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Reprise

Album Review

Given the quirkiness of Neil Young's recording career, with its frequent cancellations of releases and last-minute rearrangements of material, it is a relief to report that this two-disc compilation is so conventional and so satisfying. A 35-track selection of the best of Young's work between 1966 and 1976, it includes songs performed by Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and the Stills-Young Band, as well as solo work. In addition to five unreleased songs, Decade offers such key tracks as the Springfield's "Mr. Soul," "Broken Arrow," and "I Am a Child"; "Sugar Mountain," a song that had appeared only as a single before; "Cinnamon Girl," "Down by the River," and "Cowgirl in the Sand" from Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere; "Southern Man" and the title track from After the Gold Rush; and "Old Man" and the chart-topping "Heart of Gold" from Harvest. This is the material that built Young's reputation between 1966 and 1972, although he is more idiosyncratic with the later material, including the blockbusters "Like a Hurricane" and "Cortez the Killer" but mixing in more unreleased recordings as the set draws to a close. He seems intent on making the album a listenable one that will appeal to a broad base of fans, and he succeeds despite the exclusion of much of the harrowing work of 1973-1975. Nevertheless, the album is an ideal sampler for new listeners, and since there is no one-disc Young compilation covering any significant portion of his career, this lengthy chronicle is the place to start.
William Ruhlmann, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Down to the Wirehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/down-to-the-wire/id150114342?i=150109316&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Burnedhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/burned/id150114342?i=150109530&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Mr. Soulhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/mr-soul/id150114342?i=150109665&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Broken Arrowhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/broken-arrow/id150114342?i=150109780&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Expecting to Flyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/expecting-to-fly/id150114342?i=150110133&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Sugar Mountainhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/sugar-mountain/id150114342?i=150110340&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. I Am a Childhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/i-am-a-child/id150114342?i=150110613&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. The Lonerhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-loner/id150114342?i=150110713&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. The Old Laughing Ladyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-old-laughing-lady/id150114342?i=150110808&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Cinnamon Girlhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/cinnamon-girl/id150114342?i=150110851&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Down by the Riverhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/down-by-the-river/id150114342?i=150110885&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Cowgirl in the Sandhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/decade/id150114342?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. I Believe in Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/i-believe-in-you/id150114342?i=150111486&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. After the Gold Rushhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/after-the-gold-rush/id150114342?i=150111704&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. Southern Manhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/southern-man/id150114342?i=150111739&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Helplesshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/helpless/id150114342?i=150111841&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. Ohiohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/decade/id150114342?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. Soldierhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/decade/id150114342?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. Old Manhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/decade/id150114342?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  20. A Man Needs a Maidhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/decade/id150114342?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  21. Harvesthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/decade/id150114342?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  22. Heart of Goldhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/decade/id150114342?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  23. Star of Bethlehemhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/decade/id150114342?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  24. The Needle and the Damage Donehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/decade/id150114342?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  25. Tonight's the Night, Pt. 1http://itunes.apple.com/album/decade/id150114342?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  26. Tired Eyeshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/decade/id150114342?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  27. Walk Onhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/decade/id150114342?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  28. For the Turnstileshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/decade/id150114342?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  29. Winterlonghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/decade/id150114342?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  30. Deep Forbidden Lakehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/decade/id150114342?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  31. Like a Hurricanehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/decade/id150114342?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  32. Love Is a Rosehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/decade/id150114342?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  33. Cortez the Killerhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/decade/id150114342?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  34. Campaignerhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/decade/id150114342?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  35. Long May You Runhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/decade/id150114342?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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