Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

by Neil Young


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Neil Young has long been perched atop rock's list of true perfectionists, a fact that ensured he wouldn't release a standard "best-of" until he knew he could get everything just right. Well, thanks to sonic advances, he's finally agreed that the time has come for this wide-ranging sampler to make its way to fans. Mixed in DVD-stereo from the original masters, the disc boasts warm and utterly enveloping versions of material as varied as the gossamer acoustic plaint "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" and the sinewy stomper "Southern Man." The reworked sound is amply evident on those songs -- "Like a Hurricane" and "Cowgirl in the Sand," to name a pair -- that spotlight Young's singular soloing. In these surroundings, his playing is even more vivid, more stinging than on any CD version heard before. The set covers nearly a quarter century of Young's career, presenting him alone, with Crazy Horse, and with CS&N, culminating with the winsome title track of 1992's Harvest Moon. And while it's not a complete portrait of Neil as an artist -- that would require a hefty box set -- it's certainly the sort of snapshot any fan would be proud to display.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/16/2004
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0093624893523
catalogNumber: 48935
Rank: 405

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Neil Young   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Rufus Thibodeaux   Fiddle,Group Member
J.J. Cale   Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Crosby & Nash   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Nils Lofgren   Guitar,Piano
Graham Nash   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Linda Ronstadt   Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Steve Stills   Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals
James Taylor   Banjo,Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Gibson   Acoustic Guitar
Nicolette Larson   Vocals
Vic Jordan   Acoustic Guitar,Group Member
Ben Keith   Pedal Steel Guitar,Keyboards,Group Member
John Barbata   Drums
Bucky Barrett   Acoustic Guitar,Group Member
George Binkley   Strings,Group Member
Grant Boatwright   Acoustic Guitar,Group Member
Kenny Buttrey   Drums
Marvin Chantry   Strings,Group Member
Roy Christensen   Strings,Group Member
Virginia Christensen   Strings,Group Member
Johnny Christopher   Acoustic Guitar,Group Member
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Tim Drummond   Bass
Rita Fey   Autoharp,Group Member
Carl Gorodetzky   Strings,Group Member
Karl Himmel   Drums,Group Member
Teddy Irwin   Guitar
Sheldon Kurland   Strings,Group Member
Lawrence Lasson   Strings,Group Member
Rebecca Lynch   Strings,Group Member
Martha McCrory   Strings,Group Member
Ralph Molina   Drums,Vocals
Farrell Morris   Percussion,Group Member
Spooner Oldham   Organ,Piano,Group Member
Bill Peterson   Flugelhorn
Greg Reeves   Bass
Rick Rosas   Bass
Frank "Poncho" Sampedro   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Dale Sellers   Acoustic Guitar,Group Member
Jerry Shook   Acoustic Guitar,Group Member
Billy Talbot   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Dallas Taylor   Drums
Gary VanOsdale   Strings,Group Member
Carole Walker   Strings,Group Member
Danny Whitten   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Calvin Samuels   Bass
Maryanna Harvin   Strings,Group Member
George Kosmola   Strings,Group Member
Andy McMahon   Piano
Stephanie Woolf   Strings,Group Member
Larry Harvin   Strings,Group Member
Joe Osborn   Bass,Group Member
Gone With The Wind Orchestra   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Neil Young   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements,Audio Production
David Briggs   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Ben Keith   Producer
Joel Bernstein   Cover Photo
Niko Bolas   Producer,Engineer
Gary Burden   Art Direction
Chuck Cochran   String Arrangements
Bill Halverson   Engineer
David Hewitt   Engineer
Henry Lewy   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Elliot Mazer   Producer,Engineer
David McKinley   Engineer
Tim Mulligan   Producer,Engineer
John Nowland   Engineer
Elliot Roberts   Director
Henry Saskowski   Engineer
Jeff Blackburn   Composer
Kendall Pacios   Producer
Jenice Heo   Art Direction
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young   Producer,Audio Production
Harry Sitam   Engineer
Volume Dealers   Producer

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4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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dasNJ More than 1 year ago
I didn't have any Neil Young albums even though I like to listen to his songs. This is a very comprehensive album with great music and lyrics. He has a very unique sound that is very compelling.
MTLEHMER More than 1 year ago
Everybody has an album that they identify with a certain part of their lives. For me, "Hotel California" pretty much sums up my first marriage. But this album of greatest hits by Neil Young, which spans the years 1969-1991, could be the soundtrack for most of my life. The simple chords and long (marijuana induced?) guitar riffs of "Down by the River," "Cowgirl in the Sand," and "Cinnamon Girl" conjure up memories of the garage bands I hung out with in high school. "Ohio" from the CSNY days never fails to take me back to Cleveland when I was deeply involved in the anti war movement and had friends at Kent State. The fuzzy metallic feedback on "Hey Hey, My My" from "Rust Never Sleeps" sums up my hard partying 30's with the lyrics " it's better to burn out, than to fade away." " Rockin' in the Free World" is an anthem for the late 80's as we coped with the homeless problem caused by Regan's cutting off the economic safety nets for the poor and Bush I was ushering the nation into the Middle East with the Gulf War; "1000 points of light for the homeless man," " a kinder, gentler machine gun hand." Finally, as I mellow into my 50's, "Old Man," "Heart of Gold" and particularly "Harvest Moon" are bittersweet and I can't help singing along on harmony.
bigtime More than 1 year ago
I thought I was in high school again. What a neat feeling. It compliments any mood you may be experiencing! Kind of like that time in our lives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Neil is in a class of his own. To say you can put his greatest hits in 1 cd is kind of silly, but there are some very good "safe" songs here. Songs missing are Thrasher, Sail Away, Little thing called love, and Opera Star to name a few. Neil is good no matter what. Give it a try. He has a very eclectic style, which has his listeners wondering what is next! Wish they would branch out a little bit....
kittikat143 More than 1 year ago
I was looking forward to a cd with ALL of Neil Young's greatest hits... This is it!
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