After the Gold Rush

After the Gold Rush is Neil Youngs third solo album and it was released in 1970. The Album cover shows Neil Young in an urban environment and no longer in the country as the covers of two previous albums. The photography is solarised which gives Neils face a plastic look.

After the Gold Rush cover

Songs

1. Tell Me Why
2.  After the Gold Rush
3.  Only Love Can Break Your Heart
4. Southern Man
5. Till the Morning Comes
6. Oh Lonesome Me
7. Don't Let It Bring You Down
8. Birds
9. When You Dance I Can Really Love
10. I Believe in You
11. Cripple Creek Ferry

From the first song, the sound is obviously different from Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere with a very clear production and clean acoustic guitar with a mix of strumming and fingerpicking. Sometimes the guitar is replaced with a piano, as in the title song “After the Gold Rush” (at Live at the Cellar Door which featuring live performances from 1970s Neil could be heard saying that he has played piano seriously for just a year).

The songs on this album may be harder to like in the beginning compared to Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, but they get better with every listening. That holds also true regarding the critics acclaim that have grown with time.

The lyrics are sometimes filled with imagery, like in “After the Gold Rush”, there the second verse begins:

I was lying in a burned out basement
With the full moon in my eyes.
I was hoping for replacement
When the sun burst thru the sky.
There was a band playing in my head
And I felt like getting high.

And the beginning of the third verse continues:

Well, I dreamed I saw the silver
Space ships flying
In the yellow haze of the sun,

With After the Gold Rush Neil Young would establish himself as one of the absolute biggest music artists around. Finally, it could be worth mentioning that “Oh Lonesome Me” actually was written by the songwriter and musician Don Gibson.

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