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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 2, 1981 (1981-11-02)
RecordedOctober 9, 1980 – July 21, 1981
StudioModern Recorders, Redwood City, California
ProducerDavid Briggs, Tim Mulligan & Neil Young with Jerry Napier
Neil Young chronology
Hawks & Doves

Re·ac·tor is the eleventh studio album by Canadian folk rock musician Neil Young, and his fourth with American rock band Crazy Horse, released in November 2, 1981.


Musical style[edit]

The album marked Young's first use of the Synclavier, which would be featured heavily on the subsequent albums Trans (1982) and Landing on Water (1986).[citation needed]

The song "Shots" had originally been performed live in 1978 as a ballad.

In 2003, Greg Cot of Chicago Tribune proclaimed that Re·ac·tor "works up a punk-blues racket [...] that sounds as shaggy and disheveled as anything the Replacements recorded".[2] AllMusic opined the album to contain "guitar-drenched hard rock made up of thrown-together material".[1]


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+[4]

William Ruhlmann of AllMusic was largely dismissive of Re·ac·tor,[1] awarding the record only two-out-of-five stars,[1] although praised "Shots" as " a more substantive and threatening song given a riveting performance".[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Neil Young.

Side one
  1. "Opera Star" – 3:31
  2. "Surfer Joe and Moe the Sleaze" – 4:15
  3. T-Bone" – 9:10
  4. "Get Back on It" – 2:14
Side two
  1. "Southern Pacific" – 4:07
  2. "Motor City" – 3:11
  3. "Rapid Transit" – 4:35
  4. "Shots" – 7:42



  1. ^ a b c d e f William Ruhlmann. "Re-ac-tor - Neil Young,Neil Young & Crazy Horse | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
  2. ^ a b Kot, Greg (24 August 2003). "`Greendale' a trip through Neil Young's career". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Neil Young: On the Beach / American Stars 'n' Bars / Hawks & Doves / Re-ac-tor | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2003-09-30. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (March 9, 1982). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved December 22, 2016.

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