Harvest Moon (album)

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Harvest Moon
Harvest - neil young.jpg
Studio album by Neil Young
Released November 2, 1992[1]
Recorded September 1991 - February 1992 at Redwood Digital, Woodside (except "Natural Beauty" at Portland Auditorium, OR, and strings on "Such A Woman" recorded at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA)
Genre Roots rock, folk rock, country rock
Length 51:58
Label Reprise
Producer Neil Young, Ben Keith
Neil Young chronology
Harvest Moon
Lucky Thirteen
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]

Harvest Moon is the twentieth studio album by Canadian musician Neil Young, released on November 2, 1992. Many of the musicians appearing on it also appeared on his 1972 album Harvest, and it is considered by many to be like a "sequel" to Harvest.


Recovering from a case of tinnitus that had come about after the recording of Ragged Glory (1990) and its subsequent tour (which produced the 1991 albums Weld and Arc), Young returned to the studio with Ben Keith, picking up the acoustic guitar, piano and banjo that had dominated albums such as Harvest, Comes a Time and Old Ways.

The subsequent 1992 tour was recorded and ultimately released on the 2009 Dreamin' Man live album, containing renditions of all Harvest Moon tracks in a different order.


Music website Classic Rock Review named Harvest Moon its album of the year for 1992.[4] It earned the 1994 Juno Award for album of the year. Matthew Greenwald of AllMusic described the melody of the title track as "positively gorgeous".[5] The album continued Young's commercial and critical resurgence following Freedom and Ragged Glory, eventually outselling both of those records. The song "Harvest Moon" topped the AARP's list of "16 Songs Everyone Over 50 Should Own."

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Neil Young.

No. Title Length
1. "Unknown Legend"   4:32
2. "From Hank to Hendrix"   5:12
3. "You and Me"   3:45
4. "Harvest Moon"   5:03
5. "War of Man"   5:41
6. "One of These Days"   4:55
7. "Such a Woman"   4:36
8. "Old King"   2:57
9. "Dreamin' Man"   4:36
10. "Natural Beauty" (recorded live at The Civic Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, January 23, 1992) 10:22


The Stray Gators

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Larry Cragg — backing vocals on "War of Man"
  • Nicolette Larson — backing vocals on "You and Me," "War of Man," "Such a Woman," "Old King," "Dreamin' Man," "Natural Beauty"
  • Linda Ronstadt — backing vocals on "Unknown Legend," "From Hank to Hendrix," "Harvest Moon," "War of Man," "One of These Days"
  • James Taylor — backing vocals on "From Hank to Hendrix," "War of Man," "One of These Days"
  • Astrid Young — backing vocals on "War of Man," "Such a Woman," "Dreamin' Man"
  • Jack Nitzschestring arrangement on "Such a Woman"
  • Suzie Katayama — conductor on "Such a Woman"
  • Maria Newmanconcertmaster on "Such a Woman"
  • Maria Newman, Israel Baker, Betty Byers, Berg Garabedian, Harris Goldman, Robin Lorentz, Cindy McGurty, Haim Shtrum — violins on "Such a Woman"
  • Valerie Dimond, Matt Funes, Rick Gerding, Carrie Prescott, David Stenske, Adriana Zoppo — violas on "Such a Woman"
  • Larry Corbett, Ericka Duke, Greg Gottlieb, David Shamban — cellos on "Such a Woman"



Year Chart Position
1992 The Billboard 200 16


Year Single Chart Position
1992 "War of Man" Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 7
1993 "Unknown Legend" Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 38
1993 "Harvest Moon" UK Singles Chart 36


Organization Level Date
RIAAU.S. Gold January 15, 1993
RIAAU.S. Platinum February 3, 1993
RIAAU.S. 2.00x Multi-Platinum July 16, 1997


American singers Ann Wilson and Alison Krauss recorded a cover of "War of Man" for Wilson's 2007 album Hope & Glory.


  1. ^ http://www.neilyoung.com/archives/discography/items/ny-hm.html
  2. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine (1992-10-27). "Harvest Moon - Neil Young | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  3. ^ Kot, Greg (1992-11-26). "Neil Young Harvest Moon Album Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  4. ^ "Classic Rock Review of Harvest Moon by Neil Young". Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Harvest Moon – Neil Young". AllMusic. Retrieved March 5, 2012.