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Number 295

Neil Young - After the Goldrush (Reprise Records RS 6383)

The third solo album by Canadian singer songwriter Neil Young, was released almost simultaneously with albums by the other three members of his then band, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, yet this LP is the most memorable. Crosby Stills Nash and Young had just scored a worldwide hit with the album Deja Vu and had made a successful appearance at the Woodstock Festival the year before. The album was written and recorded in just three weeks after a period of writer's block and was hugely influenced by a screenplay Young had recently read written by the actor Dean Stockwell for a potential film project to be directed by Dennis Hopper. Although the film was never made, Young decided to use these songs on this album his record company was urging him to produce, which also included the one cover, Don Gibson's Oh Lonesome Me. Had the movie been made, we might have had a clearer idea of the actual meaning of the title song. Years later, we're still puzzled by the lyrics of the song, although the song as a whole, which is essentially a couple of minutes of Young's unmistakable voice and piano accompaniment, lifted towards the end by Bill Peterson's sorrowful flugelhorn, is possibly as good as it gets.