Greendale (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 19, 2003
RecordedJuly 11–September 19, 2002
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerNeil Young, L.A. Johnson
Neil Young and Crazy Horse chronology
Are You Passionate?
Prairie Wind
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[2]

Greendale is the 25th studio album by Neil Young. Young and Crazy Horse's Greendale, a 10-song rock opera, is set in a fictional California seaside town. Based on the saga of the Green family, the "audio novel" has been compared to the literary classics of Thornton Wilder's Our Town[3] and Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio for its complexity and emotional depth in exploring a small town in America.

Greendale combines numerous themes on corruption, environmentalism and mass media consolidation. The album, concert, film and DVDs have produced a vast divergence of critical opinion ranging from being called "amateur" to being voted as one of the best albums of 2003 by Rolling Stone magazine music critics.

The CD was originally released with a DVD of live "Neil-only" acoustic performance of the Greendale material from Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland. The performance has since been made available as a stand-alone live album on digital download and streaming services such as iTunes and Amazon.[4][5]

In 2004, the CD was released with a new DVD containing "Inside Greendale," a documentary featuring in-studio performances of the album being recorded.[6] [7] A DVD-Audio version and box set vinyl LP version were also released, with both Advanced Resolution Stereo and 5.1 Surround sound mixes, and a video of "Devil's Sidewalk" from the film. In late 2004, the feature length DVD with actors lip-synching the material was released.

Greendale was the last Neil Young album to feature Crazy Horse until 2012's Americana, and his ninth with that band.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Neil Young.

1."Falling From Above"7:27
2."Double E"5:18
3."Devil's Sidewalk"5:18
4."Leave the Driving"7:14
7."Grandpa's Interview"12:57
8."Bringin' Down Dinner"3:16
9."Sun Green"12:03
10."Be the Rain"9:13


Crazy Horse


  • The Mountainettes:
    • Pegi Young - vocal
    • Nancy Hall - vocal
    • Twink Brewer - vocal
    • Sue Hall - vocal

Comics adaptation[edit]

In 2007, Vertigo Comics announced the production of the comic book adaptation of the album with the same title.[8] According to writer Joshua Dysart, Neil Young is directly involved in the project.[9] Greendale graphic novel (ISBN 1-4012-2698-1) was released in June 2010,[10] with Cliff Chiang providing the art.[11][12]


  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Greendale - Neil Young,Neil Young & Crazy Horse | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-06-03.
  2. ^ Miles, Milo (2003-08-04). "Neil Young Greendale Album Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-06-03.
  3. ^ Durchholz, Daniel; Graff, Gary (2012). "1997-Present". Neil Young: Long May You Run: The Illustrated History (Updated ed.). Voyageur Press. p. 177. ISBN 0760344116. Retrieved March 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ "Greendale Live at Vicar St. (Live) by Neil Young on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2017-01-01.
  5. ^ " Greendale Live At Vicar St.: Neil Young: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2017-01-01.
  6. ^ "NEIL & CRAZY HORSE YOUNG - Greendale 2nd Edition - Music". Retrieved 2017-01-01.
  7. ^ "Neil Young - Greendale Buy Page". Retrieved 2017-01-01.
  8. ^ Reid, Calvin (July 28, 2007). "Vertigo Plans Neil Young Graphic Novel; New Minx Titles". Publishers Weekly. Archived from the original on January 2, 2014.
  9. ^ Ekstrom, Steve. "Joshua Dysart on Neil Young's Greendale at Vertigo". Newsarama. Archived from the original on August 27, 2007.
  10. ^ Lorah, Michael (June 8, 2010). "Touring NEIL YOUNG'S GREENDALE With Writer Josh Dysart". Newsarama. Retrieved June 13, 2010.
  11. ^ Arrant, Chris (June 9, 2010). "Artist Cliff Chiang Welcomes You to Vertigo's GREENDALE". Newsarama. Retrieved June 13, 2010.
  12. ^ Gustines, George Gene (June 15, 2010). "Neil Young's Greendale, Illustrated". New York Times. Retrieved June 15, 2010.

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