Neil Young - Where to get started

Better DanBetter Dan Posts: 5,668
edited May 2011 in Other Music
I'm new to the party. I've only heard Harvest...where should I go next? What is essential? What should I avoid?

Thanks!
4/05/03, 4/06/03, 6/09/03, 10/22/03, 12/07/05, 5/16/06, 5/17/06, 5/19/06, 5/20/06, 5/22/06, 6/11/08, 6/12/08, (EV) 6/20/09, 10/04/09, 10/06/09, 10/07/09, 10/09/09, 5/03/10, 5/04/10, 5/06/10, 5/07/10, (EV) 7/11/11, (EV) 7/12/11, 9/03/11, 9/04/11, 9/30/12,
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  • Tonights the Night and On The Beach
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  • MysteryTrainMysteryTrain SingaporePosts: 1,175
    Tonights the Night and On The Beach

    Those two are essential. Also After The Gold Rush, Zuma, Comes A Time, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Ragged Glory and of course Rust Never Sleeps.
  • Better DanBetter Dan Posts: 5,668
    Tonights the Night and On The Beach

    Those two are essential. Also After The Gold Rush, Zuma, Comes A Time, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Ragged Glory and of course Rust Never Sleeps.

    Thank you! I'll start with the essential and move on the the ones MysteryTrain listed in that order. It's hard to catch up when an artist has such a large discography. 33 studio albums according to Wikipedia so I have been overwhelmed! :shock:
    4/05/03, 4/06/03, 6/09/03, 10/22/03, 12/07/05, 5/16/06, 5/17/06, 5/19/06, 5/20/06, 5/22/06, 6/11/08, 6/12/08, (EV) 6/20/09, 10/04/09, 10/06/09, 10/07/09, 10/09/09, 5/03/10, 5/04/10, 5/06/10, 5/07/10, (EV) 7/11/11, (EV) 7/12/11, 9/03/11, 9/04/11, 9/30/12,
  • morellomorello Auckland, New ZealandPosts: 6,191
    Weld, Weld, Weld! It's a live album, so not one of the core pieces I guess but I just love it. :)
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  • craigbcraigb Posts: 806
    Avoid Everybody's Rockin'.

    Also avoid Landing on Water.

    I recommend pretty much what everyone else is recommending. Make sure you check out the Live at Massey Hall '71 record. Killer live album.
    "Speak clearly if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall"

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  • morellomorello Auckland, New ZealandPosts: 6,191
    Oh & I gotta say 'Are You Passionate' kinda doesn't do it for me tbh so maybe stay away from that one until you're a die hard fan. :)

    e.t.a. Not sure if it's been said yet but I actually really like Neil's MTV Unplugged album. Another good one to check out. :)
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  • Johnny AbruzzoJohnny Abruzzo PhillyPosts: 7,343
    As (presumably) a Pearl Jam fan, Mirror Ball is absolutely essential. 8-)
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  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 28,494
    Start with the self-titled Neil Young, go to "Everybody Knows This is Nowhere" and keep going! Most are worth checking out at the very least. Even the lesser know "Time Fades Away" has some great stuff on it.

    Another idea is go with "Decade" and see what works for you in the first 10 years.
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  • LukinFanLukinFan Florida Posts: 27,655
    I'm a big fan of Le Noise
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  • pjfan021pjfan021 Posts: 684
    I like the self title, but I wouldn't reccomend that as a first buy. I'd start with everybody knows this is nowhere, harvest, after the gold rush, on the beach, zuma, tonight's the night, live rust, mirrorball, ragged glory. After that I think you'll kinda get a feeling for it.

    Neil has a lot of live stuff too, you need to check out live at massey hall. All acoustic neil and it's got a lot of songs that you might recognize (not sure how into him you are yet). Weld and rust never sleeps are also two live ones that are must haves, esp. for electric neil.

    Once you go neil, you never go back.
  • merkinballmerkinball Posts: 2,262
    Better Dan wrote:
    I'm new to the party. I've only heard Harvest...where should I go next? What is essential? What should I avoid?

    Thanks!

    Search out the 10 disc "A Perfect Echo" bootleg. Soundboard compilation of Neil tours over the years.
    "You're no help," he told the lime. This was unfair. It was only a lime; there was nothing special about it at all. It was doing the best it could.

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  • helplessdancerhelplessdancer Posts: 4,738
    LukinFan wrote:
    I'm a big fan of Le Noise

    i realize it all comes down to personal preference but i thought le noise didn't even come close to greendale or living with war(for me)

    and to the OP...i've been on board since mid 1980's and have come to realize that I'll never be "caught up"
  • dpmaydpmay Posts: 643
    i started with my father's old copies of after the gold rush and everybody knows this is nowhere and they totally got me into more...
  • guiz-pjguiz-pj Posts: 23
    If you like Harvest, the next step is After The Gold Rush. And the next step is to listen to Déjà Vu and 4 Way Street of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
  • goldrushgoldrush everybody knows this is nowherePosts: 4,711
    Start with location under my avatar
    >>>

    Then the record that gave me my user name
    >>>
    Then EVERYTHING else (even the dodgy 80s records are worth hearing once!) :D
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  • SVRDhand13SVRDhand13 NYCPosts: 24,233
    Everybody Knows This Is Nowehere and After the Gold Rush are the obvious and correct answers :D .

    Both are much better than Harvest. I would then move on to Rust Never Sleeps. Once you have heard those about 25 times each you will be ready to move on to some more :D . Skip the 80s and early 2000s for a while. I wouldn't even blame you for skipping them altogether.
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  • WWSWWS Orangeville OntarioPosts: 429
    Decade
    Rust never sleeps
    Time Fades Away.....LOL
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  • Evacuation RulesEvacuation Rules Posts: 2,162
    Better Dan wrote:
    I'm new to the party. I've only heard Harvest...where should I go next? What is essential? What should I avoid?

    Thanks!

    Everything from the 70's is good.
  • SVRDhand13SVRDhand13 NYCPosts: 24,233
    WWS wrote:
    Decade
    Rust never sleeps
    Time Fades Away.....LOL

    Time Fades Away is incredible.
    severed hand thirteen

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    2013: Brooklyn 10/18-19 Philly 10/21-22 Hartford 10/25 2014: ACL10/12 2015: NYC 9/23
    2016: Tampa 4/11 Philly 4/28-29 MSG 5/1-2 Fenway 8/5+7 2017: RRHoF 4/7
    2018: Fenway 9/2+9/4

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