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Yes, this Friday from 9am on the Acoustic Cafe I feature eight songs from the album that launched Neil Young to superstardom in the early 70’s.

NEIL YOUNG – AFTER THE GOLDRUSH – 1970

This was the album the prolific Neil Young released right after his first flirtation with CSN&Y, and once again he shows just how wide and deep his musical talents are.
All we aging sixties kids all have a copy of both this album and his “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere” album; it is standard issue for older babyboomers.
Indeed, out of the welter of so many artists with so much in the way of incredible and unforgettable music, Neil Young stands alone as a seventies icon, someone who has consistently done the music his way, and with great sincerity, consistent authenticity, and a singular verve.
No one has produced the range and quantity of memorable songs and melodies, as has Neil Young, who has always produced what he wanted on his terms, and has never sold out to commercialism or tried to appeal to the mainstream audience.
Here we have so many terrific songs like “Tell Me Why”, “After The Goldrush”, and his smash hit, “Southern Man”, that it is hard to remember that this is just one of several such albums he released in short order over a three or four year period.
Seminal Neil Young. A must have for any audiophile that enjoys Neil Young’s unique sound.

Neil Young figured out early on that the secret to a great record is not about how perfect the vocal is or how perfect the instruments are, but the emotional honesty with which a song is executed.
Such is the secret ingredient to the successful and beautiful recording of “After The Gold Rush”.
IN a number of songs, such as Tell Me Why, “Only Love Can Break Your Heart”, which Linda Ronstadt later did a great cover of, Neil’s genius and guitar virtuosity shines,
Sounds as fresh and new as the day I first purchased it, in 1970.

Neil Young always reminds me of my life in the early seventies, innocently thinking we could change the world. We didn’t, but it’s a better place thanks to Neil.
Once I hear “Sailing hardships through broken harbours”, it invokes the feeling of a treasured old photograph that makes me smile without thinking.
as it does in songs like “Birds”, “I Believe In You”, and a personal favorite of mine,the 1 minute 34 second “Cripple Creek Ferry”. Young may well be an iconoclast, someone who is unpredictable, unreliable from a business sense, and something of a prima donna, but he always plays straight from the heart , and one knows that the guy playing that axe so masterfully is absolutely in control of the incredible sounds emanating from it.

Neil is the sound of what was best about those days.
This album deserves its place in rock history as a stand out.Wow! Put this baby in the CD player and listen as the CD illustrates why Neil Young will never die! Long may his chrome heart shine!