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Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits


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Neil Young has long been perched atop rock's list of true perfectionists, a fact that ensured he wouldn't release a standard "best-of" until he knew he could get everything just right. Well, thanks to sonic advances, he's finally agreed that the time has come for this wide-ranging sampler to make its way to fans. Mixed in DVD-stereo from the original masters, the disc boasts warm and utterly enveloping versions of material as varied as the gossamer acoustic plaint "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" and the sinewy stomper "Southern Man." The reworked sound is amply evident on those songs -- "Like a Hurricane" and "Cowgirl in the Sand," to name a pair -- that spotlight Young's singular soloing. In these surroundings, his playing is even more vivid, more stinging than on any CD version heard before. The set covers nearly a quarter century of Young's career, presenting him alone, with Crazy Horse, and with CS&N, culminating with the winsome title track of 1992's Harvest Moon. And while it's not a complete portrait of Neil as an artist -- that would require a hefty box set -- it's certainly the sort of snapshot any fan would be proud to display.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/16/2004
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0093624893523
catalogNumber: 48935
Rank: 1711


  1. Down by the River
  2. Cowgirl in the Sand
  3. Cinnamon Girl
  4. Helpless
  5. After the Gold Rush
  6. Only Love Can Break Your Heart
  7. Southern Man
  8. Ohio
  9. The Needle and the Damage Done
  10. Old Man
  11. Heart of Gold
  12. Like a Hurricane
  13. Comes a Time
  14. Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)
  15. Rockin' in the Free World
  16. Harvest Moon

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Neil Young   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Rufus Thibodeaux   Fiddle,Group Member
J.J. Cale   Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Crosby & Nash   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Nils Lofgren   Guitar,Piano
Graham Nash   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Linda Ronstadt   Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Steve Stills   Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals
James Taylor   Banjo,Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Gibson   Acoustic Guitar
Nicolette Larson   Vocals
Vic Jordan   Acoustic Guitar,Group Member
Ben Keith   Pedal Steel Guitar,Keyboards,Group Member
John Barbata   Drums
Bucky Barrett   Acoustic Guitar,Group Member
George Binkley   Strings,Group Member
Grant Boatwright   Acoustic Guitar,Group Member
Kenny Buttrey   Drums
Marvin Chantry   Strings,Group Member
Roy Christensen   Strings,Group Member
Virginia Christensen   Strings,Group Member
Johnny Christopher   Acoustic Guitar,Group Member
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Tim Drummond   Bass
Rita Fey   Autoharp,Group Member
Carl Gorodetzky   Strings,Group Member
Karl Himmel   Drums,Group Member
Teddy Irwin   Guitar
Sheldon Kurland   Strings,Group Member
Lawrence Lasson   Strings,Group Member
Rebecca Lynch   Strings,Group Member
Martha McCrory   Strings,Group Member
Ralph Molina   Drums,Vocals
Farrell Morris   Percussion,Group Member
Spooner Oldham   Organ,Piano,Group Member
Bill Peterson   Flugelhorn
Greg Reeves   Bass
Rick Rosas   Bass
Frank "Poncho" Sampedro   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Dale Sellers   Acoustic Guitar,Group Member
Jerry Shook   Acoustic Guitar,Group Member
Billy Talbot   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Dallas Taylor   Drums
Gary VanOsdale   Strings,Group Member
Carole Walker   Strings,Group Member
Danny Whitten   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Calvin Samuels   Bass
Maryanna Harvin   Strings,Group Member
George Kosmola   Strings,Group Member
Andy McMahon   Piano
Stephanie Woolf   Strings,Group Member
Larry Harvin   Strings,Group Member
Joe Osborn   Bass,Group Member
Gone With The Wind Orchestra   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Neil Young   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements,Audio Production
David Briggs   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Ben Keith   Producer
Joel Bernstein   Cover Photo
Niko Bolas   Producer,Engineer
Gary Burden   Art Direction
Chuck Cochran   String Arrangements
Bill Halverson   Engineer
David Hewitt   Engineer
Henry Lewy   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Elliot Mazer   Producer,Engineer
David McKinley   Engineer
Tim Mulligan   Producer,Engineer
John Nowland   Engineer
Elliot Roberts   Director
Henry Saskowski   Engineer
Jeff Blackburn   Composer
Kendall Pacios   Producer
Jenice Heo   Art Direction
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young   Producer,Audio Production
Harry Sitam   Engineer
Volume Dealers   Producer

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