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Neil Young 4/26/1988

Review

Given the quirkiness of Neil Young's recording career, with its frequent cancellations of releases and last-minute rearrangements of material, it is a relief to report that this two-disc compilation is so conventional and so satisfying. A 35-track selection of the best of Young's work between 1966 and 1976, it includes songs performed by Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and the Stills-Young Band, as well as solo work. In addition to five unreleased songs, Decade offers such key tracks as the Springfield's "Mr. Soul," "Broken Arrow," and "I Am a Child"; "Sugar Mountain," a song that had appeared only as a single before; "Cinnamon Girl," "Down by the River," and "Cowgirl in the Sand" from Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere; "Southern Man" and the title track from After the Gold Rush; and "Old Man" and the chart-topping "Heart of Gold" from Harvest. This is the material that built Young's reputation between 1966 and 1972, although he is more idiosyncratic with the later material, including the blockbusters "Like a Hurricane" and "Cortez the Killer" but mixing in more unreleased recordings as the set draws to a close. He seems intent on making the album a listenable one that will appeal to a broad base of fans, and he succeeds despite the exclusion of much of the harrowing work of 1973-1975. Nevertheless, the album is an ideal sampler for new listeners, and since there is no one-disc Young compilation covering any significant portion of his career, this lengthy chronicle is the place to start. ~ William Ruhlmann
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Down to the Wire Neil Young 2:24
  3. 2 Burned Neil Young 2:14
  4. 3 Mr. Soul Neil Young 2:44
  5. 4 Broken Arrow Neil Young 6:13
  6. 5 Expecting to Fly Neil Young 3:41
  7. 6 Sugar Mountain Neil Young 5:38
  8. 7 I Am a Child Neil Young 2:15
  9. 8 The Loner Neil Young 3:47
  10. 9 The Old Laughing Lady Neil Young 5:31
  11. 10 Cinnamon Girl Neil Young 2:59
  12. 11 Down by the River Neil Young 9:15
  13. 12 Cowgirl in the Sand Neil Young 9:55
  14. 13 I Believe in You Neil Young 3:24
  15. 14 After the Gold Rush Neil Young 3:45
  16. 15 Southern Man Neil Young 5:31
  17. 16 Helpless Neil Young 3:35
  18. 1 Ohio Neil Young 2:58
  19. 2 Soldier Neil Young 2:29
  20. 3 Old Man Neil Young 3:21
  21. 4 A Man Needs a Maid Neil Young 4:1
  22. 5 Harvest Neil Young 3:7
  23. 6 Heart of Gold Neil Young 3:7
  24. 7 Star of Bethlehem Neil Young 2:39
  25. 8 The Needle and the Damage Done Neil Young 2:10
  26. 9 Tonight's the Night, Pt. 1 Neil Young 4:42
  27. 10 Tired Eyes Neil Young 4:31
  28. 11 Walk On Neil Young 2:38
  29. 12 For the Turnstiles Neil Young 2:58
  30. 13 Winterlong Neil Young 3:8
  31. 14 Deep Forbidden Lake Neil Young 3:38
  32. 15 Like a Hurricane Neil Young 8:15
  33. 16 Love Is a Rose Neil Young 2:17
  34. 17 Cortez the Killer Neil Young 7:27
  35. 18 Campaigner Neil Young 3:25
  36. 19 Long May You Run Neil Young 3:47

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