Release date
1 Dec 2007
Running length
10 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Out on the Weekend 4:35 194,584
2 Harvest 3:47 200,492
3 A Man Needs a Maid 5:38 167,443
4 Heart of Gold 3:07 568,646
5 Are You Ready for the Country 3:23 55,525
6 Old Man 3:27 401,665
7 There's a World 2:59 142,225
8 Alabama 4:02 158,510
9 The Needle and the Damage Done 2:54 292,742
10 Words (Between the Lines of Age) 6:40 119,087

About this album

Harvest is an album by Neil Young, which was the best-selling album of 1972. The album featured several high calibre guests, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Linda Ronstadt, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, David Crosby and James Taylor. Harvest hit #1 on the Billboard Music Charts (North America) pop albums chart, spawning two hit singles, “Old Man”, which peaked at #31 on the Billboard Hot 100, and “Heart of Gold”, which peaked at #1.

After the supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young split, Young recruited a new group of country session musicians, which he christened The Stray Gators and recorded a country rock record in Harvest. The record was a massive hit, producing a US number one single in “Heart of Gold”. Other songs returned to some usual Young themes: “Alabama” was “an unblushing rehash of ‘Southern Man’”; “Words (Between the Lines of Age)” featured a lengthy guitar workout with the band; and “The Needle and the Damage Done” was a lament for great artists who had died of heroin addiction, particularly Danny Whitten of Crazy Horse. The album’s success caught Young off guard and his first instinct was to back away from stardom. He would later write that “Heart of Gold” “put me in the middle of the road. Traveling there soon became a bore so I headed for the ditch. A rougher ride but I saw more interesting people there.”

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  • pogoshrooms

    I am completely in love.

    8 May 11:08pm Reply
  • silversurfer250

    1972 DOMINATION.

    15 Feb 5:04pm Reply
  • Cryptomnesiac

    I do prefer After the Gold Rush as well. It's hard to separate them- kind of mirror versions of each other

    26 Jan 7:12pm Reply
  • omaCore

    This album is perfect. [2]

    3 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Excrono

    This album is so good, but hard for me to listen to. As a young man I feel I can relate quite a bit to how Neil was feeling when he wrote this.

    26 Mar 2013 Reply
  • TheFatChocobo

    One of the best album covers ever, too.

    19 Dec 2012 Reply
  • TheFatChocobo

    It's slipped a little in my estimation in the year and a half since discovery, but only a little. Those four pristinely-recorded songs (Out on the Weekend/Harvest/Heart of Gold/Old Man) are unreal. The others fill out the record well (especially A Man Needs a Maid and Words) but I do still wish Bad Fog and Journey through the Past had been on here. In place of Are You Ready for the Country and There's a World, say.

    14 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Zodiark111

    Not anywhere near as good as After the Gold Rush. Honestly, I don't even think I like it at all.

    23 Nov 2012 Reply
  • TheSuperCrasher

    This album is perfect.

    4 Oct 2012 Reply
  • j_knife

    in love with this album

    14 Sep 2012 Reply
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    30 Aug 2012 Reply
  • kleckus

    i don't know... it's good, but I can name a bunch of Young's albums, that I like better than this one.

    21 Aug 2012 Reply
  • fevereb

    A beautiful masterpiece.

    24 May 2012 Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    "Way better than any of Dylan's albums..." LoL

    18 Apr 2012 Reply
  • TheFatChocobo

    What a magnificent album. I wish we could've gotten more of the acoustic Stray Gators stuff just to fill it out (Bad Fog of Loneliness is one of my favorite Neil recordings, period, and full-band Journey through the Past is lovely too), but even without 'em, this album is just incredible. And what a trip it takes you on! Moving from the lonely-prairie expanses of Out on the Weekend, Harvest, Heart of Gold, and Old Man, to the bouncy fun of Are You Ready for the Country?, the dramatic vistas of A Man Needs a Maid and There's a World, and the mournful but explosive Alabama and Words, with the stark nakedness of The Needle and the Damage done right inbetween...

    18 Apr 2012 Reply
  • EvilMonkeyRec

    Neil Young - I'm Happy That Y'all Came Down - Vinyl bootleg >> http://theevilmonkeysrecords.blogspot.it/2012/03/neil-young-im-happy-that-yall-came-down.html

    1 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Zodiark111

    After the Gold Rush was better.

    15 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Kick2theOvaries

    One of the most beautiful albums ever crafted

    18 Feb 2012 Reply
  • pewpewlasers

    im still not really sold on this album, sounds like generic california folk to me, which is probably why young disowned it

    23 Jan 2012 Reply
  • creepingdeathv2

    Neil Youngs greatest Hits = Complete Harvest Album + a selection of other assorted songs ... This is a mathematical fact people!

    21 Jan 2012 Reply
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