of anything else around me. I can't listen to it while I'm driving, It's just that good. Same goes for "On the Beach".

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  • A MASTERPIECE
    I first heard the song "After the Goldrush" on the radio a few times and was blown away. I had no idea who it was by or even the title of the song. The lyrics were nothing i had ever heard of before and the simplicity of the tune that makes the song great were so mystical that i wondered who the hell did such a feat as this. It took about a year to find the artist and i still coudn't believe it was Young on that piano. No one I new listened to him so it was hard. Anyhoo, this is one of the best "old cds" out there and shouldn't be hidden in a sea of music at the mall. Find it, buy it, hook line and sinker! An excellent drinking album as well!!......more info
  • A PERIOD PIECE BUT ALSO A GREAT SINGER SONGWRITER ALBUM!
    I'm gonna get this off my chest first. To be honest I have never been a huge Neil Young fan. Don't get wrong he has done some great stuff throughout his musical career but so have his peers like Stephen Stills and Graham Nash etc; (sometimes they've done better things) and for whatever reason they do not get as much recognition. However I felt I hadn't really given Neil a chance. So I decided to pick up two of Neil's most critically acclaimed albums: 'Harvest' and of course 'After The Gold Rush'.

    Fresh of the success of Deja Vu, Neil Young decide to conquer more ground in 1970 on his own. 'After The Goldrush' was recorded and released to a 'any type of material from CSN&Y' hungry public. The album was a monster sky rocketing Neil into new levels of super stardom.

    It wasn't just hype either. 'After The Goldrush' has some great music on it.The first four tracks are truly gold. Opening with TELL ME WHY; a nice charming acoustic piece. The title track AFTER THE GOLDRUSH has some awesome lyrics. ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART is beautiful and of course everyone knows the classic rocker SOUTHERN MAN which rocketed up the charts that year. TILL THE MORNING COMES is a short ditty that is pleasing but could have made way for an actual song. OH, LONESOME ME is a slow paced country piece. It's beautful but a tad depressing for me. DON'T LET IT BRING YOU DOWN is another classic here. BIRDS is another beautiful piano piece with excellent vocals. WHEN YOU DANCE YOU CAN REALLY LOVE is another great rocker. While I BELIEVE IN YOU is a laid back country rocker with some good guitar and lyrics. The final track CRIPPLE CREEK FERRY is another short yet pleasing ditty. However like I said with TILL THE MORNING COMES, it could have made way for actual songs.

    Overall 'After The Goldrush' is a classic. If you want to go back to 1970 this is a good CD to take you there. At first I didn't really like this album. However after a few more listens I realized the excellence this album possessed. The lyrics are wonderful. Neil Young could really write some good music! He knew how to do a beautiful country ballad and he defiently knew how to rock! Highly recommend!...more info

  • Music From A Now Folk Rock Elder Stateman
    I have previously mentioned the name Neil Young in this space in connection with his early career as a heavy rock presence with his band Crazy Horse on the album "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere". I noted there that Neil Yong had had many incantations and seemed to have lately taken up the role of folk/ rock elder statesman with some success. In short, through Young's varied career it has been hard to type him. That brings us to the CD under review that kind of makes that point more succinctly that I could on my own.

    This album is from the same period and with the same band as "Everybody" mentioned above but it is far less a rock classic than that effort and a more diverse reflection of Young's talents and interest. Yes, the rocking tense "Southern Man" ranks right up there with "Down By The River" and other efforts but there are also classic country tunes like "Oh Lonesome Me" and "Tell Me Why" or the folkie "Cripple Creek Ferry" and "Till The Morning Comes". See what I mean? Folk, rock, country-the only part that seems to be pure fact is that he is an elder statesman of ....music. Listen on.
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  • Neil's Best!
    Wow! What an album. After hearing my buddy's play their version of "When you dance...", I couldn't get the song out of my head.
    So, I had to get the album, Great song! I only had "Decade" and CSNY's "So Far" as far as Neil stuff goes, Oh and Harvest Moon.
    Anyhow, now I'm on the search for all the best Neil, Stills, CSNY etc... really good stuff!

    -jp...more info

  • Earnestness unequal to excellence
    ATGR is a good example of why Young tends to be overpraised. Don't get me wrong, he is worthy of nearly all the tremendous influencing his name has incurred, and rightfully put out many, many brilliantly composed pieces. But his albums as a whole tend to be shaky, with ruggedly elegant songwriting rarely taking center stage, over mainly simple piano-n-riff-rock, albeit with a tenderness rarely seen in conjunction with a distortion pedal....more info
  • After The Gold Rush
    A seminal Neil Young and Crazy Horse album. There are no weak songs. Strong lyrics and harmonies....more info
  • WHEN ROCKERS BECOME SONG-WRITERS...
    So, what happened here I think, was that Neil broke his leg or something, and had a release deadline to keep, and he couldn't pick up the electric guitar that he had weilded so flawlessly on his previous release. SO, instead he decided to hit the piano, and focus more on his softer side, initiating a creative flood for softer material, and hence, coming up with a songwriters treasure trove of an album. AFTER THE GOLD RUSH seems to be the favorite for anyone in the singer/songwriter circuit, and well it should be. The range of style on this thing is wide, but subtle. His most covered material can be found here, ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART, BIRDS, DONT LET IT BRING YOU DOWN. Sure he hits the threshold of dismal here (even for Neil) with songs like the title track and OH LONESOME ME; but he also lets loose once or twice with songs like WHEN YOU DANCE and the silly but cool CRIPPLE CREEK FERRY. Personally I always dug TILL THE MORNING COMES. Its like a minute and a half long, but it says all it needs to say. "I'm gonna give you till the morning comes, till the morning comes. I'm only waiting till the morning comes." And that about says it. Neil somehow manages to shred one through the amplifier with the intense SOUTHERN MAN, and a pair of others stand well also. To make this story short; every song here is an example of quality, and I doubt there is a singer/songwriter around that would disagree. SO, it doesn't rock out like, say, one of the Crazy Horse albums; but it definately deserves repeated listens, and has even caused me to flip the volume up more than once. Classic....more info
  • "Don't Let It Bring You Down"
    Oh my people, I have been very busy of late. Aside from the daunting task of saving humanity, I have been asked by reknown editors to submit my reviews for a book they are considering. It will be called, "Metamorpho: The Seering Stone Reviews". Catchy title, ey? And, many of them will be culled from the very reviews my fanatical fans have read on these very pages! Oh, I know what you're thinking. You're thinking why you should pay for old, retread reviews? Not so my people! Proofreaders will be on hand to spice things up and apply the honored Hemingway method of economical writing (still popular in Florida and France) to my masterpieces. Of course, I will have final approval. Don't I always? ;)

    But, to the point, this is about Neil Young's folk-rock paragon "After the Gold Rush". This one stands out and is notable for the obvious growth in songwriting and lyrics. In this offering, Neil Young discovers the piano, and how that instrument can augment his compositions in many wonderous ways. He utilizes this for quiet, reflective mood. But also, as an integral part for his externalized topics. We have varying degrees of emotion in love. We have dismay and elevation. We cover the gamut of human concerns here. This is what makes it so extraordinary.

    There are many interpretations of the title. Ask yourself what comes after the "gold rush"? Certainly that could apply to the depletion of mother earth, but also to what comes after that initial fascination and "rush" of emotions with new love. A clever title. And Neil is more than competent to deal with these issues.

    He begins with "Tell Me Why", a straight on folk tune. But I am taken with the lyrics here. The imagery and superb lyric of "sailing hardships, through broken harbors" is a wordplay of the highest form. But then, a familar Neil Young dilemma enters, "Is it hard to make arrangements with yourself? When you're old enough to repay but young enough to sell"? Again, Neil's constant challenge: that old netherworld between childhood and adulthood. This theme plays out in many of his songs.

    Next is "After the Gold Rush", a mournful piano excursion dream that encompasses medieval times, the apocalypse, and leaving a dying planet. "Look at mother nature on the run". Indeed. Next up is "Only Love Can Break Your Heart". A beautiful soft folk-rock ballad that, for all it's simplicity, conveys the wisdom of mature truth. How true. Only love can, and does, break one's heart.

    "Southern Man" then gives Neil a chance to not only express his outrage towards historic treatment of the black man in the south, but also gives him a chance to qualify that transgression with blistering lead. Notice here how his admonitions change voice. He takes on the voice of a southern bossman. But, taking liberties such as this makes the whole song work on a visionary level.

    Next, Neil asks us to wait "Till the Morning Comes". A very, short bouncy tune, it begs further investigation. Obviously, not telling you who, what, where and why, leaves it up to your mind to interpret what it means. Artistry at work folks! We then proceed onwards to that Don Gibson classic "Oh Lonesome Me", which conveys lost love and loneliness perfectly with slow moving piano and harmonica. All the gold miners have long gone home after this composition.

    Next song is a gem. Depressing signs and ominous situations beg an inner reflection of truth. "Com'on down to the river of sight", Neil urges. The truth, finally revealed -

    "Don't let it bring you down,
    it's only castles burning,
    find someone who's turning,
    and you will come around".

    "Birds" is a beautiful piano and chorus composition. It's about love that has died and the need to fly away. It is in a song like this that Neil has the ability to show courage, compassion and the strength to move on. This is why he is such a superb songwriter. He then rocks, just a bit, with "When You Dance You Can Really Love", a romantic joy romp which leads into the plea of a dissolving relationship with the waltz-like "I Believe in You". A last stand perhaps?

    Neil then returns to the south with "Cripple Creek Ferry". A short snippet that conveys so much about relationships. In his own way, Neil knows that he is a gambler in love, just as we all are. The gold rush is over. It is the second half of the cruise. He hates to lose but, after all, he is on a "cripple" boat at best. With Neil, all these connections and visions come into play. I think this is one of the reasons he is the artist he is today.

    In many ways, this was an overwhelming and gigantic step in Neil Young's career. I have loved it from the moment I heard it, and it has lost nothing over the years. If you like folk rock, even tempered and balanced with reflection in full supply, then this is definitely one of the very best. Beautiful and one of a kind, I recommend it highly! Now I must get back to the proofreaders about my reviews. We are fighting about the inclusion or exclusion of the word "the" in one of my reviews. I fear this may be a long process and you might see my book in, hmmmmm.... maybe five years? Oh well.....

    Turning -----keep the faith, Metamorpho ;) ...more info
  • Classic Young
    A solid early record by Neil Young. It combines both the folksy acoustic and electric sounds. There isn't much to dislike on this one. While I prefer Harvest, this comes in a close second. A record worth owning, even for the casual Young fan....more info
  • Neil Young's Greatest Album Ever
    Some people prefer TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT (and I enjoy its cautionary lyrics), but AFTER THE GOLD RUSH is far and away Neil Young's best album ever. It blends all of his musical (acoustic and electric) and lyrical (cautionary, mystical, romantic, and narrative) into a compelling whole that can still leave you breathless today. It foretells the environmentalist era and the punk age with equal alacrity. The fact that Young, like most rockers of his generation, believes that the young Australian tourist jailed in Indonesia on drug-smuggling charges was unjustly convicted makes this or any other Neil Young album an essential purchase for both your ears AND your conscience....more info
  • The Best
    I love Neil Young. This is the best of the best. He has a lot of best stuff so it isn't all on one CD or collection. I will say that this is the one that a new Neil fan must have and then go back all the way to the first solo outing and start buying and you will never regret it....more info