Neil Young
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One of the most adored rock artists, guitarists and singers of all time, Neil Young inspires a devotion that reminds you of the true meaning of “fanaticism”. Born in 1945, in Toronto, Canada, he found fame when he relocated to Los Angeles in 1965. Ostensibly setting out to hook up with Stephen Still, Young made the journey in a converted hearse with friend Bruce Palmer. By chance, Stills spotted the pair in a traffic jam and the trio began playing with Richie Furay and Dewey Martin as Buffalo Springfield.

Young’s for that group, ‘Mr Soul’, ‘Expecting To Fly, and ‘Broken Arrow’, were in the confessional folk style that Young then made his own on a string of classic albums in the late 60s and early 70s. However, renowned for having a contrary side, Young didn’t always stick to that template. His on-going work with Crazy Horse often rips up the rulebook and goes for broke – one of the reasons why Young was dubbed The Godfather Of Grunge.

As one of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, he achieved superstardom but always seemed happier ploughing his own furrow. Young’s prolific output (it’s not unheard of for him to release several albums in one year; and then there’s a litany of unreleased projects) stretches from an eponymous debut to 2016’s polemical Peace Trail, and encompasses many a groundbreaking work, among them After The Gold Rush (1970), On The Beach (1974), Tonight’s The Night (1975) and Live Rust (1979). Most of his albums have gone either gold or platinum, and his status is such that he’s been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame twice, as a solo artist and with Buffalo Springfield, while he also holds the Orders of Canada and Manitoba.

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Essential Albums

After the Gold Rush

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Harvest

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On The Beach

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Tonight's The Night

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Zuma

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Harvest Moon

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Rust Never Sleeps

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Ragged Glory

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Time Fades away

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Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

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