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  • Real name : Neil Percival Young
  • Place of birth : Toronto
  • Date of birth : 12/11/1945

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  • Bernard Shakey
  • Phil Perspective
  • Shakey Deal
  • Clyde Coil
  • Shakey
  • Joe Yankee
  • Helmer Bernard Shakey
  • Joe Canuck
  • Dr. Shakes
  • L.A. Johnson
  • Young Neil

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Neil Young (1945)

Neil Percival Young

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Neil Percival Young, OC, OM is a Canadian singer-songwriter who is widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of his generation. 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, and later joined Crosby, Stills & Nash as a fourth member in 1969. 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. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website describes Young as "one of rock and roll’s greatest songwriters and performers". He has been inducted into the Hall of Fame twice: first as a solo artist in 1995, and second as a member of Buffalo Springfield in 1997.

Young's work is characterized by his distinctive guitar work, deeply personal lyrics and signature alto or high tenor singing voice. Although he accompanies himself on several different instruments, including piano and harmonica, his idiosyncratic electric and clawhammer acoustic guitar playing are the defining characteristics of a varyingly ragged and melodic sound. While Young has experimented with differing music styles, including swing and electronic music throughout a varied career, his best known work usually falls into two primary styles: acoustic folk and country rock, or amplified hard rock in collaboration with the band Crazy Horse. Young has also adopted elements from newer styles such as alternative rock and grunge. His influence on the latter caused some to dub him the "Godfather of Grunge".

Young has directed (or co-directed) a number of films using the pseudonym Bernard Shakey, including Journey Through the Past , Rust Never Sleeps , Human Highway , Greendale , and CSNY/Déjà Vu . He is currently working on a documentary about electric car technology, tentatively titled Linc/Volt. The project involves a 1959 Lincoln Continental converted to hybrid technology, which Young plans to drive to Washington, D.C. as an environmentalist example to lawmakers there.

Young is an outspoken advocate for environmental issues and the welfare of small farmers, having co-founded in 1985 the benefit concert Farm Aid. In 1986, Young helped found The Bridge School, an educational organization for children with severe verbal and physical disabilities, and its annual supporting Bridge School Benefit concerts, together with his wife Pegi Young (née Morton). Young has three children: sons Zeke and Ben, who were diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and daughter Amber Jean who, like Young himself, has epilepsy. Young lives on his ranch in La Honda, California. Although he has lived in northern California since the 1970s and sings as frequently about U.S. themes and subjects as he does about his native country, he retains Canadian citizenship, having no desire to relinquish it. On July 14, 2006, Young was awarded the Order of Manitoba, and on December 30, 2009, was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

  Biography  

 life and career
 Early years (1945–1966)
Neil Percival Young was born in Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, Ontario at 6:45 AM on 12 November 1945. His father, Scott Young (1918–2005), was a journalist, and sportswriter who would later rise to prominence in Canada for his work. His mother, Edna "Rassy" Young (1918–1990), was of American, French, and Irish ancestry. They married in 1940 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with their first son, Robert 'Bob' Young, being born in 1942.

Shortly after Neil's birth in 1945, the family decided to move to the rural town of Omemee, Ontario, which Neil would later fondly describe as a "Sleepy little place." Omemee later established the Youngtown Museum in tribute to Young. Young was diagnosed with diabetes as a child, and also suffered from a bout of polio in 1951, in what was the last major outbreak of the disease in Ontario. This was in fact the same epidemic in which singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, then aged nine, also contracted the virus.

Following his recovery, the Young family went on holiday to Florida in the United States in 1952, and upon returning to Canada soon decided to move away from Omemee and into the city of Toronto, before relocating to Pickering, which was just east of Toronto, and then again to north Toronto soon afterward. It was during this period that Young began to take an interest in popular music that he heard on the radio, and also began to rear chickens in order to sell their eggs.

When Neil was twelve, his father, who had been having a number of extra-marital affairs, left his mother, and she subsequently asked for, and received, a divorce some years later, in 1960. Due to the breakup of the family, Neil went to live with his mother, who moved back to Winnipeg, Manitoba, while his brother Bob stayed with his father in Toronto.

During the mid-fifties, at around the age of ten or eleven, Young was drawn to a variety of musical genres including rock and roll, rockabilly, doo-wop, R&B, country, and western pop. He would listen to pop music broadcast on the CHUM radio station via his transistor radio. Young has stated in interviews that growing up he idolized Elvis Presley and strived to be just like him, later referencing him in a number of his lyrics. Other early musical influences included Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino, The Chantels, The Monotones, Ronnie Self, The Fleetwoods, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Gogi Grant. He first began to play music himself on a plastic ukulele, before, as he would later relate, going on to "a better ukulele to a banjo ukulele to a baritone ukulele – everything but a guitar."

Neil and his mother settled into the working class area of Fort Rouge, Winnipeg where the shy, dry-humoured youth enrolled at Earl Grey Junior High School. It was there that he formed his first band, The Jades, and met Ken Koblun, later to join him in The Squires. While attending Kelvin High School in Winnipeg, he played in several instrumental rock bands. Young's first stable band was called The Squires, with Ken Koblun, Jeff Wuckert and Bill Edmondson on drums, who had a local hit called "The Sultan." Young dropped out of high school and also played in Fort William , where they recorded a series of demos produced by a local producer named Ray Dee, whom Young called "the original Briggs." While there, Young first encountered Stephen Stills. In the 2006 film Heart of Gold, Young relates how he used to spend time as a teenager at Falcon Lake, Manitoba where he would endlessly plug coins into the jukebox to hear Ian Tyson's "Four Strong Winds".

After leaving the Squires, Neil worked folk clubs in Winnipeg, where he first met Joni Mitchell. Mitchell recalls Young as having been highly influenced by Bob Dylan at the time. Here he wrote some of his earliest and most enduring folk songs such as "Sugar Mountain", about lost youth. Mitchell wrote "The Circle Game" in response. Winnipeg band The Guess Who had a Top 40 Canadian hit with Young's "Flying on the Ground is Wrong," which was Young's first major hit as a songwriter.

In 1965 Young toured Canada as a solo artist. In 1966, while in Toronto, he joined the Rick James-fronted Mynah Birds. The band managed to secure a record deal with the Motown label, but as their first album was being recorded, James was arrested for being AWOL from the Naval Reserve. After the Mynah Birds disbanded, Young and bass player Bruce Palmer relocated to Los Angeles. Young admitted in a 2009 interview that he was in the United States illegally until receiving a green card in 1970.

 Buffalo Springfield (1966–1968)

Once they reached Los Angeles, Young and Palmer met up with Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, and Dewey Martin to form Buffalo Springfield. A mixture of folk, country, psychedelia, and rock lent a hard edge by the twin lead guitars of Stills and Young made Buffalo Springfield a critical success, and their first record Buffalo Springfield sold well after Stills' topical song "For What It's Worth" became a hit, aided by Young's melodic harmonics played on electric guitar.

Distrust of their management, as well as the arrest and deportation of Palmer, exacerbated the already strained relations among the group members and led to Buffalo Springfield's demise. A second album, Buffalo Springfield Again, was released in late 1967, but two of Young’s three contributions were solo tracks recorded apart from the rest of the group.

In many ways, these three songs – "Mr. Soul," "Expecting To Fly," and "Broken Arrow" – on Buffalo Springfield Again are harbingers of much of Young's later work in that, although they all share deeply personal, almost idiosyncratic lyrics, they also present three very different musical approaches to the arrangement of what is essentially an original folk song. "Mr Soul" is the only Young song of the three that all five members of the group performed together. In contrast, "Broken Arrow" was confessional folk-rock of a kind that would characterize much of the music that emerged from the singer-songwriter movement. Young’s experimental production intersperses each verse with snippets of sound from other sources, including opening the song with a sound bite of Dewey Martin singing "Mr. Soul" and closing it with the thumping of a heartbeat. "Expecting to Fly" was a lushly produced ballad similar to the baroque pop of the mid-1960s, featured a string arrangement that Young's co-producer for the track, Jack Nitzsche, would dub "symphonic pop."

In May 1968, the band split up for good, but in order to fulfill a contractual obligation, a final album Last Time Around was released, primarily from recordings made earlier that year. Young contributed the songs "On the Way Home" and "I Am a Child", singing lead on the latter. In 1997, the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; Young did not appear at the ceremony. The three surviving members; Furay, Stills and Young appeared together as Buffalo Springfield at Young's annual Bridge School Benefit on 23–24 October 2010 and are planning a reunion tour for late 2011.

 Going solo, Crazy Horse & CSNY (1968–1970)

Main articles: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Crazy Horse

After the breakup of Buffalo Springfield, Young signed a solo deal with Reprise Records, home of his colleague and friend Joni Mitchell, with whom he shared a manager, Elliot Roberts, who manages Young to this day. Young and Roberts immediately began work on Young's first solo record, Neil Young , which received mixed reviews. In a 1970 interview, Young deprecated the album as being "overdubbed rather than played," and the quest for music that expresses the spontaneity of the moment has long been a feature of his career. Nevertheless, the album contains some songs that remain a staple of his live shows, most notably "The Loner".

For his next album, Young recruited three musicians from a band called The Rockets: Danny Whitten on guitar, Billy Talbot on bass guitar, and Ralph Molina on drums. These three took the name Crazy Horse , and Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere , is credited to "Neil Young with Crazy Horse." Recorded in just two weeks, the album opens with one of Young's most familiar songs, "Cinnamon Girl," and is dominated by two more, "Cowgirl in the Sand" and "Down by the River," that feature lengthy jams showcasing Young's idiosyncratic guitar soloing accompanied sympathetically by Crazy Horse. Young reportedly wrote all three songs on the same day, while nursing a high fever of in bed.

Shortly after the release of Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Young reunited with Stephen Stills by joining Crosby, Stills, & Nash, who had already released one album as a trio. Young was originally offered a position as a sideman, but agreed to join only if he received full membership, and the group – winners of the 1969 "Best New Artist" Grammy Award – was renamed Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The quartet debuted in Chicago on August 16, 1969, and later performed at the famous Woodstock Festival, during which Young skipped the acoustic set and refused to be filmed during the electric set, even telling the cameramen: "One of you fuckin' guys comes near me and I'm gonna fuckin' hit you with my guitar". During the making of their first album, Déjà Vu, the musicians frequently argued, particularly Young and Stills, who both fought for control. Stills continued throughout their lifelong relationship to criticize Young, saying that he "wanted to play folk music in a rock band". Despite the tension, Young's tenure with CSN&Y coincided with the band's most creative and successful period, and greatly contributed to his subsequent success as a solo artist.

"Ohio" was written following the Kent State massacre on May 4, 1970, and was a staple of anti-war rallies in the 1970s. The song was quickly recorded by CSNY and immediately released as a single, even though CSNY's "Teach Your Children" was still climbing the singles charts. In the late 1970s and for much of the 1980s, Young refrained from performing "Ohio" live, as he considered the song to be dated. In the wake of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, Young revived the song in concert, often dedicating it to the Chinese students who were killed in the massacre. Crosby, Stills & Nash, as a trio, also returned the song to their live repertoire around the same time, even though Young had provided the lead vocals on the original recording.

 After the Gold Rush, acoustic tour and Harvest (1970-1972)

Later in the year, Young released his third solo album, After the Gold Rush , which featured, among others, a young Nils Lofgren, Stephen Stills, and CSNY bassist Greg Reeves. Young also recorded some tracks with Crazy Horse, but dismissed them early in the sessions. The eventual recording was less amplified than Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, with a wider range of sounds. Young's newfound fame with CSNY made the album his commercial breakthrough as a solo artist, and it contains some of his best known work, including "Tell Me Why" and "Don't Let It Bring You Down," the country-influenced singles "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" and "When You Dance," and the title track, played on piano, with dream-like lyrics that ran a gamut of subjects from drugs and interpersonal relationships to environmental concerns. Young’s bitter condemnation of racism in the heavy blues rock song "Southern Man" (along with a later song entitled "Alabama") was also controversial with southerners in an era of desegregation, prompting Lynyrd Skynyrd to decry Young by name in the lyrics to their hit "Sweet Home Alabama". However, Young said he was a fan of Skynyrd's music, and the band's front man Ronnie Van Zant was later photographed wearing a Tonight's the Night t-shirt on the cover of an album.

In the autumn of 1970, Young began a solo acoustic tour of North America, during which he played a variety of his Buffalo Springfield and CSNY songs on guitar and piano, along with material from his solo albums and a number of new songs. Some songs premiered by Young on the tour, like "Journey through the Past", would never find a home on a studio album, while other songs, like "See the Sky About to Rain", would only be released in coming years. With CSNY splitting up and Crazy Horse having signed their own record deal, Young's tour, now entitled "Journey Through the Past", continued into early 1971, and its focus shifted more to newer songs Young had been writing- Young famously remarked that having written so many, he could not think of anything to do but play them. Many gigs were sold out, including concerts at Carnegie Hall and a pair of acclaimed hometown shows at Toronto's Massey Hall, which were taped for a planned live album. The show became legendary among Young fans, and the recordings were officially released nearly 40 years later as an official bootleg in Young's Archive series.

Near the end of his tour, Young performed one of the new acoustic songs on the Johnny Cash on Campus TV show. "The Needle and the Damage Done", a somber lament on the pain caused by heroin addiction, had been inspired in part by the heavy heroin use of Crazy Horse member Danny Whitten, who eventually died of an overdose. While in Nashville for the Cash taping, Young made a sudden connection with a new group of country-music session musicians, whom he christened The Stray Gators, and began playing with them; Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor also began to work with the group. Against the advice of his producer David Briggs, he scrapped plans for the imminent release of the live acoustic recording and quickly recorded much of his new material with the Stray Gators in Nashville, later adding two recordings made with an orchestra in London. The result was Young's fourth album, Harvest , which would prove to be a massive hit. The only remnant left of the original concept was the album's live acoustic performance of the harrowing "Needle."

Young's more settled personal life was reflected in the rest of the Harvest album's mellow, pastoral tone. After his success with CSNY, Young had been able to purchase a ranch in rural Northern California , writing the song "Old Man" in honor of the land's longtime caretaker, Louis Avila. On September 8, 1972, the actress Carrie Snodgress, with whom he had been living, gave birth to Neil Young's first child . Young fell in love with Snodgress after seeing her in a movie, Diary of a Mad Housewife; Young wrote about this experience in the song "A Man Needs a Maid". Originally, for example in his Massey Hall concert, Young had played a fragment of another new song, "Heart of Gold," as part of "A Man Needs a Maid," but eventually, he separated the songs. "Heart of Gold," now played on guitar and harmonica, was released as the first single from Harvest, became a US number one single and remains the only No. 1 hit in his long career. "Old Man" was also immensely popular.

The album's recording had been almost accidental. Its mainstream success caught Young off guard, and his first instinct was to back away from stardom. In the Decade compilation, Young chose to include his greatest hits from the period, but his handwritten liner notes famously described "Heart of Gold" as the song that "put me in the middle of the road. Traveling there soon became a bore, so I headed for the ditch. A rougher ride but I saw more interesting people there."

 The "Ditch" Trilogy and personal struggles (1972–1974)
Although a new tour had been planned to follow up on the success of Harvest, it became apparent during rehearsals that Danny Whitten could not function due to drug abuse. On November 18, 1972, shortly after he was fired from the tour preparations, Whitten was found dead of an overdose. Young described the incident to Rolling Stone’s Cameron Crowe in 1975: " were rehearsing with him and he just couldn't cut it. He couldn't remember anything. He was too out of it. Too far gone. I had to tell him to go back to L.A. 'It's not happening, man. You're not together enough.' He just said, 'I've got nowhere else to go, man. How am I gonna tell my friends?' And he split. That night the coroner called me from L.A. and told me he'd OD'd. That blew my mind. I loved Danny. I felt responsible. And from there, I had to go right out on this huge tour of huge arenas. I was very nervous and ... insecure."

On the tour, Young struggled with his voice and with the constantly changing band lineups, and called David Crosby and Graham Nash to help perform some of the music. The album assembled in the aftermath of this incident, Time Fades Away , has often been described by Young as " least favorite record," and it is one of only two of Young’s early recordings that has yet to be officially re-released on CD . Nevertheless, Young and his band tried several new musical approaches in this period. Time Fades Away, for instance, was recorded live, although it was an album of new material, an approach Young would repeat with more success later on. Time was the first of three consecutive commercial failures which would later become known collectively to fans as the "Ditch Trilogy", as contrasted with the more middle-of-the-road pop of Harvest. These subsequent albums were seen as more challenging expressions of Young's inner conflicts on achieving success, expressing both the specific struggles of his friends and himself, and the decaying idealism of his generation in America at the time.

In the second half of 1973, Young formed The Santa Monica Flyers, with Crazy Horse's rhythm section augmented by Nils Lofgren on guitar. Deeply affected by the drug-induced deaths of Whitten and roadie Bruce Berry, Young recorded an album specifically inspired by the incidents, Tonight's the Night. The album's dark tone and rawness led Reprise to delay and Young had to pressure them for two years before they would release it. While his record company delayed the release, Young recorded another album, On the Beach , which presented a more melodic, acoustic sound at times, including a recording of the older song "See the Sky About to Rain", but dealt with similarly dark themes such as the collapse of 1960s folk ideals, the downside of success and the underbelly of the Californian lifestyle. Like Time Fades Away, it sold poorly but eventually became a critical favorite, presenting some of Young's most original work. A review of the 2003 re-release on CD of On the Beach described the music as "mesmerizing, harrowing, lucid, and bleary".

After completing On the Beach, Young reunited with Harvest producer Elliot Mazer to record another acoustic album, Homegrown. Most of the songs were written after Young's breakup with Carrie Snodgress, and thus the tone of the album was somewhat dark. Though Homegrown was reportedly entirely complete, Young decided, not for the first or last time in his career, to drop it and release something else instead, in this case, Tonight's the Night, at the suggestion of The Band bassist Rick Danko. Young further explained his move by saying: "It was a little too personal ... it scared me". Most of the songs from Homegrown were later incorporated into other Young albums, but the original album never surfaced. Tonight's the Night, when finally released in 1975, sold poorly, as had the previous albums of the "ditch" trilogy, and received mixed reviews at the time, but is now regarded as a landmark album. In Young's own opinion, it was the closest he ever came to art.

 Reunions, retrospectives and Rust Never Sleeps (1975–1979)

Young reformed Crazy Horse with Frank Sampedro on guitar as his backup band for his eighth album, Zuma . Many of the songs are overtly concerned with failed relationships, and even the epic "Cortez the Killer", a retelling of the Spanish conquest of Mexico from the viewpoint of the Aztecs, may also be heard as an allegory of love lost. The song's deeply emotional lyrics and searing guitar solos made it one of Young's most enduring songs in concert over the next several decades. Zuma's closing track, "Through My Sails," was the only released fragment from aborted sessions with Crosby, Stills and Nash for another group album. The following year, Young reunited with Stephen Stills for the album Long May You Run , credited to The Stills-Young Band; the follow-up tour was ended midway through by Young, who sent Stills a telegram that read: "Funny how some things that start spontaneously end that way. Eat a peach, Neil."

In 1976, Young performed with Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and numerous other rock musicians in the high profile all-star concert The Last Waltz, the final performance by The Band. The release of Martin Scorsese's movie of the concert was delayed while Scorsese unwillingly re-edited it to obscure the lump of cocaine that was clearly visible hanging from Young's nose during his performance of "Helpless." American Stars 'N Bars contained two songs originally recorded for Homegrown album, "Homegrown" and "Star of Bethlehem," as well as newer material, including the future concert staple "Like a Hurricane". Performers on the record included Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris and Young protégé Nicolette Larson along with Crazy Horse. In 1977, Young also released the compilation Decade, a personally selected set of songs spanning every aspect of his work, including a handful of previously unreleased songs. The record's sequencing, unusually for the time, resembled a live setlist and included less commercial album favorites alongside Young's greatest radio hits.

Comes a Time , Young's first entirely new solo recording since the mid 1970s, also featured Nicolette Larson and Crazy Horse and became Young's most commercially accessible album in quite some time, marked by a return to Young's folk roots, including a cover of Ian Tyson's "Four Strong Winds," a song Young associated with his childhood in Canada. In 1978 much of the filming was done for Young's film Human Highway, which took its name from one of the album's songs. Over four years Young would spend $3,000,000 of his own money on production. This also marked the beginning of his brief collaboration with the post-punk band Devo, whose members appeared in the film.

Young set out in 1978 on the lengthy "Rust Never Sleeps" tour, in which he played a wealth of new material. Each concert was divided into a solo acoustic set and an electric set with Crazy Horse. The electric sets, more furiously distorted than Young's work in the past, were later seen as a response to punk rock. One new song, "Hey Hey, My My ", was a centerpiece of the new material, and Young played it in both acoustic and electric renditions. Its blunt, but cryptic, lyrics have been among Young's most widely quoted ever since, addressing fame, commerce and rock n' roll, which according to Young's opening lines, "can never die." Young also compared the rise of Johnny Rotten with that of the recently deceased "King" Elvis Presley, who himself had once been disparaged as a dangerous influence only to later become an icon. Rotten returned the favour by playing one of Young's records on a London radio show, an early sign of Young's eventual embrace by a number of punk-influenced alternative musicians.

Young's two accompanying albums Rust Never Sleeps and Live Rust captured the two sides of the concerts, with solo acoustic songs on side A, and fierce, uptempo, electric songs on side B. A movie version of the concerts, also called Rust Never Sleeps , was directed by Young under the pseudonym Bernard Shakey. Young worked with rock artist Jim Evans to create the poster art for the film, using the "Star Wars" Jawas as a theme. Young's work since Harvest had alternated between being rejected by mass audiences and being seen as backward looking by critics, sometimes both at once, and now he was suddenly viewed as relevant by a new generation, who began to rediscover his earlier work. Readers and critics of Rolling Stone voted him Artist of the Year for 1979 , selected Rust Never Sleeps as Album Of The Year, and voted him Male Vocalist of the Year as well. The Village Voice named Rust Never Sleeps as the year's winner in the Pazz & Jop Poll, a survey of nationwide critics, and honored Young as the Artist of the Decade.

 Experimental years (1980-1988)
The 1980s were often difficult times for Young, both personally and professionally. At the start of the decade, distracted by domestic medical concerns relating to his second disabled son, Ben, Young had little time to spend on writing and recording. After providing the incidental music to a 1980 biopic of Hunter S. Thompson entitled Where the Buffalo Roam, Young released Hawks & Doves, a short record pieced together from sessions going back to 1974. 1981's Re-ac-tor, an electric album recorded with Crazy Horse, also included material from the 1970s. Young did not tour in support of either album; in total, he played only one show, a set at the 1980 Bread and Roses Festival in Berkeley, between the end of his 1978 tour with Crazy Horse and the start of his tour with the Trans Band in mid-1982.

The 1982 album Trans, which incorporated vocoders, synthesizers, and electronic beats, was Young's first for new label Geffen Records (distributed at the time by Warner Bros. Records, whose parent Warner Music Group owns most of Young's solo and band catalog) and represented a distinct stylistic departure. Young later revealed that an inspiration for the album was the theme of technology and communication with his son Ben, who has severe cerebral palsy and cannot speak. An extensive tour preceded the release of the album, and was documented by the video Neil Young in Berlin, which saw release in 1986. MTV played the video for "Sample and Hold" in light rotation. The entire song contained "robot vocals" by Neil and Nils Lofgren of the E-Street Band.

Young's next album, 1983's Everybody's Rockin, included several rockabilly covers and clocked in at less than twenty-five minutes in length. Young was backed by the Shocking Pinks for the supporting U.S. tour. Trans had already drawn the ire of label head David Geffen for its lack of commercial appeal, and with Everybody's Rockin following only seven months later, Geffen Records sued Young for making music "unrepresentative" of himself. The album was also notable as the first for which Young made commercial music videos – Tim Pope directed the videos for "Wonderin'" and "Cry, Cry, Cry". Also premiered in 1983, though little seen, was the eclectic full-length comedy film Human Highway, co-directed and co-written by Young, and starring Young, Dean Stockwell, Russ Tamblyn, Dennis Hopper and members of Devo.

1984 was the first year without a Neil Young album since the start of Young's musical career with Buffalo Springfield in 1966. Young's lack of productivity was largely due to the ongoing legal battle with Geffen, although he was also frustrated that the label had rejected his 1982 country album Old Ways. It was also the year when Young's third child, his second with wife Pegi, was born: his daughter Amber Jean, a child who was later diagnosed with inherited epilepsy. Young spent most of 1984 and all of 1985 touring for Old Ways with his country band, the International Harvesters. The album was finally released in an altered form midway through 1985. Young also appeared at that year's Live Aid concert in Philadelphia, collaborating with Crosby, Stills and Nash for the quartet's first performance for a paying audience in over ten years.

Young's last two albums for Geffen were more conventional in genre, although they incorporated production techniques like synthesizers and echoing drums that were previously uncommon in Young's music. Young recorded 1986's Landing on Water without Crazy Horse, but reunited with the band for the subsequent year-long tour and final Geffen album, Life, which emerged in 1987. Young's album sales dwindled steadily throughout the eighties; today Life remains his all-time-least successful studio album, with an estimated four hundred thousand sales worldwide.

Switching back to his old label Reprise Records, Young continued to tour relentlessly, assembling a new blues band called The Bluenotes in mid-1987 . The addition of a brass section provided a new jazzier sound, and the title track of 1988's This Note's For You became Young's first hit single of the decade. Accompanied by a video that parodied corporate rock, the pretensions of advertising, and Michael Jackson, the song was initially unofficially banned by MTV for mentioning the brand names of some of their sponsors. Young wrote an open letter, "What does the M in MTV stand for: music or money?" Despite this, the video was eventually named best video of the year by the network in 1989. By comparison, the major music cable network of Young's home nation, Muchmusic, ran the video immediately.

Young reunited with Crosby, Stills and Nash to record the 1988 album American Dream and play two benefit concerts late in the year, but the group did not embark upon a full tour. The album was only the second-ever studio record for the quartet.

 Return to prominence (1989-1999)


Young's 1989 single "Rockin' in the Free World", which hit #2 on the U.S. mainstream-rock charts, and accompanying album, Freedom, rocketed him back into the popular consciousness after a decade of sometimes-difficult genre experiments. The album's lyrics were often overtly political; "Rockin' in the Free World" deals with homelessness, terrorism, and environmental degradation, implicitly criticizing the government policies of President George H.W. Bush.

The use of heavy feedback and distortion on several Freedom tracks was reminiscent of the Rust Never Sleeps album, and foreshadowed the imminent rise of grunge. The rising stars of the genre, including Nirvana's Kurt Cobain and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, frequently cited Young as a major influence, contributing to his popular revival. A tribute album called The Bridge: A Tribute to Neil Young was released in 1989, featuring covers by alternative and grunge acts including Sonic Youth, Nick Cave, Soul Asylum, Dinosaur Jr, and the Pixies.

Young's 1990 album Ragged Glory, recorded with Crazy Horse in a barn on his Northern California ranch, continued this distortion-heavy aesthetic. Young toured for the album with Orange County, California country-punk band Social Distortion and alternative rock pioneers Sonic Youth as support, much to the consternation of many of his old fans. Weld, a two-disc live album documenting the tour, was released in 1991. Sonic Youth's influence was most evident on Arc, a 35-minute collage of feedback and distortion spliced together at the suggestion of Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and originally packaged with some versions of Weld.

1992's Harvest Moon marked an abrupt return to the country and folk-rock stylings of Harvest and reunited him with some of the musicians from that album, including singers Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor. The title track was a minor hit and the record was well received by critics, winning the Juno Award for Album of the Year in 1994. Young also contributed to Randy Bachman's nostalgic 1992 tune "Prairie Town," and garnered a 1993 Academy Award nomination for his song "Philadelphia", from the soundtrack of the Jonathan Demme movie of the same name. An MTV Unplugged performance and album emerged in 1993. Later that year, Young collaborated with Booker T. and the M.G.s for a summer tour of Europe and North America. Some European shows ended with a rendition of "Rockin' in the Free World" played with Pearl Jam, foreshadowing their eventual full-scale collaboration two years later.

In 1994 Young again collaborated with Crazy Horse for Sleeps with Angels, a record whose dark, sombre mood was influenced by Kurt Cobain's death earlier that year; the title track in particular dealt with Cobain's life and death, without mentioning him by name. Cobain had quoted Young's lyric "It's better to burn out than fade away" (a line from "My My, Hey Hey ") in his suicide note, causing Young to then on emphasize the line "'cause once you're gone you can't come back" when performing the song. Young had reportedly made repeated attempts to contact Cobain prior to his death. Still enamored with the grunge scene, Young reconnected with Pearl Jam in 1995 for the live-in-the-studio album Mirror Ball and a tour of Europe with the band and producer Brendan O'Brien backing Young. 1995 also marked Young's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where he was inducted by Eddie Vedder.

Young has consistently demonstrated the unbridled passion of an artist who understands that self-renewal is the only way to avoid burning out. For this reason, he has remained one of the most significant artists of the rock and roll era.

Young's next collaborative partner was filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, who asked Young to compose a soundtrack to his 1995 black and white western film Dead Man. Young's instrumental soundtrack was improvised while he watched the film alone in a studio. The death of longtime mentor, friend, and producer David Briggs in late 1995 prompted Young to reconnect with Crazy Horse the following year for the album and tour Broken Arrow. A Jarmusch-directed concert film and live album of the tour, Year of the Horse, emerged in 1997. From 1996–97 Young and Crazy Horse toured extensively throughout Europe and North America, including a stint as part of the H.O.R.D.E. Festival's sixth annual tour.

In 1998, Young renewed his collaboration with rock band Phish, sharing the stage at the annual Farm Aid concert and then at Young's Bridge School Benefit, where he joined headliners Phish for renditions of "Helpless" and "I Shall Be Released." Phish declined Young's later invitation to be his backing band on his 1999 North American tour.

The decade ended with the release in late 1999 of Looking Forward, another reunion with Crosby, Stills and Nash. The subsequent tour of the United States and Canada with the reformed super quartet earned $42.1 million, making it the eighth largest grossing tour of 2000.

 Renewed activism and brush with death
Neil Young continued to release new material at a rapid pace through the first decade of the new millennium. The studio album Silver & Gold and live album Road Rock Vol. 1 were released in 2000 and were both accompanied by live concert films. His 2001 single "Let's Roll" was a tribute to the victims of the September 11 attacks, and the effective action taken by the passengers and crew on Flight 93 in particular. At the "America: A Tribute to Heroes" benefit concert for the victims of the attacks, Young performed John Lennon's "Imagine" and accompanied Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready on the song "Long Road", a Pearl Jam song that was written with Young during the Mirrorball sessions. "Let's Roll" was included on 2002's Are You Passionate?, an album mostly composed of mellow love songs dedicated to Young's wife, Pegi, backed by Booker T & the MGs.

In 2003, Young released Greendale, a concept album recorded with Crazy Horse members Billy Talbot and Ralph Molina. The songs loosely revolved around the murder of a police officer in a small town in California and its effects on the town's inhabitants. Young, under the pseudonym "Bernard Shakey", directed an accompanying film of the same name, featuring actors lip-synching to the music from the album. Young toured extensively with the Greendale material throughout 2003 and 2004, first with a solo, acoustic version in Europe, then with a full-cast stage show in North America, Japan, and Australia. Young began using biodiesel on the 2004 Greendale tour, powering his trucks and tour buses with the fuel. "Our Greendale tour is now ozone friendly,” Young said. “I plan to continue to use this government approved and regulated fuel exclusively from now on to prove that it is possible to deliver the goods anywhere in North America without using foreign oil, while being environmentally responsible.” Young spent the latter portion of 2004 giving a series of intimate acoustic concerts in various cities with his wife, who is a trained vocalist and guitar player.

In March 2005, while working on the Prairie Wind album in Nashville, Young was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm. He was treated successfully with a minimally invasive neuroradiological procedure, performed in a New York hospital on March 29. Two days afterwards, Young passed out on a New York street from bleeding from the femoral artery, which surgeons had used to access the aneurysm. The complication forced Young to cancel his scheduled appearance at the Juno Awards telecast in Winnipeg, but within months he was back on stage, appearing at the close of the Live 8 concert in Barrie, Ontario on July 2. During the performance, he debuted a new song, a soft hymn called "When God Made Me". Young's brush with death influenced Prairie Wind's themes of retrospection and mortality. The album's live premiere in Nashville was immortalized by filmmaker Jonathan Demme in the 2006 film Neil Young: Heart of Gold.

Young's renewed activism manifested itself in the 2006 album Living With War, which like the much earlier song "Ohio," was recorded and released in less than a month as a direct result of current events. In early 2006, three years after the US invasion of Iraq, the sectarian war and casualties there were escalating. While doing errands on a visit to his daughter, Young had seen a newspaper photo of wounded US veterans on a transport plane to Germany, and noticing that the same paper devoted little actual coverage to the story, he was unable to get the image out of his head, realizing the suffering caused to families by the war had not truly registered to him and most Americans who were not directly affected by it. Young broke down crying, and immediately got his guitar out and began to write multiple songs at once. Within a few days he had completed work and assembled a band. He later said he had restrained himself for a long time from writing any protest songs, waiting for someone younger, with a different perspective, but no one seemed to be saying anything.

Most of the album's songs rebuked the Bush administration's policy of war by examining its human costs to soldiers, their loved ones, and civilians, but Young also included a few songs on other themes, and an outright protest titled, "Let's Impeach the President", in which he stated that Bush had lied to lead the country into war . Young's lyrics in another song named Illinois Senator Barack Obama, who had not declared any intention to run for president at the time and was widely unexpected to be able to win either the Democratic Party nomination or a general election, as potentially a replacement for Bush. That summer, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young reunited for the supporting "Freedom Of Speech Tour '06", in which they played Young's new protest songs alongside the group's older material, meeting with both enthusiasm and anger from different fans, some of whom were supportive of Bush politically. CSNY Déjà Vu, a concert film of the tour directed by Young himself, was released in 2008, along with an accompanying live album.

While Young had never been a stranger to eco-friendly lyrics, themes of environmentalist spirituality and activism became increasingly prominent in his work throughout the 1990s and 2000s , especially on Greendale and Living With War. The trend continued on 2007's Chrome Dreams II, with lyrics exploring Young's personal eco-spirituality. Also in 2007, Young accepted an invitation to participate in Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino, contributing his version of "Walking to New Orleans".

In 2008, Young revealed his latest project, the production of a hybrid-engine 1959 Lincoln called Lincvolt. A new album loosely based on the Lincvolt project, Fork in the Road, was released on April 7, 2009. The album, partly composed of love songs to the car, also commented on the economic crisis, with one narrator attacking the Wall Street bailouts enacted in late 2008. Unfortunately, the car caught fire in November 2010, in a California warehouse, and along the way it burned an estimated $850,000 worth of Young's rock and roll memorabilia collection. Initial reports suggest the fire might have been triggered by an error in the vehicle's plug-in charging system. Young blamed the fire on human error and said he and his team were committed to rebuilding the car. "The wall charging system was not completely tested and had never been left unattended. A mistake was made. It was not the fault of the car," he said.


A Jonathan Demme concert film from a 2007 concert at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, called the Neil Young Trunk Show premiered on March 21, 2009, at the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas. It was featured at the Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2009 and was released in the US on March 19, 2010 to critical acclaim.

Young's most recent album appearance was on the album Potato Hole, released on April 21, 2009 by Memphis organ player Booker T. Jones, of Booker T. & the MG's fame. Young plays guitar on nine of the album's ten instrumental tracks, alongside Drive-By Truckers, who already had three guitar players, giving some songs on the album a total of five guitar tracks. Jones contributed guitars on a couple of tracks.

Young continues to tour extensively. In 2009, he headlined the Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England, at Hard Rock Calling in London (where he was joined onstage by Paul McCartney for a rendition of "A Day in the Life") and, after years of unsuccessful booking attempts, the Isle of Wight Festival in addition to performances at the Big Day Out festival in New Zealand and Australia and the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona.

Young was also the victim of an Internet hoax death in early 2011 triggered by the death of an English football player of the same name.

 New performances
On January 22, 2010, Young performed "Long May You Run" on the final episode of The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. On the same night, he and Dave Matthews performed the Hank Williams song "Alone and Forsaken", for the Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief charity telethon, in response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Young performed "Long May You Run" at the closing ceremony of the 2010 Olympic winter games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In May 2010, it was revealed Young had begun working on a new studio album produced by Daniel Lanois. This was announced by David Crosby, who said that the album "will be a very heartfelt record. I expect it will be a very special record." On May 18, 2010, Young embarked upon a North American solo tour to promote his then upcoming album, Le Noise, playing a mix of older songs and new material. Although billed as a solo acoustic tour, Young also played some songs on electric guitars, including Old Black. Young is continuing his Twisted Road tour with a short East Coast venture during the Spring of 2011. Young also contributed vocals to the Elton John-Leon Russell album, "The Union", singing a beautiful second stanza in the track, "Gone to Shiloh", and providing backing vocals as well.

In September 2011, Jonathan Demme's third documentary film on the singer songwriter, Neil Young Journeys, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Like Demme's earlier work with Young, most of the film consists of a simply filmed live performance, in this case, Young's homecoming show in May 2011 at Toronto's Massey Hall, four decades after he first played at the iconic venue. Playing old songs, as well as new ones from Le Noise, Young performs solo on both electric and acoustic instruments. His performance is a counterpoint to Demme's footage of Young's return to Omemee, Ontario, the small town near Toronto where he grew up, which has now become physically unrecognizable, though he vividly recalls events from his childhood there.

Young currently lives near La Honda, California on his Broken Arrow Ranch, named after one of his early Buffalo Springfield songs. The original parcel was purchased in 1970 for $350,000 cash and has grown to thousands of acres.

 Archives project

As far back as 1988, Young spoke in interviews of his efforts to compile his unreleased material and to remaster his existing catalog. The collection was eventually titled the Neil Young Archives Series. The first installment, entitled The Archives Vol. 1 1963–1972, was originally planned for a 2007 release but was delayed, and released on June 2, 2009.

Three performances from the Performance Series of the archives were released individually before The Archives Vol. 1. Live at the Fillmore East, a selection of songs from a 1970 gig with Crazy Horse, was released in 2006. Live at Massey Hall 1971, a solo acoustic set from Toronto's Massey Hall, saw release in 2007. Sugar Mountain - Live At Canterbury House 1968, an early solo performance and, chronologically, the first disc in the performance series, emerged late in 2008.

In an interview in 2008, Neil Young discussed Toast, an album originally recorded with Crazy Horse in San Francisco in 2000 but never released. The album will be part of the Special Edition Series of the Archives. No release date currently exists for Toast. The album A Treasure, with live tracks from 1985 sessions with the International Harvesters, during a time when he was being sued by Geffen Records, was released in June 2011.

On July 14, 2009, Young's first four solo albums were reissued as remastered HDCD discs and digital downloads as discs 1–4 of the Original Release Series of the Archives.

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Name Duration Released
Motor City 03:22 14/06/2011
Flying on the Ground Is Wrong 04:48 14/06/2011
Let Your Fingers Do the Walking 03:03 14/06/2011
It Might Have Been 02:43 14/06/2011
Amber Jean 03:17 14/06/2011
Nothing Is Perfect 05:02 14/06/2011
Southern Pacific 07:53 14/06/2011
Soul of a Woman 04:28 14/06/2011
Angry World 04:11 28/09/2010
Love and War 05:37 28/09/2010
Someone's Gonna Rescue You 03:29 28/09/2010
Sign of Love 03:58 28/09/2010
Rumblin' 03:39 28/09/2010
Walk with Me 05:05 28/09/2010
Peaceful Valley Boulevard 07:10 28/09/2010
Hitchiker 05:32 28/09/2010
The Sultan 02:32 02/06/2009
The Ballad of Peggy Grover 02:48 02/06/2009
Aurora 02:07 02/06/2009
Runaround Babe 02:39 02/06/2009
There Goes My Babe 02:23 02/06/2009
Whiskey Boot Hill 02:22 02/06/2009
Casting Me Away from You 02:13 02/06/2009
1956 Bubblegum Disaster 02:04 02/06/2009
Hello Lonely Woman 03:57 02/06/2009
(I'm a Man and) I Can't Cry 02:30 02/06/2009
I'll Love You Forever 03:22 02/06/2009
Extra, Extra 02:41 02/06/2009
Mustang 02:23 02/06/2009
The Rent is Always Due 02:54 02/06/2009
Fuel Line 03:11 07/04/2009
When Worlds Collide 04:14 07/04/2009
Light a Candle 03:01 07/04/2009
Off the Road 03:22 07/04/2009
Get Behind the Wheel 03:08 07/04/2009
Cough Up the Bucks 04:38 07/04/2009
Johnny Magic 04:18 07/04/2009
Just Singing a Song 03:31 07/04/2009
#1 Hit Record Rap 00:00 02/12/2008
Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing 04:43 02/12/2008
Out of My Mind 02:07 02/12/2008
I Used to... 00:38 02/12/2008
No Hidden Path 14:31 23/10/2007
Beautiful Bluebird 04:27 23/10/2007
Ever After 03:32 23/10/2007
Dirty Old Man 03:17 23/10/2007
Spirit Road 06:32 23/10/2007
The Believer 02:39 23/10/2007
Shining Light 04:44 23/10/2007
Ordinary People 18:13 23/10/2007
The Way 05:15 23/10/2007
Boxcar 02:44 23/10/2007
Dance Dance Dance 05:48 13/03/2007
Bad Fog of Loneliness 03:27 13/03/2007
A Man Needs a Maid / Heart of Gold Suite 06:39 13/03/2007
On the Way Home 03:42 13/03/2007
Winterlong 03:40 14/11/2006
Flags of Freedom 03:42 08/05/2006
Families 02:25 08/05/2006
Shock and Awe 04:53 08/05/2006
The Restless Consumer 05:47 08/05/2006
Living With War 05:04 08/05/2006
After the Garden 03:23 08/05/2006
America the Beautiful 02:57 08/05/2006
Roger and Out 04:25 08/05/2006
Let's Impeach the President 05:10 08/05/2006
No Wonder 05:45 27/09/2005
The Painter 04:36 27/09/2005
He Was the King 06:08 27/09/2005
This Old Guitar 05:32 27/09/2005
Here for You 04:32 27/09/2005
Prairie Wind 07:34 27/09/2005
It's a Dream 06:31 27/09/2005
Far from Home 03:47 27/09/2005
Falling Off the Face of the Earth 03:35 27/09/2005
Leave the Driving 05:18 19/08/2003
Double E 05:18 19/08/2003
Falling from Above 07:27 19/08/2003
Sun Green 12:03 19/08/2003
Bringin' Down Dinner 03:16 19/08/2003
Grandpa's Interview 12:57 19/08/2003
Devil's Sidewalk 05:12 19/08/2003
Carmichael 10:20 19/08/2003
Bandit 07:14 19/08/2003
Are You Passionate? 05:08 09/04/2002
Let's Roll 05:54 09/04/2002
Don't Say You Love Me 06:02 09/04/2002
Differently 06:04 09/04/2002
She's a Healer 09:08 09/04/2002
Mr. Disappointment 05:26 09/04/2002
Two Old Friends 06:15 09/04/2002
You're My Girl 04:41 09/04/2002
Be With You 03:32 09/04/2002
When I Hold You in My Arms 04:44 09/04/2002
Goin' Home 08:49 09/04/2002
Fool For Your Love 03:06 05/12/2000
Distant Camera 04:07 25/04/2000
Red Sun 02:48 25/04/2000
Horseshoe Man 04:00 25/04/2000
The Great Divide 04:34 25/04/2000
Buffalo Springfield Again 03:23 25/04/2000
Daddy Went Walkin' 04:01 25/04/2000
Silver & Gold 03:16 25/04/2000
Good to See You 02:49 25/04/2000
Razor Love 06:31 25/04/2000
When You Dance 06:20 17/06/1997
This Town 02:59 02/07/1996
Scattered (Let's Think About Livin') 04:13 02/07/1996
Changing Highways 02:28 02/07/1996
Loose Change 09:49 02/07/1996
Big Time 07:24 02/07/1996
Interstate 00:00 02/07/1996
Baby What You Want Me to Do 08:08 02/07/1996
Music Arcade 03:59 02/07/1996
Do You Know How to Use This Weapon? 04:24 27/02/1996
Organ Solo 01:33 27/02/1996
Why Does Thou Hide Thyself, Clouds... 02:24 27/02/1996
The Round Stones Beneath the Earth... 03:31 27/02/1996
Guitar Solo, No. 1 05:17 27/02/1996
Time for You to Leave, William Blake... 00:00 27/02/1996
Stupid White Men... 08:45 27/02/1996
Nobody's Story 06:35 27/02/1996
Song X 04:40 27/06/1995
Throw Your Hatred Down 05:45 27/06/1995
Peace and Love 07:02 27/06/1995
What Happened Yesterday 00:46 27/06/1995
Downtown 05:10 27/06/1995
Truth Be Known 04:39 27/06/1995
Big Green Country 05:08 27/06/1995
I'm the Ocean 07:05 27/06/1995
Fallen Angel 01:15 27/06/1995
Act of Love 04:54 27/06/1995
Scenery 08:50 27/06/1995
Sleeps With Angels 02:44 16/08/1994
Piece of Crap 03:15 16/08/1994
Driveby 04:43 16/08/1994
Trans Am 04:07 16/08/1994
Prime of Life 04:02 16/08/1994
Train of Love 03:57 16/08/1994
My Heart 02:44 16/08/1994
Safeway Cart 06:29 16/08/1994
Blue Eden 06:22 16/08/1994
Change Your Mind 14:39 16/08/1994
Western Hero 04:00 16/08/1994
Stringman 04:01 15/06/1993
Depression Blues 04:07 06/01/1993
Ain't It the Truth 07:38 06/01/1993
Don't Take Your Love Away From Me 06:16 06/01/1993
Get Gone 05:06 06/01/1993
You and Me 03:45 27/10/1992
From Hank to Hendrix 05:12 27/10/1992
Natural Beauty 10:22 27/10/1992
Unknown Legend 04:32 27/10/1992
Dreamin' Man 04:36 27/10/1992
Old King 02:57 27/10/1992
Such a Woman 04:36 27/10/1992
One of These Days 04:55 27/10/1992
War of Man 05:41 27/10/1992
Harvest Moon 05:03 27/10/1992
Love to Burn 10:01 10/1991
Welfare Mothers 07:04 10/1991
Blowin' in the Wind 06:49 10/1991
Crime in the City 06:32 10/1991
Arc 35:00 10/1991
Hey Hey, My My 05:42 10/1991
F*!#in' Up 07:09 10/1991
Mansion on the Hill 06:14 10/1991
Fuckin' Up 05:54 11/10/1990
White Line 02:57 11/10/1990
Country Home 07:05 11/10/1990
Love And Only Love 10:18 11/10/1990
Days That Used To Be 03:42 11/10/1990
Farmer John 04:14 11/10/1990
Over And Over 08:28 11/10/1990
Eldorado 06:03 10/10/1989
Hangin' on a Limb 04:18 10/10/1989
Rockin' in the Free World 03:38 10/10/1989
Too Far Gone 02:47 10/10/1989
No More 06:03 10/10/1989
Wrecking Ball 05:08 10/10/1989
Someday 05:40 10/10/1989
The Ways of Love 04:29 10/10/1989
On Broadway 04:57 17/04/1989
Heavy Love 05:09 17/04/1989
Don't Cry 05:00 17/04/1989
Cocaine Eyes 04:24 17/04/1989
Can't Believe Your Lyin' 02:58 11/04/1988
Sunny Inside 02:36 11/04/1988
Married Man 02:38 11/04/1988
Twilight 05:54 11/04/1988
Coupe De Ville 04:18 11/04/1988
This Note's for You 02:05 11/04/1988
Ten Men Workin' 06:28 11/04/1988
Hey Hey 03:05 11/04/1988
Long Walk Home 04:56 30/06/1987
Cryin' Eyes 02:52 30/06/1987
Mideast Vacation 04:21 30/06/1987
Prisoners of Rock 'N' Roll 03:12 30/06/1987
Too Lonely 02:48 30/06/1987
Inca Queen 07:56 30/06/1987
Around the World 05:26 30/06/1987
When Your Lonely Heart Breaks 05:16 30/06/1987
Hippie Dream 04:11 21/07/1986
Violent Side 04:22 21/07/1986
Weight Of The World 03:40 21/07/1986
Pressure 02:46 21/07/1986
I Got A Problem 03:16 21/07/1986
Hard Luck Stories 04:06 21/07/1986
People On The Street 04:33 21/07/1986
Touch The Night 04:30 21/07/1986
Bad News Beat 03:18 21/07/1986
Misfits 05:07 12/08/1985
Once An Angel 03:55 12/08/1985
Are There Any More Real Cowboys? 03:03 12/08/1985
Get Back To The Country 02:50 12/08/1985
Where is the Highway Tonight? 03:02 12/08/1985
The Wayward Wind 03:12 12/08/1985
Bound For Glory 05:48 12/08/1985
My Boy 03:37 12/08/1985
Old Ways 03:08 12/08/1985
California Sunset 02:56 12/08/1985
Jellyroll Man 02:00 01/08/1983
Kinda Fonda Wanda 01:51 01/08/1983
Wonderin' 02:59 01/08/1983
Payola Blues 03:09 01/08/1983
Rainin' In My Heart 02:11 01/08/1983
Betty Lou's Got A New Pair Of Shoes 03:02 01/08/1983
Mystery Train 02:47 01/08/1983
Cry, Cry, Cry 02:39 01/08/1983
Bright Lights, Big City 02:18 01/08/1983
Berlin 00:00 1983
Hold on to Your Love 03:28 29/12/1982
Computer Cowboy 04:13 29/12/1982
Transformer Man 03:23 29/12/1982
We R in Control 03:31 29/12/1982
Computer Age 05:24 29/12/1982
Little Thing Called Love 03:13 29/12/1982
Like an Inca 09:46 29/12/1982
Sample and Hold 08:03 29/12/1982
Surfer Joe and Moe the Sleaze 04:15 28/10/1981
Opera Star 03:31 28/10/1981
Get Back on It 02:14 28/10/1981
T-Bone 09:10 28/10/1981
Captain Kennedy 02:50 29/10/1980
Lost in Space 04:13 29/10/1980
The Old Homestead 07:38 29/10/1980
Little Wing 02:10 29/10/1980
Sedan Delivery 04:46 14/11/1979
Cortez the Killer 07:25 14/11/1979
Powderfinger 05:29 14/11/1979
Sail Away 03:46 22/06/1979
Pocahontas 03:22 22/06/1979
Ride My Llama 02:29 22/06/1979
Thrasher 05:38 22/06/1979
My My, Hey Hey 03:45 22/06/1979
Already One 04:53 21/07/1978
Human Highway 03:09 21/07/1978
Peace of Mind 04:11 21/07/1978
Lotta Love 02:38 21/07/1978
Look Out for My Love 04:06 21/07/1978
Comes a Time 03:05 21/07/1978
Four Strong Winds 04:07 21/07/1978
Goin' Back 04:43 21/07/1978
Motorcycle Mama 03:08 21/07/1978
Field of Opportunity 03:08 21/07/1978
Like a Hurricane 08:20 24/05/1977
Will to Love+ 07:11 24/05/1977
Star of Bethlehem** 02:42 24/05/1977
Bite the Bullet* 03:30 24/05/1977
Hold Back the Tears* 04:18 24/05/1977
Hey Babe* 03:35 24/05/1977
Saddle Up the Palomino* 03:00 24/05/1977
The Old Country Waltz 02:58 24/05/1977
Homegrown++ 02:20 24/05/1977
Ocean Girl 03:19 10/09/1976
Black Coral 04:41 10/09/1976
Midnight on the Bay 03:59 10/09/1976
Make Love to You 05:10 10/09/1976
Long May You Run 03:53 10/09/1976
Mellow My Mind 03:07 20/06/1975
Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown 03:35 20/06/1975
Borrowed Tune 03:26 20/06/1975
Tonight's the Night, Pt. 2 04:52 20/06/1975
World on a String 02:27 20/06/1975
Tired Eyes 04:38 20/06/1975
Speakin' Out 04:56 20/06/1975
Lookout Joe 03:57 20/06/1975
Tonight's the Night 04:39 20/06/1975
New Mama 02:11 20/06/1975
Albuquerque 04:02 20/06/1975
Roll Another Number 03:02 20/06/1975
Vampire Blues 04:11 10/07/1974
For the Turnstiles 03:13 10/07/1974
Revolution Blues 04:02 10/07/1974
See the Sky About to Rain 05:03 10/07/1974
Walk On 02:40 10/07/1974
Motion Pictures 04:20 10/07/1974
On the Beach 06:59 10/07/1974
Ohio 04:23 07/11/1972
Find the Cost of Freedom 01:49 07/11/1972
Rock & Roll Woman 02:53 07/11/1972
Let's Go Away for Awhile 02:08 07/11/1972
For What It's Worth/Mr Soul 03:54 07/11/1972
Soldier 03:39 07/11/1972
King of Kings 05:07 07/11/1972
Handel's Messiah 02:49 07/11/1972
Relativity Invitation 01:09 07/11/1972
Let Me Call You Sweetheart 01:05 07/11/1972
Old Man 03:22 01/02/1972
Are You Ready for the Country? 03:21 01/02/1972
Heart of Gold 03:05 01/02/1972
A Man Needs a Maid 04:00 01/02/1972
Harvest 03:03 01/02/1972
Words 06:42 01/02/1972
Out on the Weekend 04:35 01/02/1972
The Needle and the Damage Done 02:00 01/02/1972
Alabama 04:02 01/02/1972
There's a World 03:00 01/02/1972
Tell Me Why 02:54 19/09/1970
When You Dance I Can Really Love 04:05 19/09/1970
Birds 02:34 19/09/1970
Don't Let It Bring You Down 02:56 19/09/1970
Oh Lonesome Me 03:47 19/09/1970
Till the Morning Comes 01:17 19/09/1970
Southern Man 05:31 19/09/1970
Only Love Can Break Your Heart 03:05 19/09/1970
Cripple Creek Ferry 01:34 19/09/1970
After the Gold Rush 03:45 19/09/1970
I Believe in You 03:24 19/09/1970
Cowgirl in the Sand 10:06 14/05/1969
Running Dry 05:30 14/05/1969
The Losing End (When You're On) 04:03 14/05/1969
Down by the River 09:13 14/05/1969
Round & Round (It Won't Be Long) 05:49 14/05/1969
Everybody Knows This is Nowhere 02:26 14/05/1969
Cinnamon Girl 02:58 14/05/1969
The Loner 03:55
The Last Trip to Tulsa 09:25
The Emperor of Wyoming 02:14
I've Loved Her So Long 02:40
What Did You Do to My Life? 02:00
Here We Are in the Years 03:27
String Quartet from Whiskey Boot Hill 01:04
The Old Laughing Lady 05:05
I've Been Waiting for You 02:30
If I Could Have Her Tonight 02:15
Danger Bird 06:54
Don't Cry No Tears 02:34
Barstool Blues 03:02
Lookin' for a Love 03:17
Pardon My Heart 03:49
I Am a Child 02:17
Sugar Mountain 05:43
Expecting to Fly 03:44
Broken Arrow 06:13
Mr. Soul 02:41
Burned 02:14
Down to the Wire 02:25
Helpless 03:34
Journey Through the Past 03:19
Time Fades Away 05:36
Love in Mind 01:58
L.A. 03:11
Yonder Stands the Sinner 03:17

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