Greatest Hits (Neil Young album)

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Greatest Hits
Greatest hits album by Neil Young
Released November 16, 2004
Recorded 1969–1991
Genre Rock, country rock, folk rock, hard rock
Length 76:07
Label Reprise
Producer David Briggs, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Kendall Pacios, Elliot Mazer, Henry Lewy, Tim Mulligan, Ben Keith, Niko Bolas
Neil Young chronology
Greendale
(2003)
Greatest Hits
(2004)
Prairie Wind
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media 8/10 stars[2]

Greatest Hits is Neil Young's third compilation album after Decade and Lucky Thirteen. Eleven of the first twelve tracks appear on Decade, and the disc spans his solo career from 1969 through 1992. On the rear cover of the album, Young comments that the tracks were selected "based on original record sales, airplay and known download history."

Remastering[edit]

All tracks on this album were remastered using the HDCD process, which Young has been utilizing for his studio work since 1995. The album was also released as a high-resolution DVD Video disc with 24bit 96kHz audio, and in a two-disc format including the audio album plus a bonus DVD with videos for "Rockin' in the Free World" and "Harvest Moon". Extensive notes on the remastering process can be found on Young's website.[3]

On the press release, Young said:

One of the most important jobs of any musician is to provide quality sound to the people. Quality has taken a hit in recent years, but it's starting to come back thanks to DVD-stereo. There is just no comparison between DVD-stereo and a regular compact disc or even 5.1 sound. It's the difference between a true reflection of the music and a mere replica. I've always been a strong believer in analogue and this is about as close to the rewarding listening experience of vinyl as the real thing.[4]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Writer(s) Performed by Length Album
1. "Down by the River" Neil Young Neil Young with Crazy Horse 9:20 Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
2. "Cowgirl in the Sand" Young Neil Young with Crazy Horse 10:08
3. "Cinnamon Girl" Young Neil Young with Crazy Horse 3:02
4. "Helpless" Young Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 3:40 Déjà Vu
5. "After the Gold Rush" Young Neil Young 3:48 After the Gold Rush
6. "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" Young Neil Young 3:11
7. "Southern Man" Young Neil Young 5:33
8. "Ohio" Young Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 3:02 non-album single
9. "The Needle and the Damage Done" Young Neil Young 2:13 Harvest
10. "Old Man" Young Neil Young with The Stray Gators 3:25
11. "Heart of Gold" Young Neil Young with The Stray Gators 3:09
12. "Like a Hurricane" Young Neil Young and Crazy Horse 8:23 American Stars 'n Bars
13. "Comes a Time" Young Neil Young 3:07 Comes a Time
14. "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)" Young, Jeff Blackburn Neil Young and Crazy Horse 5:02 Rust Never Sleeps
15. "Rockin' in the Free World" Young Neil Young 4:44 Freedom
16. "Harvest Moon" Young Neil Young 5:03 Harvest Moon
7" single
  1. "The Loner" – 3:50
  2. "Sugar Mountain" – 5:41
Issued exclusively with the vinyl edition of the album

Charts[edit]

Chart (1975) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[5] 45
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[6] 86
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[7] 49
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[8] 24
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[9] 41
Irish Albums (IRMA)[10] 8
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 9
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[12] 10
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 13
UK Albums (OCC)[14] 45
US Billboard 200[15] 27
Chart (2005) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[16] 25
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[17] 24

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[18] Platinum 70,000^
Belgium (BEA)[19] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[20] Gold 50,000^
Germany (BVMI)[21] Gold 100,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[22] Platinum 15,000x
New Zealand (RMNZ)[23] 2× Platinum 30,000^
United States (RIAA)[24] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  3. ^ http://www.neilyoung.com/archives/gh_technotes_menu.html
  4. ^ http://www.thrasherswheat.org/2004/10/greatest-hits-of-neil-young-to-be.html
  5. ^ "Neil Young - Greatest Hits" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  6. ^ "Neil Young – Greatest Hits" (in French). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  7. ^ "Neil Young – Greatest Hits" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  8. ^ "Neil Young: Greatest Hits" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  9. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  10. ^ "GFK Chart-Track". Chart-Track.co.uk. GFK Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  11. ^ "Neil Young – Greatest Hits". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  12. ^ "Neil Young – Greatest Hits". Norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  13. ^ "Neil Young – Greatest Hits". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  14. ^ "Neil Young | Artist | Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 10, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Neil Young Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Neil Young. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  16. ^ "Neil Young – Greatest Hits". Australiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  17. ^ "Neil Young – Greatest Hits" (in Dutch). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  18. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2005 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved April 10, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2006". Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved April 10, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Neil Young – Greatest Hits". Music Canada. Retrieved April 10, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Neil Young; 'Greatest Hits')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved April 10, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Irish album certifications – Neil Young – Greatest Hits". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved April 10, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Latest Gold / Platinum Albums". Radioscope. 17 July 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved April 10, 2013. 
  24. ^ "American album certifications – Neil Young – Greatest Hits". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved April 10, 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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