Best Sellers From The ’70s: Neil Young’s Harvest

Forty Years Gone: Neil Young Sings A "New" Song Called "Heart Of Gold," 1971 (YouTube)

Forty Years Gone: Neil Young Sings a "New" Song Called "Heart of Gold," 1971 (YouTube)

Love and death, set to country rhythms and steel guitars. So it was with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Neil Young[/lastfm]’s most popular record, Harvest.

Indeed, a 10-song, 37-minute set that found Young recording while wearing a full-on back brace, no doubt urging on the pain heard in his voice.

Recorded at various times and in various places, including Nashville’s Quadraphonic Sound and London’s Barking Town Hall, there’s a certain sadness about the record, a vulnerability, a unreconciled sense of uncertainty.

Along with the “hits” like “Old Man” and “Heart of Gold” (which included [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Linda Ronstadt[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]James Taylor[/lastfm]), FM radio embraced “The Needle and the Damage Done” and “A Man Needs a Maid.” Forty years gone, there isn’t a tune in the set that’s not considered a classic.

It has sold over 4,000,000 copies since 1972.

What was hot forty years ago? Find out with more Best Sellers from the ’70s here…

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