NEIL YOUNG Released Darksome ‘ON THE BEACH’ Album 45 Years Ago…

15 July 1974

All time legend NEIL YOUNG released ON THE BEACH, his fifth longplayer, 45 years ago, on 16 July 1974. A darksome blues record inspired by troubled times, professionally and personally, for the iconic singer/songwriter. For the fans, like me, one of his most affecting achievements. Human, honest and wholehearted. Cutting songs, gripping vocals. Gloomy masterwork, captivating performances.

The world is turnin’,
I hope it don’t turn away

Rolling Stone said: “For many, many years, On the Beach was Neil Young’s great lost album. The LP didn’t generate a lot of heat when it came out in 1974, and Young didn’t release it on CD until 2003. Its absence from the marketplace turned it into somewhat of a mythical album, and those who dug it up in the pre-Internet days discovered an incredibly depressing album about the perils of fame. The opener ‘Walk On’ confronts Young’s critics, while the creepy ‘Revolution Blues’ is told from the perspective of a Charles Manson-like serial killer. Side two is a more serene affair. ‘Ambulance Blues’ and ‘On the Beach’ are two of the strongest songs Young has ever written, and two of the saddest.”

Album in full…

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