On the Beach is the fifth studio album by Neil Young, released in July 1974.
But where Time was embattled and Tonight mournful, On the Beach was savage and, ultimately, triumphant. s Laurel Canyon ("Revolution Blues"); answering back to Lynyrd Skynyrd, whose "Sweet Home Alabama" had taken him to task for his criticisms of the South in "Southern.
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has the air of a drunken wake about it, OTB is more of a singular stoner's take on his life in relation to world events. It's a wake for a whole decade. Thirty years on this remains an essential album if you ever want to get even the slightest glimpse of what makes Young an enigma and a genius. Raw, ragged, desultory: it's all of the above. It's also staggeringly moving and, yes, it's probably his best album.
Four studio albums of rock icon Neil Young have never been released on CD, even though each was a Top 30 hit, two of them gold certified.
A great Neil Young album 2nd only to Gold Rush . Ambulance Blues, Vampire Blues, Walk On, See the Sky About To Rain are amazing tracks but the title track On The Beach is the best track here. The only slightly low point is For The Turnstiles but this album should be rated much Higher than Harvest or Rust. This one keeps growing on me. It's rising up the ranks of my favourite Neil Young albums having already surpassed Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Rust Never Sleeps and Harvest, and it's hot on the heels of After The Gold Rush, which is one of my favourite albums of all time. I really appreciate the bareness of the sound, which, when coupled with the sometimes disillusioned and cynical lyrics, makes this a very emotive album.
Together, they encapsulate the creative and personal whirlwind that was Neil Young's life as the seventies reached their midway point. The CSNY tour represented in many ways the apex of Young's commercial resonance amongst rock's pantheon of giants. Two years earlier had seen the release of the smash hit Harvest, its delicate country-folk catchiness propelling the enigmatic Canadian to the top of the charts amid a wave of popular acclaim. Finally, the album comes tumbling to a close with exquisite emotional potency with the epic, blearily psychedelic song-poem that is 'Ambulance Blues', a strange voyage through Young's past in Canada to his traumatised presence via a few meanderings into the realms of politics and music criticism. Of all Young's albums, On The Beach may be the hardest to describe musically, such is the way it sits between identifiable genres.
Neil Young's "On the Beach" was the second entry in his famed "Ditch Trilogy", a series of three records released in the wake of his chart-topping and "Harvest". Named "one of the most despairing albums of the decade" by Rolling Stone upon its release in 1974, it contrasts with much of his previous work due to its crude and bleak production. Regardless, it is known to contain some of his best work and represents an important stage of his extensive solo career. See the Sky About to Rain" is the only Harvest-era track on the album, showcasing Young's Wurlitzer electric piano. Lyrically, it's not the most complex, but acts very well in its respective context. This is followed by "Revolution Blues", the first track of the so-called "blues trilogy". It's a taut, tense rocker inspired by cult leader Charles Manson.
Neil Young's Ditch Trilogy continued with the release of 'On the Beach' on July 19, 1974. That notion of beauty coming to an untimely halt was hinted at on the cover, which features a haunting beach scene: The tail fins of a vintage Cadillac stick out of the sand next to a picnic table, as Young stares out over the ocean. Still, those expecting a repeat of the pristine country-rock of Harvest were in for a shock. Sure, t Ben Keith and bassist Tim Drummond reprised their roles, with Keith contributing some weeping pedal steel guitar to "See the Sky About to Rain" and Dobro on "For the Turnstiles.