Landing on Water

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Landing on Water
Studio album by Neil Young
Released July 21, 1986 (1986-07-21)
Recorded August 1983 - March 1986
Studio Broken Arrow Ranch, Woodside, California and Record One, Los Angeles
Genre Rock, new wave
Length 40:04
Label Geffen
Producer Danny Kortchmar, Neil Young
Neil Young chronology
Old Ways
(1985)Old Ways1985
Landing on Water

Landing on Water is the 15th studio album by Canadian musician Neil Young. The album was released on July 21, 1986, by Geffen Records. Several of the songs on the album were resurrected from Neil Young and Crazy Horse's failed 1984 sessions - a set of sessions where, according to longtime producer David Briggs, the musicians "played like monkeys".

Landing on Water came after Young settled out of court with Geffen Records. Geffen sued Young for $3.3 million, on the grounds that Young's mid-'80s records were non-commercial and musically uncharacteristic. Later, David Geffen would personally apologize to Young for the lawsuit and interfering with his work.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C+[2]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Neil Young.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Weight of the World" 3:40
2. "Violent Side" 4:22
3. "Hippie Dream" 4:11
4. "Bad News Beat" 3:18
5. "Touch the Night" 4:30
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "People on the Street" 4:33
7. "Hard Luck Stories" 4:06
8. "I Got a Problem" 3:16
9. "Pressure" 2:46
10. "Drifter" 5:05


  • Niko Bolas – engineer, mixing
  • Richard Bosworth – engineer
  • Julie Last – engineer
  • Laura LiPuma – design
  • Louis Magor – choir director
  • Tim Mulligan – engineer
  • Doug Sax – mastering, original mastering
  • Duane Seykora – engineer
  • Bernard Shakey - art director



Country Peak Position Weeks
Canada 40
US 46
UK 52 2
Sweden 15 8
Chart Peak Position
The Billboard 200 58


Single Chart Peak Position
Touch The Night Billboard - Mainstream Rock 8
Weight Of The World Billboard - Mainstream Rock 33


  1. ^ William Ruhlmann. "Landing on Water - Neil Young | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  2. ^ "CG: neil young". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  3. ^ Farber, Jim (1986-09-25). "Neil Young Landing On Water Album Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-06-02.