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After the Gold Rush

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Neil Young 7/7/1987

Review

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. ~ William Ruhlmann
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Tell Me Why Neil Young 2:57
  3. 2 After the Gold Rush Neil Young 3:46
  4. 3 Only Love Can Break Your Heart Neil Young 3:7
  5. 4 Southern Man Neil Young 5:31
  6. 5 Till the Morning Comes Neil Young 1:15
  7. 6 Oh, Lonesome Me Neil Young 3:48
  8. 7 Don't Let It Bring You Down Neil Young 2:56
  9. 8 Birds Neil Young 2:33
  10. 9 When You Dance You Can Really Love Neil Young 3:44
  11. 10 I Believe in You Neil Young 3:26
  12. 11 Cripple Creek Ferry Neil Young 1:32

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