Neil Young – After the Gold Rush (1970)

Artist Credit
Joel Bernstein Photography
David Briggs Audio Production, Producer
Gary Burden Art Direction
Don Gibson Composer
Nils Lofgren Guitar, Main Personnel, Performer, Piano, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Ralph Molina Drums, Main Personnel, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Tim Mulligan Digital Editing, Mastering
Jack Nitzsche Main Personnel, Piano
John Nowland Digital Transfers
Bill Peterson Flugelhorn
Greg Reeves Bass, Bass Instrument, Main Personnel, Performer
Elliot Roberts Direction
Stephen Stills Main Personnel, Performer, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Billy Talbot Bass, Bass Instrument, Main Personnel
Danny Whitten Guitar, Main Personnel, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Neil Young Audio Production, Composer, Guitar, Harmonica, Main Personnel, Piano, Primary Artist, Producer, Vibraphone, Vocals
Susan Young Mixing

In the 15 months between the release of Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere and After the Gold Rush, Neil Young issued a series of recordings in different styles that could have prepared his listeners for the differences between the two LPs. His two compositions on the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young album Déjà Vu, “Helpless” and “Country Girl,” returned him to the folk and country styles he had pursued before delving into the hard rock of Everybody Knows; two other singles, “Sugar Mountain” and “Oh, Lonesome Me,” also emphasized those roots. But “Ohio,” a CSNY single, rocked as hard as anything on the second album. After the Gold Rush was recorded with the aid of Nils Lofgren, a 17-year-old unknown whose piano was a major instrument, turning one of the few real rockers, “Southern Man” (which had unsparing protest lyrics typical of Phil Ochs), into a more stately effort than anything on the previous album and giving a classic tone to the title track, a mystical ballad that featured some of Young’s most imaginative lyrics and became one of his most memorable songs. But much of After the Gold Rush consisted of country-folk love songs, which consolidated the audience Young had earned through his tours and recordings with CSNY; its dark yet hopeful tone matched the tenor of the times in 1970, making it one of the definitive singer/songwriter albums, and it has remained among Young’s major achievements.

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