Neil Young’s big break came in the mid ‘60s, when the Canadian singer-songwriter co-founded Buffalo Springfield in Los Angeles with Stephen Stills, whom he’d team up with again later in his career as part of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. But it wasn’t until Young released his first solo album at the end of the decade that his vision truly started to take shape. Within the next 10 years, he released some of the era’s best-loved classics, like ‘Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere,’ ‘After the Gold Rush,’ ‘Harvest’ and ‘Rust Never Sleeps.’ He’s kept active throughout the ‘80s, ‘90s, ‘00s and ‘10s, releasing a steady stream of albums that showcases his restless creativity. Even at his most frustrating and bewildering – like the synth and rockabilly records he released in the ‘80s – Young remains one of rock’s all-time greats.
Selected Discography: ‘Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere’ (1969), ‘After the Gold Rush’ (1970), ‘Harvest’ (1972)
It remains to be seen whether Neil Young's hi-def PonoMusic player will be able to survive in the marketplace, but if the early returns for the device's Kickstarter campaign are any indication, there's plenty of demand for what he's selling.
For years, Neil Young has bemoaned the fidelity losses that digital music consumers have had to accept as a tradeoff for portable convenience. Later this month, he'll finally introduce his own solution to the marketplace.
After considerable delay, 'Time Fades Away,' Neil Young's live album from 1973, will finally be re-released. The record has been kept out-of-print for years by Young, who called it "a total joke" and "the worst record I ever made" in 1987.
Neil Young has enjoyed one of the most influential careers of any contemporary musician. His inimitable vocal and guitar styles and his sheer songwriting ability have earned him the respect of peers, critics and fans alike, but Young's beginnings weren't nearly as glorious. On Feb. 1, 1963, the 17-year-old aspiring musician reportedly went from the bedroom to the stage, playing his first professional gig at a country club in Winnipeg, as part of the group the Squires.
Neil Young's recent four-night solo stand at New York's Carnegie Hall received glowing reviews from all who were fortunate enough to see it. Now, thanks to several fans and their camera phones, everybody can see one of those shows in its entirety for themselves.
Neil Young has reportedly completed work on an upcoming album, which is nothing new for the prolific singer-songwriter. The big news here is that the record is supposedly an all-covers project with Jack White.
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