Sleeps with Angels

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Sleeps with Angels
Neil Young & Crazy Horse-Sleeps With Angels (album cover).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 16, 1994
RecordedNovember 8, 1993 - April 25, 1994
StudioThe Complex Studios, West Los Angeles, California
LabelWarner Bros
ProducerDavid Briggs, Neil Young
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Sleeps with Angels is the 20th studio album by Canadian musician Neil Young, released on August 16, 1994, on Reprise as a double LP and as a single CD. Co-produced by David Briggs, the album is Young's seventh with Crazy Horse.

Background and recording[edit]

The album was conceived as a conscious attempt to recapture some of the atmospheric experiments Young and Crazy Horse played around with in the After the Gold Rush era. Although the majority of the album was recorded before the fact, Young created the title track after the death of Kurt Cobain, who quoted him in his suicide note. As a result, Sleeps with Angels ended up more than reminiscent of Tonight's the Night; the album is practically a (more sober) 1990s update of the former record, down to the use of the old-school black Reprise label found on original vinyl pressings of Tonight's the Night and the CD version of Sleeps with Angels.[1] The tone of the album is dark and brooding, the one exception being the punk-influenced "Piece of Crap". Two songs ("Western Hero" and "Train of Love") feature the same music with differing lyrics.

Sleeps with Angels is the only Neil Young album on which he plays the flute.[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[3]
Robert ChristgauA−[4]
The Music Box4/5 stars[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Neil Young, except where noted.

1."My Heart" 2:44
2."Prime of Life" 4:02
3."Driveby" 4:43
4."Sleeps With Angels" 2:44
5."Western Hero" 4:00
6."Change Your Mind" 14:39
7."Blue Eden"Molina, Sampedro, Talbot, Young6:22
8."Safeway Cart" 6:29
9."Train of Love" 3:57
10."Trans Am" 4:07
11."Piece of Crap" 3:15
12."A Dream That Can Last" 5:27


Neil Young & Crazy Horse[edit]

Recording personnel[edit]

  • David Briggs - producer, mixing
  • Neil Young - producer, mixing
  • John Hanlon - engineer, mixing
  • Chad Blinman - assistant engineer
  • Roland Alvarez - assistant engineer
  • Joe Gastwirt - digital editing, mastering
  • Tim Mulligan - additional digital editing
  • Tim Foster - production manager
  • Bettina Briggs - production coordinator
  • Sal Trentino - amplifier tech
  • Jim Homan - guitar tech
  • Jerry Conforti - drum tech
  • Mark Humphreys - live monitors



Album - Billboard

Year Chart Position
1994 The Billboard 200 9


Singles - Billboard

Year Single Chart Position
1994 "Change Your Mind" Mainstream Rock Tracks 18


  1. ^ "Sleeps With Angels: Neil Young, Crazy Horse: Music". Retrieved 2013-05-27.
  2. ^ "iTunes - Music - Sleeps With Angels by Neil Young". 1994-08-05. Retrieved 2013-05-27.
  3. ^ William Ruhlmann. "Sleeps with Angels - Neil Young,Neil Young & Crazy Horse | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-06-03.
  4. ^ "Album: Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Sleeps With Angels". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2015-06-03.
  5. ^ John Metzger. "Neil Young - Sleeps with Angels (Album Review)". Retrieved 2015-06-03.