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Neil Young
  • Artist: Neil Young
  • Genre: Rock
  • Total Albums: 50
  • Total Songs: 50+
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Neil Percival Young (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and social activist who is widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of his generation, particularly as Neil Young & Crazy Horse. Young was born in Toronto, but he moved to the family home of Winnipeg as a child, which is where his music career began. Young began performing as a solo artist in Canada in 1960, before moving to California in 1966, where he co-founded the band Buffalo Springfield along with Stephen Stills and Richie Furay. Having success on his own for a bit, he later joined the folk rock supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash as a fourth member in 1969, thus forming Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. He forged a successful and acclaimed solo career, releasing his first album in 1968. His career has since spanned over 40 years and 34 studio albums, with a continual and uncompromising exploration of musical styles; his musical vision is notably referred to by his autobiographical tune"The Loner". Music critics have often called him one of the best single artists of all time, and several tunes such as "Heart of Gold" and "Rockin' in the Free World" remain popular on rock radio. According to the Don't Be Denied Songfacts, the 16-year-old Neil was raising chickens and selling the eggs, with plans to go to Ontario Agricultural College and be a farmer. Only his leisure activities foretold his future, when he would hide from his family problems in his room with his transistor radio playing local station CHUM. From this, Young experienced a growing admiration for rock n roll originators such as Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and, of course, Elvis Presley. In 1958, his father bought Neil his first music instrument, a plastic ukulele. His father would later recall, "He would close the door of his room... and we would hear plunk, pause while he moved his fingers to the next chord, plunk, pause while he moved again, plunk." In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Neil started his professional music career in the mid-60s with a number of bands in Canada, including the Squires and later the Mynah Birds, which also included fellow future Buffalo Springfield bassist Bruce Palmer and future funk star Rick James. When the Mynah Birds broke up, Young and Palmer headed to California to meet Stephen Stills, whom he had met in Thunder Bay, and the result was Buffalo Springfield. That band split up after releasing three critically acclaimed albums, particularly achieving international fame for their tune "For What It's Worth". Showing his strengths as a cynical yet experimental songwriter in the group, he also sung prominently in some of the band's songs such as the biting satire of 'rock star' life "Mr. Soul". Neil soon started his solo career with the release of 'Neil Young' on November 12, 1968. The album did not do very well commercially, but it included several strong tracks, including "The Loner", said to be a portrait of Stephen Stills but also being deeply auto-biographical. On May 14, 1969, he recruited members of Crazy Horse and made the critically acclaimed 'Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere'. This was a much more consistent album, being the first to introduce longstanding collaborators Crazy Horse and beingbuilt around the balanced interplay between the guitar playing of Young and the talented Danny Whitten. The album also featured two lengthy classics, "Down by the River" and "Cowgirl in the Sand". The critically acclaimed solo album "After the Gold Rush" came out in 1971, featuring such classic songs as "Southern Man'", "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" and "Don't Let it Bring You Down". Harvest followed in 1972 with the hit"Heart of Gold". During this time he also enjoyed considerable success as a quarter of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Neil's subsequent work has zig-zagged across genres - dabbling in country rock on "Old Ways"; electronics on "Trans"; hooking up with the Shocking Pinks in a homage to old-time Rock 'n' Roll on "Everybody's Rockin'"; creating a wall of feedback on the live Arc-Weld; and cementing his status as Godfather of Grunge when collaborating with Pearl Jam on Mirror Ball. His idiosyncratic approach to genre even led to him being sued by his record company (Geffen) in the 80s for making "uncharacteristic" music. Young has also dabbled in film, most recently on the album/concert series/dvd Greendale. 66 years and still going strong the very special and often strange Neil Young keeps on making music. His latest release is “Le Noise”. The film Canadian Bacon includes the line "Canadians are always trying to figure out a lot of ways to ruin our lives. The metric system, for the love of God! Celsius! Neil Young!" For recent news see: http://www.neilyoung.com/ .

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Greatest Hits - Neil Young
Hitchhiker - Neil Young
Live At Massey Hall 1971 (Deluxe Version) - Neil Young
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Harvest Moon - Neil Young
Prairie Wind - Neil Young
Living With War - Neil Young
Harvest - Neil Young
Americana (Deluxe Edition) - Neil Young & Crazy Horse
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Crazy Horse At the Fillmore 1970 (Live) - Neil Young & Crazy Horse
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Le Noise (Deluxe Version) - Neil Young
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Sugar Mountain - Live At Canterbury House 1968 - Neil Young
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Live At the Cellar Door - Neil Young
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Chrome Dreams II - Neil Young
Live At Massey Hall 1971 - Neil Young
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Unplugged - Neil Young
After the Gold Rush - Neil Young
Weld (Live) - Neil Young & Crazy Horse
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Mirror Ball - Neil Young
Freedom - Neil Young
Peace Trail - Neil Young
Fork In the Road (Deluxe Version) - Neil Young
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Dreamin' Man Live '92 - Neil Young
The Monsanto Years - Neil Young & Promise of the Real
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Ragged Glory - Neil Young & Crazy Horse
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Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere - Neil Young & Crazy Horse
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Rust Never Sleeps - Neil Young & Crazy Horse
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Silver & Gold - Neil Young
A Letter Home - Neil Young
Dead Man (Music from and Inspired By the Motion Picture) - Neil Young
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Le Noise - Neil Young
Neil Young (Remastered) - Neil Young
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Fork In the Road - Neil Young
On the Beach - Neil Young
Greendale Live at Vicar St. (Live) - Neil Young
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Hawks & Doves - Neil Young
A Treasure (Deluxe Version) [Live] - Neil Young International Harvesters
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A Letter Home (Deluxe Version) - Neil Young
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Old Ways - Neil Young
Time Fades Away - Neil Young
Tonight's the Night - Neil Young
Comes a Time - Neil Young
Everybody's Rockin' - Neil Young
Bluenote Café - Neil Young & Bluenote Café
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Live Rust - Neil Young & Crazy Horse
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Sleeps With Angels - Neil Young & Crazy Horse
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Decade - Neil Young
Life - Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Neil Young Archives, Vol. 1 (1963-1972) - Neil Young
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Road Rock, Vol. 1 - Neil Young
Year of the Horse (Live) - Neil Young & Crazy Horse
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