Old Ways

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Old Ways
Studio album by Neil Young
Released August 12, 1985
Recorded January 1983 - April 1985 at House Of David, Nashville; The Castle, Franklin TN; Pedernales Recording Studio, Spicewood, TX and live at The Opry, Austin TX
Genre Country
Length 36:43
Label Geffen
Producer Neil Young, David Briggs, Ben Keith and Elliot Mazer
Neil Young chronology
Everybody's Rockin'
Old Ways
Landing on Water
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (B)[2]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[3]
Kerrang! 0.5/5 stars[4]

Old Ways is the fourteenth studio album by Canadian musician and singer-songwriter Neil Young, released in 1985. Young refers to this album in interviews as Old Ways II, as he had originally planned to release a country album titled Old Ways in 1983. Geffen objected to this, asking Young for a "rock 'n roll" album, which Young would give them in the form of Everybody's Rockin'. Old Ways I would have contained many still-unreleased songs, one of which was "Depression Blues", which appeared on Young's Geffen-era compilation Lucky Thirteen.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Neil Young; except where indicated

Side one[edit]

  1. "The Wayward Wind" – (Herb Newman, Stanley Lebowsky) 3:12
  2. "Get Back to the Country" – 2:50
  3. "Are There Any More Real Cowboys?" – 3:03
  4. "Once an Angel" – 3:55
  5. "Misfits" – 5:07

Side two[edit]

  1. "California Sunset" – 2:56
  2. "Old Ways" – 3:08
  3. "My Boy" – 3:37
  4. "Bound for Glory" – 5:48
  5. "Where Is the Highway Tonight?" – 3:02


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
Canadian RPM Top Albums 31
U.S. Billboard 200 75
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 24


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Neil Young Old Ways review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-08-27. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1987). "Neil Young 'Old Ways' review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-08-27. 
  3. ^ "Neil Young Old Ways". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2011-08-27[dead link].  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ Johnson, Howard (17 October 1985). "Neil Young 'Old Ways'". Kerrang! 105. London, UK: Morgan Grampian. p. 20.