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Studio album by Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Released November 2, 1981 (1981-11-02)
Recorded October 9, 1980 – July 21, 1981
Studio Modern Recorders, Redwood City, California
Genre Hard rock, new wave
Length 39:06
Label Reprise
Producer Neil Young, Tim Mulligan, David Briggs, Jerry Napier
Neil Young chronology
Hawks & Doves
(1980)Hawks & Doves1980

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

Critical reception to the album was generally poor except for the accolades accorded to the album closer "Shots." 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).

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
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork (6.8/10)[2]
The Village Voice B+[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Neil Young.

Side one
No. Title Length
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
No. Title Length
5. "Southern Pacific" 4:07
6. "Motor City" 3:11
7. "Rapid Transit" 4:35
8. "Shots" 7:42


  • 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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