Neil Young (album)

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Neil Young
Neil Young (album) cover.jpg
Studio album by Neil Young
Released January 22, 1969
Recorded August–October 1968
Genre Folk rock
Length 35:32
Label Reprise
Neil Young chronology
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Alternate cover
1969 reissue cover
1969 reissue cover

Neil Young is the self-titled debut studio album by Canadian musician Neil Young, which was his debut release as a solo artist following his departure from the band Buffalo Springfield. Released first on January 22, 1969.[1] it was then partially remixed and re-released in November 1969. In neither case did it appear on the Billboard 200 album chart.


The album was released on January 22, 1969.[1] 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.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork 7.8/10[3]
Rolling Stone favorable[4]

Rolling Stone wrote "in many ways, a delightful reprise of that Springfield sound done a new way."[4] In its retrospective review, AllMusic described it as "an uneven, low-key introduction to Young's solo career".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs 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
No. Title Length
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
No. Title Length
6. "String Quartet from Whiskey Boot Hill" (Jack Nitzsche) 1:04
7. "Here We Are in the Years" 3:27
8. "What Did You Do to My Life?" 2:28
9. "I've Loved Her So Long" 2:40
10. "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 Deihl – cover painting


  1. ^ a b The Village Voice (1969-02-06) "Reprise Ad - Tea Fan Seeks Mate". Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  2. ^ a b William Ruhlmann (1968-11-12). "Neil Young - Neil Young | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  3. ^ "Neil Young: Neil Young / Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere / After the Gold Rush / Harvest | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2009-12-11. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  4. ^ a b Von, Gary (1969-04-05). "Neil Young Neil Young Album Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 

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