After the Gold Rush

After the Gold Rush

by Neil Young


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In the 15 months between the release of Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere and After the Gold Rush, Neil Young issued a series of recordings in different styles that could have prepared his listeners for the differences between the two LPs. His two compositions on the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young album Déjà Vu, "Helpless" and "Country Girl," returned him to the folk and country styles he had pursued before delving into the hard rock of Everybody Knows; two other singles, "Sugar Mountain" and "Oh, Lonesome Me," also emphasized those roots. But "Ohio," a CSNY single, rocked as hard as anything on the second album. After the Gold Rush was recorded with the aid of Nils Lofgren, a 17-year-old unknown whose piano was a major instrument, turning one of the few real rockers, "Southern Man" (which had unsparing protest lyrics typical of Phil Ochs), into a more stately effort than anything on the previous album and giving a classic tone to the title track, a mystical ballad that featured some of Young's most imaginative lyrics and became one of his most memorable songs. But much of After the Gold Rush consisted of country-folk love songs, which consolidated the audience Young had earned through his tours and recordings with CSNY; its dark yet hopeful tone matched the tenor of the times in 1970, making it one of the definitive singer/songwriter albums, and it has remained among Young's major achievements.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/14/2009
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0093624979012
catalogNumber: 517936
Rank: 3533

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Neil Young   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Vocals,Vibes
Nils Lofgren   Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Steve Stills   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Jack Nitzsche   Piano
Ralph Molina   Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Bill Peterson   Flugelhorn
Greg Reeves   Bass,Track Performer
Billy Talbot   Bass
Danny Whitten   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Neil Young   Producer,Audio Production
David Briggs   Producer,Audio Production
Gary Burden   Art Direction
Elliot Roberts   Direction

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After the Gold Rush 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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JohnQ More than 1 year ago
Neil's albums tend to be either great or so-so, there is nothing so-so about this one. One of Neil's Great albums. A powerful collection of songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a new Neil Young fan and this is a great album. I love "After The Gold Rush." "Southern Man" Is also good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
So good. Nothing can beat this. This is so legendary that I don´t know what so say. Besta songs are: After the gold rush and southern man. If you haven´t heard about NY before you may have problems to ''get in'' this record. You need to listen and listen...and read the words.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Without a doubt one of the greatest albums ever!Young proves he can rock (Southern Man) write an anthem for the decade yet to come (the title tune) and cover a country classic (Oh Lonesome Me).
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, there are really no albums that are as good as After the Goldrush. It had a profound impact on me before I was 10 years old and to this day (15 years later) I still listen and reflect upon it more than any album. I have read reviews from Rolling Stone that say that this album was not ready to be released and that the music did not reach its full potential. Upon reading his biography you will find that what Neil releases is exactly what he wants people to hear. The music in this album is not about love as much as it is reflection. Southern Man and After the Goldrush best define this. All songs on here are fairly mellow and vary in mood. Tell Me Why is upbeat and positive where Oh Lonesome Me...I think the title speaks for itself. If you are new to the Neil Young experiance, do yourself a favor and buy this album. I promise you will never forget it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it is an amazing singer and piano player espescaily after the gold rush
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