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Studio album by Neil Young and Crazy Horse
ReleasedNovember 2, 1981 (1981-11-02)
RecordedOctober 9, 1980 – July 21, 1981
StudioModern Recorders, Redwood City, California
GenreHard rock, new wave
ProducerNeil Young, Tim Mulligan, David Briggs, Jerry Napier
Neil Young chronology
Hawks & Doves

Re·ac·tor is the eleventh studio album by Canadian musician Neil Young, and his fourth with Crazy Horse, released in 1981. The album took the electric guitar-focused approach that Young took in his late 1970s records with Crazy Horse, and combined it with early 1980s new wave rhythms.[citation needed]

Critical reception to the album was generally poor except for the accolades accorded to the album closer "Shots."[citation needed] The album marked the first use by Young of the Synclavier which would be featured heavily on several of his later albums: Trans (1982) and Landing on Water (1986).[citation needed]

The album features the Serenity Prayer on its back cover ("'Deus dona mihi serenitatem accipere res quae non possum mutare fortitudinem mutare res quae possum atque sapientiam differentiam cognoscere'" – "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference").

It was unavailable on compact disc until it was released as a HDCD-encoded remastered version on August 19, 2003 as part of the Neil Young Archives Digital Masterpiece Series.

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
The Village VoiceB+[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Neil Young.

Side one
1."Opera Star"3:31
2."Surfer Joe and Moe the Sleaze"4:15
4."Get Back on It"2:14
Side two
5."Southern Pacific"4:07
6."Motor City"3:11
7."Rapid Transit"4:35


  • Neil Young – guitar, piano, vocals, synth, solina

Crazy Horse


  1. ^ William Ruhlmann. "Re-ac-tor - Neil Young,Neil Young & Crazy Horse | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
  2. ^ "Neil Young: On the Beach / American Stars 'n' Bars / Hawks & Doves / Re-ac-tor | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2003-09-30. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (March 9, 1982). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved December 22, 2016.

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