Neil Young (album)

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Neil Young
Studio album by Neil Young
Released November 12, 1968
Recorded August – October 1968 at Wally Heider Recording, Sunset Sound Recording and TTG Recording, Hollywood, CA
Genre Folk rock
Length 35:32
Label Reprise
Producer Neil Young, David Briggs
(Tracks 5, 6 and 9 produced by Jack Nitzsche, Ry Cooder and Neil Young)
Neil Young chronology
Neil Young
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Singles from Neil Young
  1. "The Loner"
    Released: February 21, 1969

Neil Young is the self-titled debut studio album by Canadian musician Neil Young, which was his debut release as a solo artist following his departure from the band Buffalo Springfield. Released first in November 1968, it was then partially remixed and re-released a year later, in November 1969.


The album was originally released on November 12, 1968 (Young's 23rd birthday). The first release used the Haeco-CSG encoding system. This technology was intended to make stereo records compatible with mono record players, but had the unfortunate side effect of degrading the sound in both stereo and mono.

Young was unhappy with the sound quality of the first release ("The first mix was awful," he was reported as saying in Cash Box of September 6th 1969. "I was trying to bury my voice, because I didnʼt like the way it sounded"). The album was therefore remixed in the summer of 1969 (as announced in Rolling Stone #47, dated December 13th), and re-released without Haeco-CSG processing. The words "Neil Young" were added to the album cover after what was left of the original stock had been used up, so copies of both mixes exist in the original sleeve. Copies of the original 1968 mix are now rare and sought-after, because many Neil Young fans believe that the 1969 mix diminished the songs, especially "Here We Are In The Years."

Neil Young was remastered and released on HDCD-encoded CD and digital download on July 14, 2009 as part of the Neil Young Archives Original Release Series. It was released on audiophile vinyl in December 2009, both individually and as part of a box-set of Neil's first 4 LPs available via his official website (this box set was limited to 1000 copies – a CD version of 3000 copies also exists). A high resolution digital Blu-ray disc is planned, although no release date has been set.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (7.8/10.0)[2]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Neil Young, except where noted. Arrangements on "The Old Laughing Lady," "String Quartet from Whiskey Boot Hill," and "I've Loved Her So Long" by Young, Nitzsche and Ry Cooder.

Side one[edit]

  1. "The Emperor of Wyoming" – 2:14
  2. "The Loner" – 3:55
  3. "If I Could Have Her Tonight" – 2:15
  4. "I've Been Waiting for You" – 2:30
  5. "The Old Laughing Lady" – 5:58 (5:51 on original mix)

Side two[edit]

  1. "String Quartet from Whiskey Boot Hill" – 1:04 (Jack Nitzsche)
  2. "Here We Are in the Years" – 3:27
  3. "What Did You Do to My Life?" – 2:28 (2:00 on original mix)
  4. "I've Loved Her So Long" – 2:40
  5. "The Last Trip to Tulsa" – 9:25



  • Dale Batchelor – engineer
  • David Briggsproducer
  • Danny Kelly – photography
  • Donn Landee – engineer
  • Jack Nitzsche – producer
  • Rik Pekkonen – arranger, engineer
  • Mark Richardson – engineer
  • Henry Saskowski – engineer
  • Ed Thrasher – album art direction
  • Roland Deihl – cover painting
  • Neil Young – arranger, producer


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