Landing on Water

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Landing on Water
Studio album by Neil Young
Released July 28, 1986 (1986-07-28)
Recorded August 1983 - March 1986 at Broken Arrow Ranch, Woodside, California and Record One, Los Angeles
Genre Rock
Length 40:04
Label Geffen
Producer Danny Kortchmar, Neil Young
Neil Young chronology
Old Ways
Landing on Water

Landing on Water is the fifteenth studio album by Canadian musician Neil Young, released on July 28, 1986 (Geffen GHS 24109).


Several of the songs on the album were resurrected from Neil Young and Crazy Horse's failed 1984 sessions - a set of sessions where, according to longtime producer David Briggs, the musicians "played like monkeys".

Landing on Water came after Young settled out of court with Geffen Records. Geffen sued Young for $3.3 million, on the grounds that Young's mid-'80s records were non-commercial and musically uncharacteristic. Later, David Geffen would personally apologize to Young for the lawsuit and interfering with his work.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars link
Robert Christgau C+ link
Rolling Stone (favorable) link

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Neil Young.

Side one
  1. "Weight of the World" – 3:40
  2. "Violent Side" – 4:22
  3. "Hippie Dream" – 4:11
  4. "Bad News Beat" – 3:18
  5. "Touch the Night" – 4:30
Side two
  1. "People on the Street" – 4:33
  2. "Hard Luck Stories" – 4:06
  3. "I Got a Problem" – 3:16
  4. "Pressure" – 2:46
  5. "Drifter" – 5:05



Year Type Label Catalog #
1986 LP UME Imports 424 109
1986 CD Geffen 24109
1990 CS Geffen 24109
2000 CD Interscope 490799
2002 CD Universal Distribution UICY-2352
2004 CD Warner Music GED24109



Country Peak Position Weeks
Canada 40
US 46
UK 52 2
Sweden 15 8
Chart Peak Position
The Billboard 200 58


Single Chart Peak Position
Touch The Night Billboard - Mainstream Rock 8
Weight Of The World Billboard - Mainstream Rock 33


There are Tim Pope directed videos for "Weight Of The World," "Touch The Night," "Pressure" and "People On The Street."[1] In the "Touch The Night" video, Young plays a TV news reporter, covering a car accident. Interestingly, the whole video was shot in two takes.

Video album[edit]

At one time, a video album was planned for the songs on this album, but it was scrapped because of lack of support from Geffen Records.


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