Neil Young (Canadian singer, songwriter & musician)

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Legal name: Neil Percival Young


Neil Percival Young, OC OM (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician. He began performing in a group covering Shadows instrumentals in Canada in 1960, before moving to California in 1966, where he co-founded the band Buffalo Springfield together with Stephen Stills and Richie Furay, and later joined Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1969. He released his first album in 1968 and has since forged a successful and acclaimed solo career, spanning over 45 years and 35 studio albums, with a continuous and uncompromizing exploration of musical styles. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website describes Young as "one of rock and roll's greatest songwriters and performers". He was inducted into the Hall of Fame twice, first as a solo artist in 1995, and second as a member of Buffalo Springfield in 1997.

Young's music is characterized by his distinctive guitar work, deeply personal lyrics and characteristic alto or high tenor singing voice. Although he accompanies himself on several different instruments, including piano and harmonica, his idiosyncratic electric and acoustic guitar playing are the defining characteristics of a varyingly ragged and melodic sound.

While Young has experimented with differing music styles throughout a varied career, including electronic music, most of his best known work is either acoustic folk-rock and country rock or electric, amplified hard rock (most often in collaboration with the band Crazy Horse). Musical styles such as alternative rock and grunge also adopted elements from Young. His influence has caused some to dub him the "Godfather of Grunge".

Young has directed (or co-directed) a number of films using the pseudonym Bernard Shakey, including Journey Through the Past (1973), Rust Never Sleeps (1979), Human Highway (1982), Greendale (2003), and CSNY/Déjà Vu (2008). He has also contributed to the soundtracks of films including Philadelphia (1993) and Dead Man (1995).

Young is an environmentalist and outspoken advocate for the welfare of small farmers, having co-founded in 1985 the benefit concert Farm Aid. He is currently working on a documentary about electric car technology, tentatively titled LincVolt. The project involves his 1959 Lincoln Continental converted to hybrid technology as an environmentalist statement. In 1986, Young helped found The Bridge School, an educational organization for children with severe verbal and physical disabilities, and its annual supporting Bridge School Benefit concerts, together with his ex-wife Pegi Young (née Morton). Young has three children: sons Zeke (born during his relationship with actress Carrie Snodgress) and Ben, who were diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and daughter Amber Jean who, like Young, has epilepsy. Young lives on his ranch near La Honda, California. Although he has lived in northern California since the 1970s and sings as frequently about US themes and subjects as he does about his native country, he has retained his Canadian citizenship. On July 14, 2006, Young was awarded the Order of Manitoba, and on December 30, 2009, was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 Neil Young Neil Young 3.35 9
1969 Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere Neil Young with Crazy Horse 4.75 14
1970 After the Gold Rush Neil Young 4.85 13
1972 Harvest Neil Young 4.85 16
1974 On the Beach Neil Young 4 6
1975 Tonight’s the Night Neil Young 4.5 5
1975 Zuma Neil Young with Crazy Horse 5 6
1977 American Stars 'n Bars Neil Young 3 5
1978 Comes a Time Neil Young 4 8
1979 Rust Never Sleeps Neil Young & Crazy Horse 3 8
1980 Hawks & Doves Neil Young 5
1981 Re-ac-tor Neil Young & Crazy Horse 5
1982 Trans Neil Young 5 5
1983 Everybody’s Rockin’ Neil Young & The Shocking Pinks 4
1985 Old Ways Neil Young 6
1986 Landing on Water Neil Young 2
1987 Life Neil Young & Crazy Horse 4 6
1988 This Note's for You Neil Young & The Bluenotes 4 4
1989 Freedom Neil Young 3.25 5
1990 Ragged Glory Neil Young & Crazy Horse 4 5
1992 Harvest Moon Neil Young 3.5 6
1994 Sleeps With Angels Neil Young & Crazy Horse 4.65 4
1995 Mirror Ball Neil Young 4 4
1996 Broken Arrow Neil Young with Crazy Horse 3 5
2000 Silver & Gold Neil Young 5
2002 Are You Passionate? Neil Young 2.5 2
2003 Greendale Neil Young & Crazy Horse 3.75 4
2005 Prairie Wind Neil Young 4
2006 Living With War Neil Young 4 3
2006 Living With War: In the Beginning Neil Young 3 2
2007 Chrome Dreams II Neil Young 5
2009 Fork in the Road Neil Young 3 6
2010 Le Noise Neil Young 4 5
2012 Americana Neil Young with Crazy Horse 4 7
2012 Psychedelic Pill Neil Young with Crazy Horse 3 5
2014 A Letter Home Neil Young 7
2014 Storytone Neil Young 6
2015 The Monsanto Years Neil Young + Promise of the Real 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 Decade Neil Young 5 5
1993 Lucky Thirteen Neil Young 3
2001 Mystery Train Neil Young 2
2004 Greatest Hits Neil Young 5 4
2009 Archives, Vol. 1: 1963–1972 Neil Young 3
2012 Time Fades Away / Where the Buffalo Roam Neil Young 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1973 Time Fades Away Neil Young 3.5 3
1979 Live Rust Neil Young & Crazy Horse 8
1991 Weld Neil Young & Crazy Horse 5 3
1993 Unplugged Neil Young 5
1994 Trans World Tour Neil Young 1
1995 Live in Stockholm Neil Young & Pearl Jam 1

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