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Francis

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  • Neil Young's Harvest (33 1/3 Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Sam Inglis
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (18)
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    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Neil Young's Harvest is one of those strange albums that has achieved lasting success without ever winning the full approval of rock critics or hardcore fans. Even Young himself has been equivocal, describing it in one breath and his "finest" album, dismissing in the next as an NOR aberration. Here, Sam Inglis explores the circumstances of the album's creation and asks who got it right: The critics, or the millions who have bought Harvest in the 30 years since its release?

    Greg says: "Just a long record review."
    "Fair to middling"
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    Sam Inglis does a good job of exploring the many paradoxes of Harvest - particularly its status as Neil Young's most overwhelmingly popular album in terms of sales and public recognition, as contrasted with its frequent dismissal by hardcore fans and the artist himself - for about two-thirds of this book, but then suddenly switches to a much less interesting track-by-track review and series of potted biographies of the main players in the final third. Its a shame, as he could have gone much deeper into the themes of the earlier sections, for much more reward. The first part is good listening, but this is still one of the less satisfying entries in the 33 1/3 series that I've read or listened to.

    Jay Snyder is a poorly matched reader here - where the book often has a nice humorous touch, he tends to overrun it with his VERY DRAMATIC reading. Someone to match the gentle lilt of both the book and Harvest itself would have been a better fit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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