Harvest Moon (album)

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Harvest Moon
Studio album by Neil Young
Released October 27, 1992
Recorded September 1991 - February 1992 at Redwood Digital, Woodside (except "Natural Beauty" at Portland Auditorium, OR, and strings on "Such A Woman" recorded at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA)
Genre Roots rock, folk rock, country rock
Length 51:00
Label Reprise
Producer Neil Young, Ben Keith
Neil Young chronology
Arc
(1991)
Harvest Moon
(1992)
Unplugged
(1993)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [2]

Harvest Moon is the twentieth studio album by Canadian musician Neil Young, released in 1992. Many of the musicians appearing on it also appeared on his 1972 album Harvest, and it is considered by many to be like a "sequel" to Harvest.

Recovering from a case of tinnitus that had come about after the recording of 1990's Ragged Glory and its subsequent tour (which produced 1991's Weld and Arc), Young was determined to return to the studio. Returning to Nashville and joining up with compatriots like Ben Keith, Young put down the electric guitar, returning to the acoustic guitar, piano and banjo that had dominated albums such as Harvest, Comes a Time and Old Ways.

The album earned the 1994 Juno Award for album of the year. The 2009 release Dreamin' Man is a live album of the subsequent 1992 tour and contains live renditions of all Harvest Moon tracks in a different order.

Reception[edit]

Matthew Greenwald of AllMusic wrote glowingly of the title track, "Harvest Moon", calling the melody "positively gorgeous".[3] Classic Rock Review named Harvest Moon its album of the year for 1992. [4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Neil Young.

  1. "Unknown Legend" – 4:32
  2. "From Hank to Hendrix" – 5:12
  3. "You and Me" – 3:45
  4. "Harvest Moon" – 5:03
  5. "War of Man" – 5:41
  6. "One of These Days" – 4:55
  7. "Such a Woman" – 4:36
  8. "Old King" – 2:57
  9. "Dreamin' Man" – 4:36
  10. "Natural Beauty" (recorded live at The Civic Auditorium, Portland OR, January 23, 1992) – 10:22

Personnel[edit]

The Stray Gators

Additional personnel[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1992 The Billboard 200 16

Single

Year Single Chart Position
1992 "War of Man" Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 7
1993 "Unknown Legend" Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 38
1993 "Harvest Moon" UK Singles Chart 36

Certifications[edit]

Organization Level Date
RIAAU.S. Gold January 15, 1993
RIAAU.S. Platinum February 3, 1993
RIAAU.S. 2.00x Multi-Platinum July 16, 1997

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harvest Moon (album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ Rolling Stone, November 26, 1992, p.71
  3. ^ "Harvest Moon – Neil Young". AllMusic. Retrieved March 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Classic Rock Review of Harvest Moon by Neil Young". Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ Jane Birkin: Fictions at Discogs (list of releases)