After the Gold Rush
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After the Gold Rush by Neil Young ranked # 71 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums list.
After the Gold Rush is the third album by Neil Young, and one of four high-profile albums released by each partner of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in the wake of their chart-topping Deja Vu album of 1970. It peaked at #8 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart; two singles taken from the album, "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" and "When You Dance I Can Really Love," made it to #33 and #93 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100.
Neil Young's third solo album was released during a prolific period of his career, having recorded two solo albums and Deja Vu with in less than a year; after being sidelined with a back injury, he would wait until 1972 for his subsequent LP Harvest, which would make Young a household name.
Although his work with Buffalo Springfield had shown him experimenting with a variety of musical styles, on Gold Rush Young continued the mix of hard rock with the country and folk-flavored acoustic approaches from CSNY and on 1969's Everybody Knows This is Nowhere.
Most of the album was recorded at a makeshift basement studio in Young's modest Topanga Canyon home during the spring of 1970 with Greg Reeves, Ralph Molina of Crazy Horse, and burgeoning eighteen year old musical phenom Nils Lofgren of the Washington, DC-based band Grin on piano.
In a typical idiosyncratic decision of the singer/songwriter, Lofgren had not played keyboards on a regular basis prior to the sessions. Along with fellow Young stalwart Jack Nitzsche, he would join an augmented Crazy Horse sans Young before enjoying cult success and a stint in Bruce Springsteen's band.
- Tell Me Why
- After the Gold Rush
- Only Love Can Break Your Heart
- Southern Man
- Till The Morning Comes
- Oh, Lonesome Me
- Don't Let It Bring You Down
- When You Dance I Can Really Love
- I Believe in You
- Cripple Creek Ferry
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