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Proclaiming his intentions with "Are You Ready for the Country?" Young detoured briefly to the Nashville mainstream. On this No. 1 1972 album, even the singer's acquired-taste voice comes across smooth and beautiful--the smash "Heart of Gold," with steel guitars and Linda Ronstadt's backup vocals, is by far Young's most commercial-sounding song. His usual dissonant touches, like the otherworldly guitar in "Out on the Weekend," are less spooky in this new context. The last two tracks, the deceptively gentle "The Needle and the Damage Done" and the hypnotic rocker "Words (Between the Lines of Age)," predict "Tonight's the Night," Young's haunted 1975 classic. --Steve Knopper

Japanese only SHM-CD (Super High Material CD - playable on all CD players) pressing. Warner.

Customer Reviews:

  • Peace & Love
    The early 70s were a time when college students and/or hippies tried to create a time of peace and love. Our country watched images of suffering in Vietnam every night. We had to believe we would make our own new world. Music, marijuana, and torn up bell bottoms gave us an identity and the BEAUTIFUL harmonies drew you into the dream. Sweet music and lyrics talked about a "Heart of Gold", stirring the soul like music has never done since that time.A unique sound for a unique time....more info
  • Many stand out, but some fall down
    3 1/2

    There is no doubt at least some of this album achieves its classic rock status easily, but only the handful of songs, most of those already hits, stand out as truly masterful against lesser composed fare. ...more info
  • Neil Young made History with Harvest.
    "Dream up, dream up,
    let me fill your cup
    With the promise of a man."

    This was one on the first albums I ever bought, and it remains a favorite. Harvest is Neil Young's signature album with his distinctive folk-esque acoustic guitar and harmonica, and his deeply personal lyrics. Backed by "The Stray Gators," a group of country session musicians including Ben Keith on pedal steel guitar, Kenny Buttrey on drums, Tim Drummond on bass, and Jack Nitzsche on piano and slide guitar, along with backing vocals by James Taylor, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Linda Ronstadt, and Stephen Stills, Neil made history with Harvest. The album resulted in three hit singles, "Heart of Gold," "Old Man," and "The Needle and the Damage Done." The complete album setlist includes:

    1. Out On The Weekend (Album Version) (4:35)
    2. Harvest (Album Version) (3:11)
    3. A Man Needs A Maid (Album Version) (4:05)
    4. Heart Of Gold (Album Version) (3:07)
    5. Are You Ready For The Country (Album Version) (3:23)
    6. Old Man (Album Version) (3:22)
    7. There's A World (Album Version) (2:59)
    8. Alabama (Album Version) (4:02)
    9. The Needle And The Damage Done (Album Version) (2:10)
    10. Words (Between The Lines Of Age) (Album Version) (6:40)

    G. Merritt...more info
  • Worthy of its reputation
    Sometimes some records are so popular to speak of them or actually listen to them becomes sort of a cliche of itself. However, when looked at in retrospect, certain records got to that point of (almost obnoxious) popularity for a reason. That reason being that the record was so damn good to begin with. Such is the case here. A classic in every sense of the word....more info
  • Masterpiece... except the orchestra
    This album would definitely be one of top five albums of all-time and be flawless... but there is one flaw. The orchestra playing in two of the songs. I'm sorry but that was a mistake....more info
  • Five stars EXCEPT for his 'voice'!!
    This is one of Neil Young's best -- if NOT the best. If the
    listener can 'get past' his whiny voice, it's a winner!!!...more info
  • Overrated, but still a classic!
    This is Neil Young's best selling album, and considered his best album by many of his fans. The album hit the number one spot shortly after its release in Februrary of 1972, and was the best selling album that year. Harvest contains some of Neil's most renouned soungs including, "Hart of Gold," "Old Man," and "The Needle and the Damage Done." Neil Young is by far one of my favorite musicians, however I don't believe this was Neil's best album, contrary to popular opinion. Some of the tracks, especially "Hart of Gold," just got worn out on the radio stations, and some of the best songs released on the album; "Alabama," "Words (Between the Lines of Age)" and the title track, were often ignored. I would say this is one of Neil's most overrated albums, but I would still highly recomend it to anyone interested in Neil Young's music. To me, the album doesn't come close to some of his other works like "Harvest Moon," "Rust Never Sleeps," and "After the Goldrush," but I would most certianly put it above some of his later material like "Trans" or "Freedom." Reguardless to the over-publicity the album may have recieved, it will always remain one of Neil Young's most poetic, creative, and artistic albums....more info
  • oh yes
    This is one of the best cd's I have ever bought. I was looking through some of my dads old vinyl and came across this masterpiece. I HAD to get the cd. It's timeless. Simply amazing. Every music lover should have this album. I could listen to it over and over again. BRILLIANT
    Thank you Neil Young...more info
  • not bad, but a couple of musical missteps
    HARVEST is considered on of Young's best albums. This is only the third album I've purchased of his, so I am not qualified to agree or disagree with that statement. The album on it's own is quite good, but I do have to knock a couple of stars off for a couple of musical mistakes.

    Mistake #1: Actually, this is a lyrical, not musical mistake. The lyrics to "A Man Needs A Maid." The sexism is not subtle and very off-putting. The music itself is fantastic, but the lyrics can't be ignored. I wonder if he meant this tongue in cheek, but the song is presented so sincerely it doesn't sound like a joke.

    Mistake #2: "There's A World." Not a great song and musically speaking it doesn't fit with the rest of the album which is more country rock based. I realize "Maid" was also recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra, but the lyrics, vile as they are, fit in better with the overall mood of the record.

    Overall, this really doesn't sound like country music at all. In fact, "Are You Ready For The Country?" sounds like a blues rock stomper as opposed to any kind of country music I've ever heard.

    Sounds like a typical Neil Young record to me. It's a classic. I don't know if it deserves to be, but it's good....more info

  • A Timless CLASSIC
    Back in 1972 this was never off my turntable with the likes off Led Zep IV and Electric Warrior Trex.All great albums and all different. All tracks on Harvest are good but the combination of tracks make this the classic album it is. Today we have DVD A and this has been transferred to that format. I would like to see it transferred to SACD. The present CD lets it down with a bad digital transfer. All of the classics that have stood the test of time should be given transferred to SACD. I'm only talking Classic albums. Theres a lot of garbage out there that does not deserve the treatment.So for music this gets 95% and the present day CD gets 60% for recording.In fact I wouldnt reccomend buying this untill its either been remastered using HDCD or DSD on an SACD. If you have a DVD A player try the DVD A version but I'm hoping SACD will eventually become the true audiophile standard due to the fact it sounds better....more info
  • Laid Back Country Rock
    This album reminds me of a southern fried version of Syd Barrett's Madcap Laughs. The songs bounce lazily along taking time and reflecting on life and the past and what is to come. This is definitley a must for any rock or country fan because there is a nice helping of both. This is one of Young's most commercial and accessible albums. This is a good into to Young's music. Ragged Glory is the exact opposite of this album so I reccomend any new comers to pick up both to see a full view of Young's styles. Anyways good album, highly reccomended....more info
  • A Real Bumper Harvest!

    "Harvest", Neil Young's fourth album (1972), and commercial success at that. Still, for a supposedly commercial album it has some of the most harrowing, personal, and emotional lyrics I have heard to date (this is something that comes with much of Neil Young's work, and it's that side of him that I like best).
    Perhaps the best example of this is "A Man Needs a Maid", a song of isolation and lonliness. In honesty, I didn't used to like this one- long, slow, and those long notes during the refrain really used to bug me for some reason. But now, the more I listen the more I dig; the orchestration is a masterpiece (and I don't care how many people say it's overproduced, saying that about ANY song is, in my opinion, idiotic, since it obvious pleased the artist enough for him to release it as it was), and the lyrics, if not his best, are so personal and touching that I hate to knock the song, even if it isn't one of his VERY best. It's just a wonderful piece of expressive work. Easily at 4/5 level on its own.
    Other highlights, are Harvest (another one it took a me a little while to appreciate, but it really does have a poignant message about loneliness and love), Out on the Weekend, which, again, has grown amazingly on me, the classic Heart of Gold, Old Man, the fun Are You Ready for the Country?, and even Words (Between the Lines of Age). The rest: I like the tune and the political points in Alabama but I wasn't aroudn then, and I don't know enough to appreciate it fully; Needle... is great, just not at the same level as others,and There's a World, is one that, personally, I'm still attempting to penetrate (and I feel close), but either way, the biblical-sounding orchestra (did actually quote parts of this, or all for that matter, from the bible, say, one of the Old Testaent profits, just curious?) is, for once, just a tad much.
    All in all, however, this is a great album, 4/5. Not necessarily his best, but great nonetheless. Enjoy; this sounds just as "Young" as it did years ago!...more info
  • JAPAN REMASTERED VERSION AVAILABLE

    A while back, Warner Brothers Japan re-released 12 Neil Young titles. The surprise was that remastered content appeared for the first time on most of them.

    The titles & WB-Japan catalog numbers are:

    Neil Young WPCR-75086
    Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere WPCR-75087
    After The Gold Rush WPCR-75088
    Harvest WPCR-75089
    On The Beach WPCR-75090
    Tonight's The Night WPCR-75091
    Zuma WPCR-75092
    Long May You Run WPCR-75093
    American Stars n' Bars WPCR-75094
    Comes A Time WPCR-75095
    Rust Never Sleeps WPCR-75096
    Live Rust WPCR-75097

    I picked up most of these, A/B'd them, and found them to be superior to the domestics. However, having purchased the domestic 2002 remasters of "Beach" and "Stars n Bars", I declined the Japan versions of those two titles.

    Unfortunately, while the Japan version is remastered, Live Rust is not restored to the original LP's running form, and remains still the bastardized version.

    If you own the U.S. versions, and you're a NY fan, I would seriously consider replacing them with these....more info
  • A Little Part Of This In Everyone
    The first time I listened to Harvest was on an 8-track player in a funky `ole green Gremlin while driving a lonely back road across the Santa Ynez Mountains. I felt every note, each torment and smile Neil Young offered. Thirty four years later the Harvest album is downloaded on the home computer, the IPOD and is regularly played on the car's CD. Sure enough the Gremlin died, but the era of Neil Young's Harvest has no time limit; evoking all the old pain and joy no matter the time, day or format. It is a classic that remains fresh.





    ...more info
  • A Real Bumper Harvest!

    "Harvest", Neil Young's fourth album (1972), and commercial success at that. Still, for a supposedly commercial album it has some of the most harrowing, personal, and emotional lyrics I have heard to date (this is something that comes with much of Neil Young's work, and it's that side of him that I like best).
    Perhaps the best example of this is "A Man Needs a Maid", a song of isolation and lonliness. In honesty, I didn't used to like this one- long, slow, and those long notes during the refrain really used to bug me for some reason. But now, the more I listen the more I dig; the orchestration is a masterpiece (and I don't care how many people say it's overproduced, saying that about ANY song is, in my opinion, idiotic, since it obvious pleased the artist enough for him to release it as it was), and the lyrics, if not his best, are so personal and touching that I hate to knock the song, even if it isn't one of his VERY best. It's just a wonderful piece of expressive work. Easily at 4/5 level on its own.
    Other highlights, are Harvest (another one it took a me a little while to appreciate, but it really does have a poignant message about loneliness and love), Out on the Weekend, which, again, has grown amazingly on me, the classic Heart of Gold, Old Man, the fun Are You Ready for the Country?, and even Words (Between the Lines of Age). The rest: I like the tune and the political points in Alabama but I wasn't aroudn then, and I don't know enough to appreciate it fully; Needle... is great, just not at the same level as others,and There's a World, is one that, personally, I'm still attempting to penetrate (and I feel close), but either way, the biblical-sounding orchestra (did actually quote parts of this, or all for that matter, from the bible, say, one of the Old Testaent profits, just curious?) is, for once, just a tad much.
    All in all, however, this is a great album, 4/5. Not necessarily his best, but great nonetheless. Enjoy; this sounds just as "Young" as it did years ago!...more info
  • A good album for beginners.
    This was the first Neil Young album I listened to, and I now plan on getting the first 3 albums now. There's a sort of laidback feel to the album, minus the overblown orchastrated songs like There's A World. This also is Neil's most popular albun, with the hits 'Heart Of Gold,' 'Old Man,' and 'Needle And The Damage Done,' all 3 of those songs ranking among Neil's best. The Stray Gators are a great backing band, yet they lack the roughness of Crazy Horse. No matter, this isn't a real rocking album. However, for fans of Neil's rock songs, there is the anti-redneck 'Alabama' and the sloppy 'Words.' A good album, with only one song being bad....more info
  • DVD-Audio Review
    HARVEST is my favourite Neil Young album and I'm always recommending it to people for it's musical brilliance. I think many people that reviewed the disc have already touched on the music so I thought I'd just let you know what the DVD-Audio is like in comparrison....

    IT BLEW ME AWAY!!!! Having just bought a new DVD-Audio/SACD player I couldn't wait until I recieved this disc in the mail. I put it in and the surround sound mix was just amazing!

    Its got so much body to the music, and hearing it in 5.1 is a new experience in itself. Being surrounded by steely guitars and Neils voice (they duplicate his voice between Centre, Back Right and Back Left channels, but it's quite good that way!). The stereo mix is only a 96Khz (not 192 as some stereo DVD-Audios are) so I was worried I wasnt going to get the full product, but the music is so great at 96Khz you're not ganna hear me complain!

    The disc also features two interviews recorded at the barn they recorded in. There is one with Neil Young and tho it's not really informative it's kinda interesting seeing Neil in his young state just chatting away.

    So is it worth it? Hell yes! I can't wait for more DVD-Audios from Neil....look out for ON THE BEACH, RE-ACTOR and more already listed on Amazon.com...more info

  • Great Album!!
    If you are going to get one of Neil's older albums, this is the one to choose. A good variety of melody and meaning!!...more info
  • honestly One of the best albums I can think of
    (...)

    "Man Needs a Maid" is in fact not a sexist song but like much of Neil's work, misunderstood and slightly obscure. It might be better to refrain from critiuqueing it till you are more familiar with this artist.
    Neil was in severe back pain as I understand it, during the writing of this album. (I think this was around the time he met Carey Snodgrass) He spent a good deal of time in bed and although I could be wrong about this, this might explain both why he does not use an electric guitar much(back pain) and why I suspect the use of something like a drum machine in the writing (this is only speculation). The album is exelently heald together by a consistant and simple heavy drum section.
    Young is also an epileptic (as am I ) there are lyrics in "man Needs a Maid like -"my life is changin in so many ways- dont know who to trust anymore" that mirror my felings about the alienation and fear epilepsy's changes can bring on. It is shortsighted to think this song is about manipulating women. One of its best versions (off Rock and Roll Cowboy) ends "a man feels afraid"
    Niel young doesnt always want you to know what he's writing about and he sertianly does not give a damn if you happen to know ( or misinturpret for that matter). There is however a common thread of humanity losely defined and aplicable to all our lives in almost all of his songs.
    If you get to short sighted about interpreting a song like "Man needs a Maid" you lose out on something.
    For those that boil things down to whether or not statements fall into a feminist or anti feminist catigory I feel sorry for you I can only think that real artists could care less and are more conserned with writing the truth of how they feel - sometimes a man does feel this way...more info

  • Younger's Finest
    Neil Young is arguably one of the most influential musicians of this century. He has been an outstanding contributer to the way music is performed and written.
    I am a die-hard fan, and its especially enhanced by the fact that he spent a good portion of his life in Winnipeg, my home town. Having spent the first fifteen years of my life there, I have grown to have a major appreciation of Young's messages and ideas, many of which, I believe have been shaped by Winnipeg.
    Harvest is among the most brilliant of his albums, but is by far and away, the best. Careful thought and time went into this album, and the songs are particularly beautiful, angry and sweet. Its a mixture of self-conflict, as well as acknowledgment and opinion on the social conflict during the time it was written.
    All in all, this album is dope, and its one that is impossible to tire of. I'd recommend this album to anyone.
    ...more info
  • Neil is great!
    This earlier album is one of the best. Buy it for your collection....more info
  • Harvest.
    It's very easy to become addicted to Neil Young's work, he has one of the most beautifully expressive voices in all of rock music and his songwriting grew by leaps and bounds, especially in the 70's. While many cite "Harvest" as his best work, it's impossible to catergorize it that simply without hearing all of his output. Young has created a non-stop stream of classic LP's from 1969 to the present and his musical development is evident on each release. Tracks like "Old Man", "Out On The Weekend", "Words" and my personal fave "The Needle and The Damage Done" follow simple, similar patterns and give the album a consistent, cohesive feel that deepens with each listen. While commercially successful, this is not mere product and still stands up as a satisfying work of art more than 30 years after it came out. Defines "Classic Rock"....more info
  • Wow!
    Wow! This was a really good album. I heard 'Old Man' on the radio and it reminded me of my old man and I had to have this album. I bought it and wasnt expecting much but I came to find that this is one of the best albums I have ever heard in my whole life! There isnt a weak track on this recorded. But at times you cant hear the vocals, On some songs the recordeing is really bad, but they songs and lyrics are really good once you get passed all that. Neil Young is a great songsmith as well as a guitar player I think he is really underrated in both respects. "Needle And The Damage Done' is one of the best songs ever written period! 'Heart Of Gold' was Youngs biggest songs to date. 'Alabama' is another stand out track because Young was from Canada he thinks he knows about the south but he really has no clue! But other then that you should love this album it is a classic and some including me conceder this to be Neils best album ever....more info
  • It Earns My Respect
    As a whole, I am sort of lukewarm towards the music of Neil Young. I find his voice to warble out of key on a semi-regular basis. Many of his songs drag a bit as well.

    However, on Harvest the listening experience is consistently and surprising pleasant. Young wrote many simple melodies that work well within his vocal short comings. Heck Neil even hits a few pleasant tones in his voice particularly on the London Symphony Orchestra backed tracks, There's A World and A Man Needs A Maid. The country embellishments on Old Man, Heart of Gold, and Are You Ready For The Country work very well. The rock n roll numbers fit in quite nicely too.

    Whereas I will never be a card carrying Neil Young fan, I can certainly recognize the beauty in the varied arrangements on this collection. Like the heading says, it earns my respect and a four star rating!...more info

  • You Really Should Own This Album By Now.................!!!!
    Neil young - "Harvest" (country-rock, Folk-rock): For such an enduring artist, It must have come as some surprise that after several albums that performed modestly at retail, that it was his 1972 commercial breakthrough album "Harvest", that proved Neil Young with his widest audience, and (irrespective, of peoples personal preference) the album that most people generally refer to in reference to his prolific career.

    Accompanied for two songs by the London Symphony Orchestra, Neil sets the tone for an mixture of Country-Rock / Folk-rock , that (with the aid of an Electric Guitar on the majority of songs) would upset the Country Purists, but gain him a massive new fan base. "Out on the Weekend", although setting the mood firmly in the melancholic tent, would prove to be an truly endearing start to the album, bringing with it, the bruised lyric of "The woman I'm thinking of, she loved me all up, But I'm so down today, She's so fine, she's in my mind. I hear her callin". The instrumentation of brushed drum and simple guitar chords showed a more personal side to Neil Young songwriting, and all the better for it.

    "Harvest" will be familiar to most in one form or another, and is ultimately (with good reason) one of Neil's most popular songs, the country twang of the guitar could almost transport most listeners to the middle of Nashville, and it's a sterling performance by Neil backing band, subtle & Rustic, and only to be outdone by the depth of world-weary emotion in Neil voice musing "Did I see you down in a young girl's town, With your other in so much pain? I was almost there at the top of the stairs with her screamin' in the rain". Proved that not only could Neil prove himself to be a bittersweet singer of some description, but he had a songwriting prowess that was the equal of his peers.

    "A Man Needs a Maid" would have undoubtedly caused controversy on its release, but instead of seeing this as a misogynistic, ill-conceived view on women, it's actually a yearning for a woman that although not necessarily a partner or lover, is in some way, in part of his life, but without the emotional commitments that entering into a relationship will invariably bring. Having obviously still been smarting from a previous relationship. And seeing as this is one of the contributions of the London Symphony Orchestra, this takes on a level of poignancy that a simple guitar arrangement couldn't hope to achieve.

    "Heart of Gold" alongside "Harvest" this is almost certainly one of the most recognized tracks on this album, and it a far more upbeat affair in comparison to the previous songs, with a backing chorus that feels more folk-Rock than country, with a more wistful disposition , and a more sing-song based structure, it belies the intimate lyrics, and searching choruses ("I want to live, I want to give, I've been a miner for a heart of gold""). and justifiably deserved to be one of the most loved songs on the album by being both musically very accessible, but lyrically melancholy.

    "The Needle and the Damage done" is almost certainly, not only one the most deeply personal, but also one of the best tracks on the album. Never fearful to shy away from the debilitating effects and subsequent deaths of heroin use, this details in no unflinching manner how such activities can not only be self-destructive, but ultimately lead to the loss of close friends ("I hit the city and I lost my band, I watched the needle take another man!!"). This is Neil at his most introspective, and it's a painful song to sit through for sure, but the realization that Neil is still here to actually be able to sing about the experience, shows that there can be light at the end of the tunnel (even if you continue to still fight those demons).


    As to whether this is the Best Neil Young album, Fans will argue Whether "Harvest" or "After the Gold Rush", is his best work. But that not what this review is trying to clarify. What people entering into the world of Neil Young should be able to glean from this review, is that, this is without doubt either his finest or one of this finest album's (depending on who you speak to), and it is probably the best starting place for people new to Neil Young, because is not only shows him at one of his most creative periods (1970-1975), but remains one of the more accessible albums amongst some of Neil's more "Eclectic" offerings, this is an album that will remain in most peoples collections long after other lesser albums have been sold or given away....this is exceptional stuff....more info
  • Great album, but yes it is overrated
    This album is overrated, Neil Young is underrated. Everything that Neil Young makes is incredible, all that i'm saying by calling this album overrated is it shouldn't stand out compared to his others. Alabama is such an overlooked song....more info
  • 5.1 version especially barn-worthy
    For completists only, a noteworthy informational tidbit - the 5.1 adv res 'group' on the dvd-a runs an extra minute on the final track Words, including a nice sketchy guitar solo from our man Neil.
    On the album as a whole, the dvd-a adv res fidelity sounds incredible. So you all can now chuck out your nautilis half speed master whatever 180 gram vinyl copies. Word is that there will be 4 more Young back titles out on dvd-a (yes dvd-a) before the end of this year. I for one am already turning my LP copies into hors d'oeuvre trays (the execrable cd copies having long since reincarnated as beer coasters).
    Finally, a lasting impression of Harvest/Stray Gators on dvd-a ... More barn !!!...more info