After the Gold Rush

Neil Young - After the Gold Rush
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Based on 5 reviews
1970 Ratings: #21 / 94
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Based on 264 ratings
1970 Ratings: #2
September 19, 1970 / Release Date
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Reprise / Label
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With his newfound confidence, Young was poised to stretch, and After the Gold Rush sounds a bit like an overview of the Great American Songbook but with one guy writing almost all the songs.

Rolling Stone

Despite the fact that the album contains some potentially first rate material, none of the songs here rise above the uniformly dull surface.

Under The Radar

There isn't another album quite so quintessentially Neil Young as After the Gold Rush, where he felt so comfortable and confident in his own skin.

“when your old enough to repay, but young enough to sell”

I’ve heard his name thousands of times. I’m from the south, its kind of a given to hear this name or a song from him once or twice. and while flipping through old The Walking Dead comics i come across his name (I’ve remembered Kirkman saying he was a fan Neil Young too) from the infamous Negan (i think so, i couldn’t find the reference this morning anywhere).

so it’s 12AM. Nothing much else to ... read more
May just be the cover talking to me, but this album paints a perfect portrait of someone who roams freely in a physical sense, but is being held down by something on the inside. He's an intriguing, even charming man, one who you know could entertain you with stories of where he's been and what he's seen for hours on end, but there's an underlying melancholy. He wasn't always this carefree: it's both a reaction and a distraction. Your conversation may only last thirty minutes, but you can't get ... read more
#78 Of Jamal's Top 100 Favorite Albums

Never been familiar with Neil Young up and till this point untill now and first impressions
This album is great for the kinda country elements in this album,i don't really enjoy county besides Johnny Cash and this album has the elements of country i like mixed with folk rock
Always come back to this. As soon as those first few notes come in on Tell Me Why, I have to listen to the whole album all the way through. Truly timeless sound.

Favorite Tracks: could never choose

Least Favorite: Oh Lonesome Me
One of the most powerful and amazing country albums I've ever heard. The singing is unique. The instrumention is top notch. And Neil's song writing pulls at your heart strings on almost every single track. I loved it!
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Track List


  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


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