Decade

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Given the quirkiness of Neil Young's recording career, with its frequent cancellations of releases and last-minute rearrangements of material, it is a relief to report that this two-disc compilation is so conventional and so satisfying. A 35-track selection of the best of Young's work between 1966 and 1976, it includes songs performed by Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and the Stills-Young Band, as well as solo work. In addition to five unreleased songs, Decade offers such key tracks as the Springfield's "Mr. Soul," "Broken Arrow," and "I Am a Child"; "Sugar Mountain," a song that had appeared only as a single before; "Cinnamon Girl," "Down by ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Given the quirkiness of Neil Young's recording career, with its frequent cancellations of releases and last-minute rearrangements of material, it is a relief to report that this two-disc compilation is so conventional and so satisfying. A 35-track selection of the best of Young's work between 1966 and 1976, it includes songs performed by Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and the Stills-Young Band, as well as solo work. In addition to five unreleased songs, Decade offers such key tracks as the Springfield's "Mr. Soul," "Broken Arrow," and "I Am a Child"; "Sugar Mountain," a song that had appeared only as a single before; "Cinnamon Girl," "Down by the River," and "Cowgirl in the Sand" from Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere; "Southern Man" and the title track from After the Gold Rush; and "Old Man" and the chart-topping "Heart of Gold" from Harvest. This is the material that built Young's reputation between 1966 and 1972, although he is more idiosyncratic with the later material, including the blockbusters "Like a Hurricane" and "Cortez the Killer" but mixing in more unreleased recordings as the set draws to a close. He seems intent on making the album a listenable one that will appeal to a broad base of fans, and he succeeds despite the exclusion of much of the harrowing work of 1973-1975. Nevertheless, the album is an ideal sampler for new listeners, and since there is no one-disc Young compilation covering any significant portion of his career, this lengthy chronicle is the place to start.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 075992723329
  • Catalog Number: 2257
  • Sales rank: 2,932

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Down To The Wire (2:25)
  2. 2 Burned (2:14)
  3. 3 Mr. Soul (2:41)
  4. 4 Broken Arrow (6:13)
  5. 5 Expecting to Fly (3:44)
  6. 6 Sugar Mountain (5:43)
  7. 7 I Am a Child (2:17)
  8. 8 The Loner (3:50)
  9. 9 The Old Laughing Lady (5:35)
  10. 10 Cinnamon Girl (2:59)
  11. 11 Down By the River (8:58)
  12. 12 Cowgirl In The Sand (10:01)
  13. 13 I Believe in You (3:27)
  14. 14 After the Gold Rush (3:45)
  15. 15 Southern Man (5:31)
  16. 16 Helpless (3:34)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ohio (2:56)
  2. 2 Soldier (2:28)
  3. 3 Old Man (3:21)
  4. 4 A Man Needs a Maid (3:58)
  5. 5 Harvest (3:08)
  6. 6 Heart of Gold (3:06)
  7. 7 Star of Bethlehem (2:46)
  8. 8 The Needle and the Damage Done (2:02)
  9. 9 Tonight's the Night, Pt. 1 (4:41)
  10. 10 Tired Eyes (4:33)
  11. 11 Walk On (2:40)
  12. 12 For the Turnstiles (3:01)
  13. 13 Winterlong (3:05)
  14. 14 Deep Forbidden Lake (3:39)
  15. 15 Like a Hurricane (8:16)
  16. 16 Love Is a Rose (2:16)
  17. 17 Cortez the Killer (7:29)
  18. 18 Campaigner (3:30)
  19. 19 Long May You Run (3:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Neil Young Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Technical Credits
Elliot Mazer Producer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Essential

    Although this is only Young's first decade of work, most if not all of his themes are in this collection. The songs range from 60s pop to long guitar epics and illustrate his bewildering twists and turns. One highlight is the solo Campaigner, an ode to Nixon, of all people, and found nowhere else.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    'Decade' showcases Neil Young's wide-ranging spirit

    In a modern era when rock artists seem reluctant to challenge themselves after scoring a couple of hit records, Neil Young continues to let his art take him to new highs. "Decade" is a wonderful retrospective of the first part of his excellent solo career, featuring electric-styled rock gems ("Like A Hurricane," "Cortez the Killer"), country-western tunes ("Old Man," "Long May You Run") and folk ("Sugar Mountain"). Although the collection only chronicles Young's career through 1977, there are two long discs filled with some of his best-known works.

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