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Neil Young – Dead Man (Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture) (1996/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Neil Young – Dead Man (Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture) (1996/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 01:02:16 minutes | 646 MB | Genre: Soundtrack
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Vapor Records

Dead Man is one of those unusual (and often legendary) soundtracks that a director or fan simply “hands over” to a jazz or folk star who improvises to the film that has already been edited. Released in 1996, Jim Jarmusch’s feature film tells the story of the wanderings of William Blake (Johnny Depp) and the Indian Nobody (Gary Farmer) through the Wild West in the late 19th century. Neil Young’s music is light years away from the epic scores found in the golden era of Hollywood westerns and is instead based on just the electric guitar, which is only replaced by an organ for the duration of one track (Organ Solo). The haunting sound of the electric guitar together with the magnificent black and white film plays a key part in creating Dead Man’s strange and psychedelic atmosphere, which is why there are six Guitar Solos on the soundtrack. Sensual, tortured and endearing, Neil Young’s guitar seems bewitched by the film’s visuals and he makes full use of effects like reverberation, distortion and delay. It is rare to find music so physically connected to a film and the marginality of the characters. Among the album’s bravura pieces are the lyrical Solo No.5 (which is almost 15 minutes long), as well as Solo No.6, whose effects sound like the cries of an injured animal. The track ends with the very poignant repetition of two simple notes, and with that the film ends too. It should also be pointed out that there are passages interspersed throughout the album during which Johnny Depp recites poems by William Blake. – Nicolas Magenham

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Neil Young – Fork in the Road (2009/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Neil Young – Fork in the Road (2009/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 38:42 minutes | 803 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Reprise

Neil Young loves vintage automobiles so much he made an album that sounds like them. The drums powering the country-funk get-down “Fuel Line” mimic hammers bashing out dents in rusty hubcaps, while the ’50s-style rocker “Johnny Magic” roars like a muscle car tearing down the blacktop. But not every cut is so explicit. Acoustic and disarmingly honest, “Light a Candle” is a classic Young ballad that meditates on the winding journey that is life.

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Neil Young – ROXY: Tonight’s the Night Live (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Neil Young – ROXY: Tonight’s the Night Live (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 53:09 minutes | 1,9 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © Reprise

Roxy – Tonight’s The Night Live is one of the most sought-after recordings from his vast archives. This was the first public performance of many of the songs that would make up Young’s seminal album Tonight’s The Night, which would not be released until June 1975. The album’s final track “Walk On” would not appear until the release of On The Beach, in July 1974. Young would be the first artist to christen the stage at what would become one of the world’s great clubs, The Roxy Theater on the riotous Sunset Strip, right next door to the already infamous Rainbow Bar & Grille. The shows took place on September 20-22, 1973.

Produced by Young and the late David Briggs, these resultant recordings were mixed by John Nowland with updated post-production and mastering by John Hanlon – along with Chris Bellman – at Bernie Grundman Mastering using the original analog master tape source. Close your eyes and you’ll be right there in that dark, smoky, 500 capacity room in West, L.A. on a hot summer night in 1973. Tonight’s The Night would go on to be named one of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time, and universally praised for it’s dark honesty and unapologetic raw delivery. The very same can be said for Roxy – Tonight’s The Night Live.

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Neil Young – American Stars ‘N Bars (1977/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Neil Young – American Stars ‘N Bars (1977/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 38:09 minutes | 763 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front cover | © Reprise

Neil Young made a point of listing the recording dates of the songs on American Stars ‘n Bars; the dates even appeared on the LP labels. They revealed that the songs had been cut at four different sessions dating back to 1974. But even without such documentation, it would have been easy to tell that the album was a stylistic hodgepodge, its first side consisting of country-tinged material featuring steel guitar and fiddle, plus backup vocals from Linda Ronstadt and the then-unknown Nicolette Larson, while the four songs on the second side varied from acoustic solo numbers like “Will to Love” to raging rockers such as “Like a Hurricane.” Just as apparent was the album’s unevenness: side one consisted of lightweight compositions, while side two had more ambitious ones, with “Will to Love,” for example, extending the romantic metaphor of a salmon swimming upstream across seven minutes. The album’s saving grace was “Like a Hurricane,” one of Young’s classic hard rock songs and guitar workouts, and a perennial concert favorite. Without it, American Stars ‘n Bars would have been one of Young’s least memorable albums, and since it turned up the following year on the compilation Decade, the LP was rendered inessential.

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Neil Young ‎- Greatest Hits (2004) [DVD-Audio ISO]

Neil Young ‎- Greatest Hits (2004)
Genre: Rock | Year: 2004 | Quality: DVD-Audio (96kHz/24Bit, LPCM 2.0) | Bitrate: lossless | Tracks: 16 | Size: 5.42 Gb | Covers: in archive | Release: Reprise / Wea | Note: Not Watermarked

It may be hard to believe, but 2004’s Greatest Hits is not only the first retrospective Neil Young has released since 1977’s Decade, it’s the first ever single-disc collection of his best-known songs. That’s a span of 27 years separating the two collections, which is an awful long time to resist a Greatest Hits disc — many of his peers succumbed, offering countless comps during those years — and such a resistance to a compilation may not be much a surprise from the legendarily prickly Young, but what is a surprise is that 11 of the 16 songs on Greatest Hits were also on Decade. Of the five songs that were not on Decade, only two date from after the ’70s — 1989’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” and 1992’s “Harvest Moon” — while one of the remaining three (1970’s “Only Love Can Break Your Heart”) comes from the time chronicled on Decade; the other two, 1978’s “Comes a Time” and 1979’s “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black),” arrived in the two years of the ’70s not covered on the 1977 compilation. All this means is that Greatest Hits offers the basic canon, with no frills and none of Neil’s trademark idiosyncrasy. Some may miss that cantankerous spirit, pointing out that this contains nothing from his towering twin masterpieces of dark introspection — Tonight’s the Night and On the Beach — or that there’s nothing from Buffalo Springfield (which was covered on Decade) and that noteworthy songs like “Powderfinger,” “Cortez the Killer,” “Lotta Love,” and “Long May You Run” are missing. Ultimately, that doesn’t matter much, because Greatest Hits has all the songs that every Neil Young fan, from the devoted to the casual listener, agrees are his biggest and best: “Down by the River,” “Cinnamon Girl,” “Helpless,” “After the Gold Rush,” “Southern Man,” “Ohio,” “The Needle and the Damage Done,” “Old Man,” “Heart of Gold,” “Like a Hurricane.” And that’s why it works as an all-business introduction for the uninitiated and as a concise summary for those not willing to travel down all the long, winding roads Young has traveled over the years. In other words, it’s as good a compilation as it could have been. [Greatest Hits was released in several editions. In addition to the basic single CD, there was a limited edition containing a DVD video with the promo clips for “Rockin’ in the Free World” and “Harvest Moon.” There was another limited edition with a bonus 7″ record. Finally, it was also released as a high-resolution DVD Audio disc.]

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Neil Young – Hitchhiker (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Neil Young – Hitchhiker (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 33:41 minutes | 1,32 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Front Cover | © 143/Reprise

Neil Young will open his archive and release Hitchhiker, an unreleased new studio album. The 10-track acoustic solo album was recorded in Malibu, CA at Indigo Studio in 1976. The original session was produced by Young’s long-time studio collaborator David Briggs.

Recorded between Zuma and American Stars and Bars as a solo album in a single session, the resultant performances are truly breathtaking and passionate. The simplicity of a single voice and guitar captured here is as pure and powerful as it gets, with only Young, Briggs and actor Dean Stockwell in the room at the time of recording. A few of the songs would not appear on vinyl until years later. Some have never been heard, included in the original sessions for Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s Dume, another unreleased record of original sessions that yielded the classic album, Zuma. When the Hitchhiker album was recorded, none of the included songs had ever been released and many of the performances of the songs were the first ever.

This is truly an album of original performances.

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Neil Young – Peace Trail (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Neil Young – Peace Trail (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 38:22 minutes | 1,3 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | ©  Reprise

Peace Trail features all new songs that Young wrote since the release of his album EARTH, this past June. This new album is primarily acoustic and reflects an intimate, sparse approach to each of the ten songs within.

“Neil Young matches the fire in his belly to the poetry from his pen for one of the most gripping outings of his long career. This riveting collection, a spare acoustic-electric hybrid, seethes with righteous indignation over a plethora of social and political injustices, but also soothes with deeply felt empathy for those on the receiving end of iniquity.” – Los Angeles Times / Randy Lewis

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Neil Young – On The Beach (1974/2003/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/176,4kHz]

Neil Young – On The Beach (1974/2003/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/176,4 kHz | Time – 39:38 minutes | 1,23 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  – Source: PonoMusic | © Reprise Records

On the Beach is the fifth studio album by Neil Young, released in 1974. It was unavailable on compact disc until it was released as a HDCD-encoded remastered version in 2003 as part of his Archives Digital Masterpiece Series. Here is the Hi-Res version of that remaster.

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Neil Young – Greatest Hits (2004/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Neil Young – Greatest Hits (2004/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:17:10 minutes | 2,65 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Reprise Records

How does one represent the career of one of the most distinctive, powerful singer/songwriters of the 20th century in the space of a single CD? By keeping it simple and sticking to the milestones. That’s exactly what „Greatest Hits“ HITS accomplishes, by presenting 16 of Neil Young’s most beloved compositions. The gritty, fuzz-guitar fury of Young’s work with Crazy Horse (‘Cinnamon Girl,’ ‘Hey Hey, My My [Into the Black]’) brushes up against the acoustic-based, country-tinged ‘Old Man’ and ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart,’ as well as haunting, soul-baring ballads such as ‘The Needle and the Damage Done.’ Few would deny that the 1970s were Young’s richest decade, and this collection strongly focuses on those years, skipping most of Young’s genre-hopping ’80s albums and grandfather-of-grunge ’90s recordings, but the gems from those years would make a rewarding sequel to this concise, sterling anthology.

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Neil Young – Le Noise (2010/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Neil Young – Le Noise (2010/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 38:06 minutes | 347 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Reprise

“Le Noise” is the thirty-first studio album by Canadian musician Neil Young. The album was recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Daniel Lanois. “Le Noise” received generally positive reviews with Uncut magazine proclaiming it as the second best album of 2010 in its year-end Top 50 Albums list. This album was number 20 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 30 Best Albums of 2010.

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