Neil Young & his wife Susan, backstage, Electric Factory, Phila., Feb. 1970. Chosen for the gatefold of his third album, “After The Gold Rush,” 1970.
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When Neil Young released his album “Harvest” on February 1, 1972, he probably didn’t expect the record to have such an impact. Harvest was Young’s fourth solo album — and was released two years after the equally terrific After The Gold Rush. It was to be his most successful work. “Harvest” went straight to number one in the US, British and Canadian album charts. No other record sold as well in the US in 1972 as “Harvest”.
Not only the album and its songs, but also the guest list on the long player is spectacular. Also present were Young’s ex-colleagues Stephen Stills, David Crosby and Graham Nash. Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor also feature on the record — as does the London Symphony Orchestra. “Harvest” contains many of Young’s best-known and best tracks. “Heart of Gold” for example, “Old Man”, “A Man Needs a Maid” or a live recording of “The Needle and the Damage Done”
Details on the 50th Anniversary Edition box sets
Because one should of course celebrate the birthday of such a great work appropriately, the Canadian rock icon and his team reach into the archive and release the 50th Anniversary Edition box sets. These are available either on vinyl or CD – and contain a whole range of spectacular extras in addition to the original album. So there are about three Studio Outtakes as well as one unreleased solo performance for the BBC from 1971 and can be seen on DVD. The highlights of the release also include three previously unknown tracks (“Bad Fog of Loneliness”, “Dance Dance Dance” and “Journey Through The Past”).
“Harvest Time” — the film based on the box set
An unreleased two-hour documentary called Harvest Time explores the making of Harvest on DVD. The film takes us to the Harvest Barn sessions at Young’s studio in California, as well as recording sessions in Nashville and London. If that’s not enough information for you, you can find more details in a hardcover book (including a fold-out poster). There’s another goodie for vinyl edition buyers — a lithographic print.
the 50th Anniversary Edition box sets by You can harvest HERE order. They will be released on December 2, 2022. The special edition is also available digitally — including on the Neil Young Archives website. The digital files are also available there in lossless format.
Watch Harvest Time in cinemas
Neil Young fans in Germany also have the opportunity to see the documentary contained in the box set on four dates (December 1st, December 3rd, December 4th and December 7th) in selected cinemas. You can find out more about the dates here.