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"Heart of Gold" from 1972's Harvest is Neil Young's only number one hit single in his long musical career. The song, on the surface, seems to be a plea for the redemption of all-conquering love. With James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt singing backup, the song was a made for radio hit waiting to happen. And amazingly, the song continues to be among the most requested and performed in concert.
(Listen to MP3 sample clip of "Heart of Gold" here)
"Heart of Gold" has been performed in concert 548 times since its initial live debut on 01/10/71 at the University Of Oregon, Eugene, OR through 11/06/03 at Harbour Fest, Hong Kong, China according to The Neil Young Tour Statistics page. The song disappeared from setlists only during the seven year period from 11/20/76, Palladium, New York City, NY and 01/10/83, Fair Park Music Hall, Dallas, TX being performed only once on 11/12/77, Bicentennial Park, Miami, FL.
The only song more frequently performed in concert than "Heart of Gold" is Powderfinger at 605 times through 2004.
From the album Decade's hand written liner notes by Neil himself on the hit song "Heart of Gold":
The song's appeal has led numerous artists to cover the song. In 2004, Johnny Cash's 'UnEarthed' box set featured a stark rendition as only Cash could deliver in his final days in the recording studio before passing. Other artists which have covered "Heart of Gold" over the years include: Tori Amos, Stereophonics, Better Than Ezra, and Willie Nelson.
From a Funhouse! review of the Harvest (1972) album:
We all know there's a 'fine line' that cannot be defined which makes all the difference."
In 2003, RollingStone.com Magazine listed "Harvest" as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All time at #78. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine selected "Heart of Gold" as one of the 500 greatest songs of all times.
A curious sidenote to Neil's song "Heart of Gold" is the song by America called "A Horse With No Name". From the America box set booklet:
In an ironic footnote, America's song "A Horse With No Name" replaced Neil Young's "Heart of Gold", also an acoustic number, as the No. 1 song on the Billboard Charts during 1972.
Not convinced yet? See this if you still think Neil Young recorded "A Horse With No Name". (Note posting date.)
Neil Young's Harvest (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Sam Inglis
"Thirty Three and a Third" is a series of books about critically acclaimed and much-loved albums of the last 40 years. From the book by Sam Inglis, editor at Sound on Sound magazine in London:
For all its ubiquity, `Heart Of Gold' is a slight affair: an effortless, straightforward melody set to a sparse four-chord backing, with a lyric amounting to barely ten lines. Young is adept enough to avoid falling into rock 'n' roll cliche, but at the same time, there's little of the emotional directness that characterises his most powerful work. The only hint of autobiography is a glancing mention of Redwood, California, where Neil's ranch is located. Other than that, the theme is simply the search for love, couched in the most general terms."
Scheduled for release in early 2006, the working title of the Jonathan Demme film of Neil Young's August 2005 concerts is "Heart of Gold".
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Over the course of Neil's long career stretching back to the early 1960's and his work in Canada with The Squires, through the 70's, 80's, 90's, and into the 21st century, he has produced major albums which both directly and indirectly shaped the music of generations. With over 40 albums with bands including The Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and Crazy Horse, Young has never been easily categorized with influences ranging from folk, rock, punk, grunge, country, blues, and synth.
Neil Young's 1979 "Rust Never Sleeps" marked a major shift in artistic direction for both Young and the entire music industry. "Rust Never Sleeps" signaled Young's recognition that that there was new force in music -- namely punk -- and that the face of Rock-n-Roll would change forever.
Again at the end of the 80's, the album "Freedom" marked the fall of the Berlin wall and became the anthem for a new era of persoanl freedom and music.
Rolling Stone's Paul Nelson writes on the Boarding House shows in San Francisco, CA in 1978:
Like Muhammad Ali, he may well be the greatest."
John Rockwell writes in the New York Times of Neil's best film effort:
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions and answers to Neil trivia. Many of the standard questions like "What's the meaning of 'Powderfinger'" song lyrics?, "Can Neil really out jam Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page?, "Were Lynyrd Skynard and Neil Young friends or enemies?", and "What song did Kurt Cobain quote in his suicide note?" and lots more.
And if you're wondering whether Neil really has a Heart of Gold, check out a listing of the Benefit Concerts at which he has performed over the years, including Live AID, Farm AID, and the Bridge School Concerts.
Also, check out Thrasher's Neil Young blog for more. It has articles on Neil's influence on other artists like Pearl Jam, Lucinda Williams, Wilco, The Jayhawks, My Morning Jacket and others. So keep on searching for that heart of gold!