“Disappointed” I consider my self a good listener for any kind of music.
I’ve never heard Neil Youngs songs before this hits collection. When I saw this CD on the shelf I picked it up without a second thought because I have listened to many people talking about how much influential he was back in the seventies.
I am sorry Neil Young friends but I am very dissapointed from what I’ve heard. I mean the guy sounds like a child with a bad voice. His guitar playing is ammateur (I play better than he does) and the melodies are over simplistic.
I know that you will say that “Neil Young power is on his lyrics”. But I must remind you this: A song is comprised by the music part and the lyric part. I believe that Young tries to hide his poor music abilities behind his over sophisticated lyrics which I don’t have the time and patience to “decode”.
One question would be: What took him so long? After all, a contemporary like Van Morrison has sold boatloads of his single-disc best-of set to buyers wary of diving into that deep catalog without a primer to get them started. So three and a half decades into his solo career, Neil Young finally delivers his version of that most modest of albums–the pre-holiday “hits” overview. What’s surprising, coming from such a proud maverick, is its conventionality. Granted, the original master mixes are a boon for fans, but otherwise, there’s not much here for loyalists who quite likely already possess the original “Like a Hurricane” on a couple of albums, as well as a handful of live interpretations scanning the years. Since Young cracked the Top 10 only once (1972’s “Heart of Gold”), this set is built around concert staples as “Cinnamon Girl,” “Rockin’ in the Free World,” and “Hey, Hey, My My” rather than chart favorites. Despite Young’s honorable standing as a still-vital graybeard, the disc is skewed heavily toward his early work, shortchanging some mighty productive recent years. Peripheral fans may find this set of interest, but faithful followers are better advised to investigate the DVD version, which, at least, includes videos, photos, lyrics, and Web links. –Steven Stolder
His first ever CD greatest-hits collection, Neil Young’s Greatest Hits is a long-awaited retrospective from one of rock’s most influential and enduring singer-songwriters. With 16 selections spanning his entire career since 1969, Greatest Hits features some of the greatest hits of rock’n'roll, period.
I forgot Neil Young had so many hits
This CD is full of Neil Young’s oldies you remember and oldies you forgot. Great listening throughout. Be prepared for some full-length versions of some of the biggest hits. …
More to the picture than meets the eye
There is absolutely no way a Neil Young best of/greatest hits compilation can be anything less than two CDs. I know that, and I’m not even all that familiar with him. Where’s “Mr. Soul?” “This Note’s for You?” “Cortez the Killer?” “Sample and Hold?” Something from the Shocking Pink album? Something that’s less than a decade-and-a-half old?
This CD is just a hair under 80 minutes, and worthy material left off could easily fill the bulk of a second. This is one of the most disappointing compilations of recent years.
Yet in the end, this makes a decent gift for a younger person who needs a lesson on what good music is. Every single track on Neil Young’s Greatest Hits is pure genius. And I was pleased to find stuff like the brilliant “Like a Hurricane” and “Comes a Time.” Even songs played endlessly on the radio like “Hey Hey My My,” “Cinnamon Girl” and “Ohio ” never get old (actually, “Ohio” doesn’t get much airplay here in its titular state, quite understandably).
So yes, there needs to be much more to this, but I can’t imagine a Neil Young neophyte listening to this and not want to go out and get all of his albums. I certainly do….
Where is the Buffalo Springfield?
Still this is a good introduction for new Neil fans….