Neil Young (album)

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Neil Young
Neil Young (album) cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 12, 1968
or January 22, 1969
RecordedAugust–October 1968
GenreFolk rock
Neil Young chronology
Neil Young
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Singles from Neil Young
  1. "The Loner"
    Released: February 21, 1969

Neil Young is the self-titled debut studio album by Canadian musician Neil Young following his departure from Buffalo Springfield in 1968, issued on Reprise Records. Some sources place the album's release date on January 22, 1969,[1] while other sources have the release date as Young's 23rd birthday, November 12, 1968.[2][3][4] It was then partially remixed and re-released in November 1969, but at no time has the album ever charted on the Billboard 200.

Release history[edit]

The first release used the Haeco-CSG encoding system. This technology was intended to make stereo records compatible with mono record players, but had the unfortunate side effect of degrading the sound. Young was unhappy with the first release. "The first mix was awful", he was reported as saying in Cash Box of September 6, 1969. "I was trying to bury my voice, because I didn't like the way it sounded."[citation needed]

The album was therefore remixed (as announced in Rolling Stone issue 47, from December 13), and re-released without Haeco-CSG processing. The words "Neil Young" were added to the album cover after what was left of the original stock had been used up, so copies of both mixes exist in the original sleeve. Copies of the original mix are now rare and sought-after, because many[who?] Neil Young fans believe that the remix diminished the songs, especially "Here We Are in the Years".

Neil Young was remastered and released on HDCD-encoded compact discs and digital download on July 14, 2009 as part of the Neil Young Archives Original Release Series. It was released on audiophile vinyl in December 2009, both individually and as part of a box-set of Neil's first four LPs available via his official website. This box set was limited to 1000 copies; a CD version of 3000 copies also exists. A high resolution digital Blu-ray disc is planned, although no release date has been set.

On April 4, 2019, the first release using the Haeco-CSG encoding system was made available to stream for one week to non-subscribers and for all time to subscribers on the Neil Young Archives website.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stonefavorable[7]

Rolling Stone wrote "in many ways, a delightful reprise of that Springfield sound done a new way."[7] In its retrospective review, AllMusic described it as "an uneven, low-key introduction to Young's solo career".[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Neil Young, except where noted. Arrangements on "The Old Laughing Lady", "String Quartet from Whiskey Boot Hill" and "I've Loved Her So Long" by Young, Nitzsche and Ry Cooder.

Side one
  1. "The Emperor of Wyoming" – 2:14
  2. "The Loner" – 3:55
  3. "If I Could Have Her Tonight" – 2:15
  4. "I've Been Waiting for You" – 2:30
  5. "The Old Laughing Lady" – 5:58
Side two
  1. "String Quartet from Whiskey Boot Hill" (Jack Nitzsche) – 1:04
  2. "Here We Are in the Years" – 3:27
  3. "What Did You Do to My Life?" – 2:28
  4. "I've Loved Her So Long" – 2:40
  5. "The Last Trip to Tulsa" – 9:25



  • David Briggs – production
  • Dale Batchelor, Donn Landee, Mark Richardson, Henry Saskowski – engineering
  • Rik Pekkonen – arrangements, engineering
  • Danny Kelly – photography
  • Ed Thrasher – album art direction
  • Roland Diehl – cover painting


  1. ^ The Village Voice (1969-02-06) "Reprise Ad – Tea Fan Seeks Mate". Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  2. ^ NME website retrieved 19 August 2018.
  3. ^ Hyperrust website retrieved 19 August 2018.
  4. ^ Ultimate Classic Rock Neil Young debut album retrieved 19 August 2018.
  5. ^ a b William Ruhlmann (November 12, 1968). "Neil Young – Neil Young | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "Neil Young: Neil Young / Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere / After the Gold Rush / Harvest | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. December 11, 2009. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ a b Von, Gary (April 5, 1969). "Neil Young Neil Young Album Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 4, 2015.

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