On the Beach

On the Beach

by Neil YoungNeil Young


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Following the 1973 Time Fades Away tour, Neil Young wrote and recorded an Irish wake of a record called Tonight's the Night and went on the road drunkenly playing its songs to uncomprehending listeners and hostile reviewers. Reprise rejected the record, and Young went right back and made On the Beach, which shares some of the ragged style of its two predecessors. But where Time was embattled and Tonight mournful, On the Beach was savage and, ultimately, triumphant. "I'm a vampire, babe," Young sang, and he proceeded to take bites out of various subjects: threatening the lives of the stars who lived in L.A.'s Laurel Canyon ("Revolution Blues"); answering back to Lynyrd Skynyrd, whose "Sweet Home Alabama" had taken him to task for his criticisms of the South in "Southern Man" and "Alabama" ("Walk On"); and rejecting the critics ("Ambulance Blues"). But the barbs were mixed with humor and even affection, as Young seemed to be emerging from the grief and self-abuse that had plagued him for two years. But the album was so spare and under-produced, its lyrics so harrowing, that it was easy to miss Young's conclusion: he was saying goodbye to despair, not being overwhelmed by it.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/19/2003
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0093624849728
catalogNumber: 48497
Rank: 1201

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Neil Young   Primary Artist,Banjo,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Wurlitzer
Crosby & Nash   Rhythm Guitar
Graham Nash   Vocals,Wurlitzer
Rick Danko   Bass
Rusty Kershaw   Fiddle,Guitar,Violin,Slide Guitar
Ben Keith   Organ,Bass,Dobro,Guitar,Drums,Steel Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,Wurlitzer,Hand Drums
David Crosby   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Tim Drummond   Bass,Percussion,Drums
Levon Helm   Drums
Ralph Molina   Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Drums
Billy Talbot   Bass
George Whitsell   Guitar
Joe Yankee   Bass,Harp,Tambourine

Technical Credits

Neil Young   Producer,Art Direction,Audio Production
David Briggs   Producer,Audio Production
Rusty Kershaw   Liner Notes
Gary Burden   Art Direction,Repackaging
Mark Henry Harman   Producer
Schmitt   Producer,Audio Production
Mark Harman   Audio Production
Jenice Heo   Repackaging
Gary Burdon   Art Direction

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