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 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.