Silver & Gold

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Although the ever-unpredictable Neil Young spent much of the past decade stomping through shattering song cycles that affirmed his status as "the godfather of grunge," he's not about to start delivering the expected -- as borne out by this gorgeous, largely acoustic collection. Aficionados could consider SILVER AND GOLD a fitting completion to a trilogy begun by 1972's HARVEST and 1992's HARVEST MOON, but one needn't be fluent in Young's past work to appreciate the sincere emotion and breathtaking song craft that flow through its grooves. Young spends a lot of time addressing mortality here, most clearly on "Daddy Went Walkin'" and "Red Sun," both of which pine ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Although the ever-unpredictable Neil Young spent much of the past decade stomping through shattering song cycles that affirmed his status as "the godfather of grunge," he's not about to start delivering the expected -- as borne out by this gorgeous, largely acoustic collection. Aficionados could consider SILVER AND GOLD a fitting completion to a trilogy begun by 1972's HARVEST and 1992's HARVEST MOON, but one needn't be fluent in Young's past work to appreciate the sincere emotion and breathtaking song craft that flow through its grooves. Young spends a lot of time addressing mortality here, most clearly on "Daddy Went Walkin'" and "Red Sun," both of which pine tellingly for innocence lost. In keeping with his tradition of self-reflection, the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer gives his professional career the once-over on "Buffalo Springfield Again" and ponders his future without donning rose-colored glasses on the closing "Without Wings." It took Young a full three years to burnish SILVER AND GOLD to his liking -- and it shines every bit as brightly as the precious metals evoked in its name.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Silver & Gold went through a number of incarnations before it was finally released in the spring of 2000. The endless delays raised hopes for the album, as did superstition -- dedicated Neil Young fans believed he was creatively reborn at the end of each decade. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Rust Never Sleeps, and Freedom added credence to this theory, but those records were knocked out quickly, appearing a year after their predecessors. In contrast, Silver & Gold appeared four years after Broken Arrow. During those four years, all sorts of projects were in the works for Young, including a 1999 reunion with Crosby, Stills & Nash. His three songs on their comeback Looking Forward were pleasant acoustic numbers that often seemed a little slight. It was easy to assume that Young was saving the real treasures for his solo record, but Silver & Gold doesn't confirm that theory. Instead, it's a continuation of his Looking Forward contributions, performed with the warm, amiable ramble of Harvest Moon. A pleasant sound, to be sure, but not exactly what Young followers were expecting. They also may be a little dismayed to realize that two of its best songs, "Silver & Gold" and "Razor Love," date from 1982 and 1987, respectively, suggesting that Neil may not be at the top of his game. Still, there are no truly bad songs here, although the light-hearted, light-headed reminiscence "Buffalo Springfield Again" treads close to the borderline. It's a low-key, charming, comfortable record, which is hardly a bad thing at all -- it just doesn't quite live up to the abnormally high expectations. Fortunately, those expectations fade upon repeated plays, and Silver & Gold reveals itself as a nice Neil Young record. Nothing particularly special, but nice all the same.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2008
  • Label: Wea Int'l
  • UPC: 093624730514
  • Catalog Number: 247305
  • Sales rank: 5,163

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Good to See You (2:49)
  2. 2 Silver & Gold (3:16)
  3. 3 Daddy Went Walkin' (4:01)
  4. 4 Buffalo Springfield Again (3:23)
  5. 5 The Great Divide (4:34)
  6. 6 Horseshoe Man (4:00)
  7. 7 Red Sun (2:48)
  8. 8 Distant Camera (4:07)
  9. 9 Razor Love (6:31)
  10. 10 Without Rings (3:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Neil Young Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Harp
Emmylou Harris Vocals
Linda Ronstadt Vocals
Jim Keltner Drums
Ben Keith Steel Guitar, Vocals
Oscar Butterworth Drums
Donald "Duck" Dunn Bass
Spooner Oldham Organ, Piano
Technical Credits
Neil Young Producer
Ben Keith Producer
Bobby Arnold Engineer
Gary Burden Art Direction
Larry Cragg Guitar Techician
Larry Greenhill Engineer
John Hausman Engineer
Tim Mulligan Engineer, Mastering
John Nowland Engineer
Denny Purcell Mastering
Elliot Roberts Direction
Jenice Heo Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Neil Yong's BEST cd-Really!

    This is an amazing work of art. Every song on this album is breathtaking. I enjoyed this album a lot, and I can listen to it the whole way through. This is the acoustic album I have been waiting for. It tops the icing on the cake as the third acoustic album. It's his best since Harvest Moon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better than Silver and Gold

    Neil Young has crafted a lovely batch of tunes that are quite addictive. Simple, extremely well-performed and achingly personal, it got the immediate attention of my fourteen year-old son who usually balks at anything I bring home. Musically, this collection brings on smile after smile. Lyrically, there is only one stumble ('my software's not compatible with you') on 'Without Rings', but, ironically, Neil slips in his best turn of phrase on the very next line (you'll have to get the CD)!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Neil is still Rockin' in the Free World

    Neil does it again with this masterful array of acoustic excellence and beauty. The emotion and openess of this album shows why people of all ages can relate to this Rock King. I recommend it to both the Neil Lovers and those who barely know him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    'Neil Young Again' :)

    The good old man did it again. My Mom and I bought it the first day it came out, and were still listening to it! We haven't got tired of it yet! And 'Buffalo Springfield Again' is the B-E-S-T BEST song on Silver & Gold ( Wouldn't it be soooo cool if they did get back together?:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pure Gold

    Like vintage wine Neil Young just gets better with age. This is a fine collection of songs that blend well together and get better after each listen. With his latest addition to the Harvest collection Young proves he is much more then just a Musician for this is a fine work of art.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love this record!

    Neil has done it again! Buy it NOW! Get the Limited Edition! A VERY cool poster.

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