Classic Album Sundays: Neil Young

Founded by radio host, music producer, label owner and journalist, Colleen “Cosmo” Murphy, Classic Album Sundays allows listeners to fully immerse themselves into an album by exploring its context, the making of and a full replay of the album on vinyl. This month, Classic Album Sundays presents Neil Young's 'After The Gold Rush'. The mournful title track to his third album, After the Gold Rush (which was released on Sept. 19, 1970), is ostensibly an ode to the environment, but viewed from other angles, deeper implications surface. The album's songs — which featured 18-year-old Nils Lofgren on guitar and piano, an instrument he was mostly unfamiliar with — helped create a ragged and almost disjointed record that’s never quite sure if it’s electric or acoustic, part of the ’60s or part of the ’70s. It’s a romantic album too — the soft “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” is a highlight — but the sting of “Southern Man,” which immediately follows in the track listing, tempers the mood.

Tracklist

Shaun Davey - The Night Flight [CBS]
Andwella's Dream - Lost A Number, Found A King [CBS]
John Wadham & Brian Dunning & Frank Hess - Floatin’ [Allchival]
Taxi - Continuing Time My Way [Golden Guinea]
Skid Row - Felicity [CBS]
Jim Doherty Trio - Ladies Wear [Decca]
Noel Kelehan Trio - Dublin Blues [Emerald]
Granny’s Intentions - Nutmeg, Bitter Suite [Allchival]
Eire Apparent – Yes, I Need Someone [Buddah]
Taste - On The Boards [Allchival]
Them - Just One Conception [Tower]
Joe O’Donnell - Caravan [Allchival]
Nirvana - Requiem To John Coltrane [Island]
Noel Kelehan Quintet - Spon Song [Allchival]
Scullion - Back At 2 [Wea]
Thin Lizzy - The Friendly Ranger At Clontarf Castle [Decca]
Supply, Demand & Curve - When You're By Yourself [Allchival]
Apartment - Weekend [Allchival]
Jonathan Kelly's Outside - Sensation Street [RCA Victor]
Pat's People - December Sequel [Not on Label]
The Plattermen - African Wah Wah [Allchival]

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