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Biography

Neil Young, one of the most influential and controversial rock music figures of all times, was born on November 12, 1945, in Toronto. Along with Bob Dylan, he is credited with laying down the foundation for almost each of currently existent rock genres. Before finishing the school, Neil sank into guitar music playing with a lot of local bands and showing up at many clubs of his city late at night. At the dawn of his music life, Young was focused on performing blues and rockabilly as the most prominent group of his was the California-based Buffalo Springfield. The members of this formation did get along with each other very well, which prompted Neil soon to start recording his own stuff on his own in 1968.

A brilliant instrumentalist himself, Young recruited a group of very talented musicians from California that would be accompanying him throughout his entire career as the Crazy Horse band. The artist’s debut self-titled album, released in 1968, did not bring him the expected results, yet it only made him work harder. The second effort, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (1969), featured the songs bearing the traces of the music that would soon be called hard-rock. Through with this work, Young joined a supreme band of his old time friends, Crosby, Stills & Nash, which made them add his name to the title. With the renewed lineup, the group launched a massive American tour. The musicians had too different music preferences and ideas to stick together constantly and went through numerous breakups. On irregular basis, they would reunite to perform live up to the present days.

In 1972, Young came back to the solo career and recorded a calm country-rock oriented album, Harvest, to become of the specimen of the genre. Although the artist strived to stay away from mainstream and remain a not-like-them figure, he grew extremely surprised when this record climbed to the top of the US pop-music charts. Right after that, Neil made a swift turn to a much darker and noisier sound. The pessimistic mood of those records was predetermined by Neil’s loss of several people dear to him and his only son’s incurable illness. After a streak of albums of low interest, he finally prepared a very strong long player that was Tonight’s the Night (1975).

Young spent the second half of the seventies in constant and fruitful collaboration with Crazy Horse. They made an accent on loud guitar sounding that in the years to come formed the basis for punk and grunge rock. As the new decade arrived, the artist decided to open a period of experimentations that upset many of his supporters. Their disenchantment reached the peak in 1982 when he released Trans, an electronic album with his voice processed through the synthesizers. Young returned to the path of classic rock in 1989 with the smashing album Freedom. The same year, the market offered a compilation of his songs performed by other rock musicians. As the era of grunge opened the beginning of the nineties, many of new rock stars shared the desire to cooperate with their main inspirer, Neil Young. Pearl Jam succeeded most of them all as they played several concerts with the famed artists and then helped him record a very powerful album that was called Mirror Ball (1995). Later, Young recorded the music for the classic art-house movie Dead Man released in 1996. Recapitulating the highlights of the twenties century, the influential magazine Rolling Stone rated Neil Young as thirty forth in the list of the rock-n-roll most prominent persons. In the new millennium, the famed artist made his song strongly political. His 2006 studio effort Living with War featured the song Let’s Impeach the President patently condemning the US policy in Iraq. Early in 2009, he delighted his fans with the new album, Fork in the Road, and in 2010 they got another Neil’s creation. He worked with a producer Daniel Lanois and his name became the link to the album’s title - Le Noise. That Young’s studio attempt was critically acclaimed and was really enjoyed by the listeners. There is no doubt that the artist’s experience and desire to create music became the main elements of his success.

Studio Albums

Neil Young, Peace Trail mp3Peace Trail
2016
  • Soft Rock
  • Country Rock
Neil Young, A Letter Home mp3A Letter Home
2014
  • Folk Rock
Neil Young, Storytone mp3Storytone
2014
  • Folk Rock
Neil Young, Le Noise mp3Le Noise
2010
  • Garage Rock
Neil Young, Fork in the Road mp3Fork in the Road
Neil Young's new album Fork In The Road, an ode to the road and cars, offers ten songs each of which touches upon a certain aspect of a driver's life often making the listener think of the important life questions
2009
  • Country Rock
  • Folk Rock
  • Rock
Neil Young, Chrome Dreams II mp3Chrome Dreams II
This year Neil Young decided to please his fans two times. At first he released a record of his legendary concert of 1971 at Massey Hall and than he came back with his new studio album Chrome Dreams II
2007
  • Country Rock
  • Folk Rock
  • Rock
Neil Young, Living With War mp3Living With War
White-hot on the heels of Bruce Springsteen's savvy invocation of vintage folk and gospel music to stir the pot of political protest, Neil Young looks no further into the past than his morning newspaper for source material on his new album
2006
  • Folk Rock
  • Hard Rock
  • Pop/Rock
  • Rock
Neil Young, Prairie Wind mp3Prairie Wind
2005
  • Country Rock
  • Folk Rock
Neil Young, Are You Passionate? mp3Are You Passionate?
2002
  • Folk Rock
  • Rock
Neil Young, Silver & Gold mp3Silver & Gold
2000
  • Country Rock
  • Folk Rock
Neil Young, Trans mp3Trans
1997
  • Electronic
  • New Wave
  • Rock
  • Synth Pop
Neil Young, Dead Man mp3Dead Man
1996
  • Experimental Rock
Neil Young, Mirror Ball mp3Mirror Ball
1995
  • Grunge
  • Rock
Neil Young, Harvest Moon mp3Harvest Moon
1992
  • Country Rock
  • Folk Rock
Neil Young, Freedom mp3Freedom
1989
  • Folk Rock
  • Hard Rock
  • Rock
Neil Young, This Note's for You mp3This Note's for You
1988
  • Blues Rock
  • Rock
Neil Young, Landing on Water mp3Landing on Water
1986
  • Synth Pop
Neil Young, Old Ways mp3Old Ways
1985
  • Country Rock
  • Outlaw Country
Neil Young, Everybody's Rockin' mp3Everybody's Rockin'
1983
  • Country Rock
  • Rockabilly
Neil Young, Hawks & Doves mp3Hawks & Doves
1980
  • Country
  • Folk Rock
  • Rock
Neil Young, Comes a Time mp3Comes a Time
1978
  • Country Rock
  • Folk Rock
Neil Young, American Stars 'n Bars mp3American Stars 'n Bars
1977
  • Country Rock
  • Rock
Neil Young, Tonight's the Night mp3Tonight's the Night
1975
  • Blues Rock
  • Country Rock
  • Folk Rock
Neil Young, On the Beach mp3On the Beach
1974
  • Blues Rock
  • Country Rock
  • Folk Rock
Neil Young, Harvest mp3Harvest
1972
  • Country Rock
  • Folk Rock
Neil Young, Journey Through the Past mp3Journey Through the Past
1972
  • Choral
  • Country Rock
Neil Young, After the Gold Rush mp3After the Gold Rush
1970
  • Country Rock
  • Folk Rock
Neil Young, Neil Young mp3Neil Young
1968
  • Baroque Pop
  • Folk Rock
  • Pop/Rock
  • Rock

Compilation albums

Lives

Neil Young, Bluenote Cafe mp3Bluenote Cafe
2015
  • Folk Rock
  • Country Rock
Neil Young, Live At The Cellar Door mp3Live At The Cellar Door
2013
  • Country Rock
  • Folk Rock
Neil Young, A Treasure mp3A Treasure
Neil Young's new live album, A Treasure, is a collection of the artist's most memorable and cherished episodes from his collaboration with the brilliant band International Harvesters
2011
  • Country
  • Country Rock
Neil Young, Live at Massey Hall 1971 mp3Live at Massey Hall 1971
Live At Massey Hall 1971 is a previously unreleased record of Neil Young's concert, which continues his Archive Series. Switching from acoustic guitar to piano he presents public with versions of his new songs, which later will become rock hits
2007
  • Country Rock
  • Folk Rock
Neil Young, Unplugged mp3Unplugged
1993
  • Country Rock
  • Folk Rock