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A Treasure

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Volume 9 of Neil Young's long-delayed, suddenly prodigious Archives series, A Treasure chronicles Neil's 1984-1985 tour with the International Harvesters, a crackerjack assemblage of country pros featuring guitarist Ben Keith, pianist Hargus "Pig" Robbins, fiddler Rufus Thibodeaux, and Spooner Oldham. This is one of Young's famous left turns, as he abandoned the tightly wound electro of Trans and the hipster rockabilly of Everybody's Rockin' for a trip back to the country, cutting Old Ways then hitting the road with the International Harvesters. Old Ways was a little stilted but the same can't be said of A Treasure: this is vivid and alive, pulsating with a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Volume 9 of Neil Young's long-delayed, suddenly prodigious Archives series, A Treasure chronicles Neil's 1984-1985 tour with the International Harvesters, a crackerjack assemblage of country pros featuring guitarist Ben Keith, pianist Hargus "Pig" Robbins, fiddler Rufus Thibodeaux, and Spooner Oldham. This is one of Young's famous left turns, as he abandoned the tightly wound electro of Trans and the hipster rockabilly of Everybody's Rockin' for a trip back to the country, cutting Old Ways then hitting the road with the International Harvesters. Old Ways was a little stilted but the same can't be said of A Treasure: this is vivid and alive, pulsating with a palpable joy. Their energy boosts the Old Ways material, giving it welcome blood and muscle, but A Treasure runs far broader than that one album. Young overhauls two cuts from Re*Ac*Tor, turning "Motor City" and "Southern Pacific" into a honky tonk stomp and a chugging country ballad, respectively, reworks Buffalo Springfield's "Flying on the Ground Is Wrong," covers Joe London's country chestnut "It Might Have Been" and, most significantly for the hardcore, there are five unreleased Young originals here: a sweetly rambling ode to his daughter "Amber Jean," an excellent slice of Texan honky tonk with "Let Your Fingers Do the Walking," the rowdy barroom blues of "Soul of a Woman," the working man protest of "Nothing Is Perfect," and Crazy Horse stomp "Grey Riders." The unheard tunes are all first-rate, but what's really notable about A Treasure is that it offers a compelling document of how good the International Harvesters were and, in turn, makes sense of a somewhat murky period for Neil Young.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/2011
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624957935
  • Catalog Number: 527650
  • Sales rank: 48,146

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Amber Jean - Neil Young & the International Harvesters (3:17)
  2. 2 Are You Ready For the Country? - Neil Young & the International Harvesters (3:38)
  3. 3 It Might Have Been - Neil Young & the International Harvesters (2:43)
  4. 4 Bound For Glory - Neil Young & the International Harvesters (5:58)
  5. 5 Let Your Fingers Do The Walking - Neil Young & the International Harvesters (3:03)
  6. 6 Flying on the Ground is Wrong - Neil Young & the International Harvesters (4:47)
  7. 7 Motor City - Neil Young & the International Harvesters (3:22)
  8. 8 Soul of a Woman - Neil Young & the International Harvesters (4:27)
  9. 9 Get Back to the Country - Neil Young & the International Harvesters (2:31)
  10. 10 Southern Pacific - Neil Young & the International Harvesters (7:52)
  11. 11 Nothing is Perfect - Neil Young & the International Harvesters (5:01)
  12. 12 Grey Riders - Neil Young & the International Harvesters (5:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Neil Young Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Rufus Thibodeaux Fiddle
Matraca Berg Background Vocals
Tracy Nelson Background Vocals
Ben Keith Vocals
Anthony Crawford Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Tim Drummond Bass
Spooner Oldham Piano
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
Joe Allen Bass
Karl T. Kimmel Drums
Technical Credits
Neil Young Composer, Producer
Ben Keith Producer
Joel Bernstein Inside Photo
Gary Burden Art Direction
Tim Mulligan Engineer, Mastering
Jeff Peterson Engineer
Elliot Roberts Direction
Jenice Heo Art Direction
Ronnie Green Composer
Harriet Kane Composer
Hannah Johnson Cover Photo, Back Cover Photo
Terry Farris Engineer
Scott Benarde Critic
Ron Farnsworth Cover Art
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