Neil Young, Tonight’s The Night (1975)
I guess I have about 10 favourite Neil Young albums – even albums of his that are pretty-much duds are sometimes on that list by the way. Such is my love for what he does and perhaps particularly the way he has gone about it. But one album I always have time for and always return to is Tonight’s The Night, for me it’s the grim reaper within his alleged “Doom Trilogy” (or Quadrology – now that Homegrown is finally out in the world). There’s some deep sadness and tiredness behind his eyes here and the songs are sometimes barely even there, borrowed – ripped off – from obvious sources. Then there are songs so deep, so beautiful, so utterly together and composed magnificently. That’s the Neil Young duality right there really – a precision mess, dependable and unpredictable. I think Tonight’s The Night was one of my first Young CDs – when I was buying the catalogue up the first time. And it was also one of my first Neil Young vinyl purchases. A reissue, sure. Not an original pressing or anything like that. But it has the songs on it. The ones that matter.
Sample Track: Tired Eyes
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