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Friday, 15 February 2019

Neil Young classics: "After the Goldrush" - 1970, VIDEO

Ronnie Van Zant: “We wrote ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ as a joke. We didn’t even think about it.  The words just came out that way.  We just laughed like hell and said ‘Ain’t that funny. We love Neil Young.  We love his music.” Although I think the general idea and intention, not to mention the music, behind “Southern Man” and “Alabama” is good, I agree with what Neil Young later said: “I don’t like my words…they are accusatory and condescending…not fully thought out…too easy to misconstrue”.

Neil Young - Southern Man

RockkkV2 Published on 8 Sep 2010

"Southern Man"

Southern man, better keep your head.
Don't forget what your good book said.
Southern change gonna come at last.
Now your crosses are burning fast.

Southern man.

I saw cotton and I saw black.
Tall white mansions and little shacks.
Southern man, when will you pay them back?

I heard screamin' and bullwhips cracking.
How long? How long?

Southern man, better keep your head.
Don't forget what your good book said.
Southern change gonna come at last.
Now your crosses are burning fast.

Southern man.

Lily Belle, your hair is golden brown.
I've seen your black man comin' round.
Swear by God, I'm gonna cut him down!

I heard screamin' and bullwhips cracking.
How long? How long?

So-called "music critics" always kill me. What's the point of writing a bad review anyway? Especially when, years later the album was recognised by albums sales [and copycat versions of songs on it] as being one of the most popular albums of all time? 


from Wiki: 


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone5/5 stars[12]
Robert ChristgauA+[13]
Critics were not immediately impressed; the 1970 review in Rolling Stone magazine by Langdon Winner [prize schmock...ed.] was negative, with Winner feeling that, "none of the songs here rise above the uniformly dull surface."[14] Critical reaction has improved with time; by 1975, Rolling Stone was referring to the album as a "masterpiece",[15] and Gold Rush is now considered a classic album in Young's recording career.[16]"


"After the Goldrush" - the single:

"After The Goldrush" lyrics:

Well, I dreamed I saw the knights in armor coming,
Saying something about a queen.
There were peasants singing and drummers drumming,
And the archer split the tree.

There was a fanfare blowing to the sun
That was floating on the breeze.

Look at Mother Nature on the run
In the nineteen seventies.
Look at Mother Nature on the run
In the nineteen se

I was lying in a burned out basement
With the full moon in my eyes.
I was hoping for replacement
When the sun burst through the sky.

There was a band playing in my head,
And I felt like getting high.

I was thinking about what a friend had said.
I was hoping it was a lie.
Thinking about what a friend ha
d said.
I was hoping it was a lie.

Well, I dreamed I saw the silver space ships flying
In the yellow haze of the sun.
There were children crying and colors flying
All around the chosen ones.

All in a dream, all in a dream
The loading had begun.

Flying Mother Nature's silver seed to a new home in the sun.
Flying Mother Nature's silver seed to a new home.

Neil Young has reportedly said about the meaning of this song, "Hell, I don't know. I just wrote it. It just depends on what I was taking at the time. I guess every verse has something different I'd taken."
"After the Gold Rush" also appears on the 1977 triple "Decade" album, 1979 "Live Rust", and 2004 "Greatest Hits" albums.
Linda RonstadtDolly Parton and Emmylou Harris made a very successful cover version of this song for their "Trio II" album in 1999. They even received a Grammy award for their effort.
Neil Young has been changing the lyric "In the nineteen seventies" during live performances. Now he sings "In the twenty first century".
"After the Goldrush" - the album

After The Goldrush - Neil Young - [nearly full album]

Some tracks unavailable thru copyright bs

Misguided Angel Published on 25 Jun 2012

2:59 Tell Me Why - Neil Young 3:47 After The Goldrush - Neil Young Misguided Angel 3:09 Only Love Can Break Your Heart - Neil Young
Southern Man - Neil Young Misguided Angel 1:21 Till The Morning Comes - Neil Young 3:51 Oh, Lonesome Me - Neil Young 2:58 Don't Let It Bring You Down - Neil Young 2:34 Birds - Neil Young 4:06 When You Dance I Can Really Love - Neil Young 3:28 I Believe In You - Neil Young 1:34 Cripple Creek Ferry - Neil Young Vocals: Steven Stills
. Band Member: Susan Young Bass Guitar: Billy Talbot Bass Guitar: Greg Reeves Drums: Ralph Molina Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Producer, Vocals: Neil Young Piano: Nils Lofgren Producer: David Briggs Writer: Neil Young

After the Gold Rush


"After the Gold Rush" is a song written, composed, and performed by Neil Young and is the title song from the 1970 album of the same name. In addition to After the Gold Rush, it also appears on Decade, Greatest Hits,and Live Rust.
The song consists of three verses which move forward in time from the past (a medieval celebration), to the present (the singer lying in a burned out basement), and, finally, the future (the "chosen ones" flying away in silver spaceships). On the original recording, in addition to Young's vocals, two instruments are used in the song: a piano and a french horn. The french horn solo in the middle of the song is often replaced by a harmonica solo by Young in live performances. The line "Look at Mother Nature on the run / In the 1970s" has been amended by Young in concert over the decades and is currently sung as "Look at Mother Nature on the run / in the 21st century."

Cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered numerous times. In 1973, it was interpreted by Prelude, whose a capella version was a top 40 hit all over the globe, especially the United Kingdom where it re-charted in the Top 40 in 1982. Other versions have been performed by artists such as Thom Yorkek.d. langThe Flaming LipsThe King's SingersMichael HedgesNena, and Natalie MerchantLinda RonstadtDolly Parton, and Emmylou Harris included it on their smash Trio IIalbum in 1999 and were awarded a Grammy for their version. (Parton also released a solo version of the song in 1996, though her version altered the line "I felt like getting high" to "I felt like I could cry" with the permission of Neil Young.) During Radiohead's 2003 and 2012 world tours, Thom Yorke occasionally played this song solo, usually segueing into "Everything in Its Right Place." Patti Smith included it on her 2012 album, Banga. The song has also been covered in live shows by Tori AmosDave MatthewsNeil Finn during Crowded House's 2007 tour of the United States, and by Nana Mouskouri during her 1970s BBC show.
Dolly Parton once commented about the making of her version of the song: "When we were doing the Trio album, I asked Linda and Emmy what it meant, and they didn't know. So we called Neil Young, and he didn't know. We asked him, flat out, what it meant, and he said, 'Hell, I don't know. I just wrote it. It just depends on what I was taking at the time. I guess every verse has something different I'd taken.'"[1] The Trio version of the song was also released as a single, and while it received modest radio airplay, a video accompanying the song was very popular on a number of cable video outlets, including CMTBilly Corgan performed a cover version of "After the Gold Rush" on the October 16, 2017 episode of The Howard Stern Show[2]
Covered by Dolly Parton during the 2019 Grammys with Maren Morris and Miley Cyrus.[3]


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After the Gold Rush
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 19, 1970[1]
RecordedWinter 1969 – June 1970
StudioSunset Sound, Hollywood, CA
Sound City, Van Nuys, Los Angeles
Redwood Studios, Topanga, CA
ProducerNeil Young, David Briggs with Kendall Pacios
Neil Young chronology
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
After the Gold Rush
Singles from After the Gold Rush
  1. "Only Love Can Break Your Heart"
    Released: September 19, 1970, October 19, 1970 (U.S. 7" single)
  2. "When You Dance I Can Really Love"
    Released: September 19, 1970
After the Gold Rush is the third studio album by Canadian musician Neil Young, released in September 1970 on Reprise Records. It is one of four high-profile albums released by each member of folk rock collective Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in the wake of their chart-topping 1970 album Déjà VuGold Rush consists mainly of country folk music, along with the rocking "Southern Man",[4] inspired by the Dean Stockwell-Herb Bermannscreenplay After the Gold Rush.
After the Gold Rush peaked at number eight on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart; the two singles taken from the album, "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" and "When You Dance I Can Really Love", made it to number 33 and number 93 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100. Despite a mixed initial reaction, it has since appeared on a number of "greatest albums" lists.


Initial sessions were conducted with backing band Crazy Horse at Sunset Sound Studios in Los Angeles amid a short winter 1970 tour that included a well-received engagement with Steve Miller and Miles Davis at the Fillmore East. Despite the deteriorating health of rhythm guitarist Danny Whitten, the sessions yielded two released tracks, "I Believe In You" and "Oh, Lonesome Me."
Most of the album was recorded at a makeshift basement studio in Young's Topanga Canyon home during the spring with Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young bassist Greg Reeves, Crazy Horse drummer Ralph Molina and burgeoning eighteen-year-old musical prodigy Nils Lofgren of the Washington, D.C.-based band Grin on piano. The incorporation of Lofgren was a characteristically idiosyncratic decision by Young: Lofgren had not played keyboards on a regular basis prior to the sessions.[5] (Along with Jack Nitzsche, Lofgren would join an augmented Crazy Horse sans Young before enjoying success with his own group, solo cult success and a 25-year membership in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band). The Young biography Shakey[6] claims Young was intentionally trying to combine Crazy Horse and CSNY on this release, with members of the former band appearing alongside Stephen Stills (who contributed backing vocals to "Only Love Can Break Your Heart") and Reeves. The cover art is a solarized image of Young, walking past the New York University School of Law campus, passing an old woman. The picture was taken by photographer Joel Bernstein and was reportedly out of focus. It was because of this he decided to mask the blurred face by solarizing the image.[7] The photo is cropped; the original image included Young's friend and CSNY bandmate Graham Nash.[8]
Songs on the album were inspired by the Dean Stockwell-Herb Bermann screenplay for the unmade film After the Gold Rush. Young had read the screenplay and asked Stockwell if he could produce the soundtrack. Tracks that Young recalls as being written specifically for the film are "After the Gold Rush" and "Cripple Creek Ferry."[9] The script has since been lost, though has been described as "sort of an end-of-the-world movie."[10] Stockwell said of it, "I was gonna write a movie that was personal, a Jungian self-discovery of the gnosis... it involved the Kabala (sic), it involved a lot of arcane stuff."[10]
According to the Neil Young ArchivesAfter the Gold Rush was released on September 19, 1970.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone5/5 stars[12]
Robert ChristgauA+[13]
Critics were not immediately impressed; the 1970 review in Rolling Stone magazine by Langdon Winner was negative, with Winner feeling that, "none of the songs here rise above the uniformly dull surface."[14] Critical reaction has improved with time; by 1975, Rolling Stone was referring to the album as a "masterpiece",[15] and Gold Rush is now considered a classic album in Young's recording career.[16]


After the Gold Rush has appeared on a number of greatest albums lists. In 1998 Q magazine readers voted After the Gold Rush the 89th greatest album of all time. It was ranked 92nd in a 2005 survey held by British television's Channel 4 to determine the 100 greatest albums of all time. In 2003, Rolling Stone named the album the 71st greatest album of all time, his highest ranking on this list. Pitchfork listed it 99th on their 2004 list of the "Top 100 Albums of the 1970s".[17] In 2006, Time Magazine listed it as one of the 'All-TIME 100 Albums'.[18] It was ranked third in Bob Mersereau's 2007 book The Top 100 Canadian Albums. Its follow-up album, Harvest, was named the greatest Canadian album of all time in that book. In 2005, Chart Magazine readers placed it fifth on a poll of the best Canadian Albums. In 2002, Blender Magazine named it the 86th greatest "American" album. New Musical Express named it the 80th greatest album of all time in 2003.[19] The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[20]
The GuardianUnited Kingdom100 Best Albums Ever[21]199747


After the Gold Rush was remastered and released on HDCD-encoded CD and digital download on July 14, 2009 as part of the Neil Young Archives Original Release Series. The remaster has been released on vinyl and a high-resolution digital version on Blu-ray disc is also planned although a release date for this format has not yet been announced.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Neil Young, except where noted.
Side one
1."Tell Me Why"2:54
2."After the Gold Rush"3:45
3."Only Love Can Break Your Heart"3:05
4."Southern Man"5:31
5."Till the Morning Comes"1:17
Side two
6."Oh, Lonesome Me"Don Gibson3:47
7."Don't Let It Bring You Down"2:56
9."When You Dance I Can Really Love"4:05
10."I Believe in You"3:24
11."Cripple Creek Ferry"1:34



Weekly charts[edit]

1970Billboard Pop Albums8


1970"Only Love Can Break Your Heart"Billboard Pop Singles33
1971"When You Dance I Can Really Love"Billboard Pop Singles93


RIAA – USGoldNovember 2, 1970
RIAA – USPlatinumOctober 13, 1986
RIAA – US2× PlatinumOctober 13, 1986
BPI – UK2× PlatinumNovember 12, 2004


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 29, 2013. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  2. ^ Richie Unterberger (February 20, 2014). Jingle Jangle Morning: Folk-Rock in the 1960s. BookBaby. p. 1089. ISBN 978-0-9915892-1-0.
  3. ^ Robert Christgau (November 15, 1998). Grown Up All Wrong: 75 Great Rock and Pop Artists from Vaudeville to Techno. Harvard University Press. p. 470. ISBN 978-0-674-44318-1.
  4. Jump up to:a b William, Ruhlmann. After the Gold Rush at AllMusic. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  5. ^ du Lac, J. Freedom (October 8, 2008). "Six Questions (And Then Some) For ... Nils Lofgren"The Washington Post. Retrieved March 24, 2009.
  6. ^ McDonough, JimmyShakey: Neil Young's Biography. New York: Random House Inc., 2002
  7. ^ "After the Gold Rush - Album Cover Location"Popspotsnyc.com.
  8. ^ "Photographic image" (JPG)Alancook.files.wordpress.com. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  9. ^ McDonough, Jimmy (2003). Shakey: Neil Young's Biography. Anchor Books. p. 332. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  10. Jump up to:a b McDonough, Jimmy (2003). Shakey: Neil Young's Biography. Anchor Books. p. 331. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  11. ^ Richardson, Mark (December 11, 2009). "Review: After the Gold Rush"Pitchfork. Retrieved April 12, 2012.
  12. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (September 13, 2017). "The New Rolling Stone Album Guide". Simon and Schuster – via Google Books.
  13. ^ Christgau, Robert"Review of After the Gold Rush". Retrieved April 12,2012.
  14. ^ Winner, Langdon (October 15, 1970). "After The Gold Rush; Album Reviews; Rolling Stone"Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  15. ^ Marsh, Dave (August 28, 1975). "Neil Young: Tonight's the Night". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
  16. ^ Mar, Alex (April 4, 2005). "Young suffers aneurysm". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 19, 2008.
  17. ^ Pitchfork Staff (June 23, 2004). "The 100 Best Albums of the 1970s"Pitchfork. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  18. ^ "The All-TIME 100 Albums: After the Gold Rush by Neil Young – TIME Magazine – ALL-TIME 100 Albums"Time. November 2, 2006. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
  19. ^ "Acclaimed Music"Acclaimedmusic.net.
  20. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (7 February 2006). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 0-7893-1371-5.
  21. ^ "The Guardian 100 Best Albums Ever List, 1997". rocklistmusic.co.uk. Retrieved March 13, 2012.

External links[edit]

Official Release Series Discs 1 - 4

i bet Michael liked it...