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Neil Young: “Harvest” 1972

"Harvest" is a critically acclaimed album by Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young, released February 1, 1972. It is widely considered to be one of his most successful and influential albums.

The album features a mix of acoustic and electric songs, and is known for its introspective and melancholic tone. It includes some of Young's most famous songs, such as "Heart of Gold," which became his only #1 hit in the US, "Old Man," "The Needle and the Damage Done," and "Alabama."

"Harvest" was recorded with a group of musicians known as The Stray Gators, which included Kenny Buttrey on drums, Tim Drummond on bass, Jack Nitzsche on piano, and Ben Keith on pedal steel guitar. James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Stephen Stills, David Crosby and Graham Nash also contributed backing vocals on a few of the tracks.

In 1971, Young performed a few of the songs that would later appear on "Harvest" during a one-man acoustic live show on the BBC. He apologized to the small studio audience for playing some songs they were not familiar with, including "Old Man", "A Man Needs A Maid", and "Heart of Gold". They may have been the first to hear these Neil Young classics performed publicly.

The album was a commercial success, reaching #1 on the Billboard 200 chart in the US, and receiving a platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It has since been regarded as a classic of the singer-songwriter genre and is often cited as one of the greatest albums of all time.

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