Neil Young
On the Beach


5.0
classic

Review

by Broken Arrow USER (10 Reviews)
January 16th, 2005 | 96 replies | 13,732 views


Release Date: 1974 | Tracklist


4 of 7 thought this review was well written

The Band
Neil Young-Guitars, Vocals, Harmonica, Piano and Banjo
Ben Keith-Guitars, Vocals, Piano, Dobro, organ, percussion and bass
Ralph Molina-Drums and Vocals
Tim Drummond-Bass and Percussion

Guest Musicians
Billy Talbot from Crazyhorse -"Bass on Walk On"
Rick Danko from the Band-Bass on "Revolution Blues"
Levon Helm from the Band-Drums on "See the Sky About to Rain" and Revolution Blues
David Crosby from CSN&Y-Rythym Guitar on "Revolution Blues"
Graham Nash from CSN&Y-Piano on "On the Beach"
George Whitshell-Guitar on "Vampire Blues"
Rusty Kershaw-Slide Guitar on "Motion Pictures" and Fiddle on "Ambulance Blues"

Released:September 1974

Walk On-This is a great feel-good song that starts with a very cathcy guitar rythym. The lyrics are about not getting worked up when something doesn't go your way. You just have to "Walk On". The chorus adds some nice background vocals to Neil's nasaly lead. Ben Kieth also pulls off a couple short slide guitar soloes which just adds to this great opening track. 5/5

(See the Sky) About to Rain-The organ leads this song right from the intro. Neil sings the vocals with some great emotion as the pedal steel guitar adding a relaxing feel to the song. Levon Helm from the Band guests on the drums in this song and does a good job keeping a steady beat and adding in fills. This is a good song to chill/relaz to but it can be pretty boring if you've heard it enough .4/5

Revolution Blues-Another song featuring Levon on Drums and also David Crosby on rythym guitar and Rick Danko (also form The Band) on bass. The lyrics are supposed to be about Charles Manson who Neil was freinds with in the 60's. The music is great with a nice loud rythym section and nice guitar solo, but the thing that makes this song so amazing is the lyrics.

"We have 25 rifles just to keep the population down"
5/5

For the Turnstiles-This song is only Neil and Ben Keith. Neil on the banjo and Ben on a dobro. They both sing but Neil's voice overshadows Ben's. This is a fine example of Neil playing folk music. The actual music is very minimal and the the vocals lead the song wiiht the great lyrics. Ben Kieth also adds in a little solo on the dobro.5/5

Vampire Blues-Neils attempt at playing the blues is accutally very good. The song is played in a blues shuffle with organ playing in the backgorund. The guitar soloes are pretty low key but at the same time erratic, playing out of scale stacatto notes but at the same time fairly quietly. The lyrics seem just for fun blues lyrics but I think it might have to do wasting fossil fuels but I'm not too sure.

"I'm a vampire babe, sucking blood from the Earth"
"I'm a vampire babe, I'll sell you 20 barrels worth"

5/5

On the Beach-This song features Graham Nash on the Wulizter Piano and you can hear him from the very start. Also this song features some bongo drums and a drum set which harmonmize very well together. The thing that holds the song together though is the super smooth bass and Neil's incredible vocals. Neil also has two very slow and emotional solos on his electric guitar that adds alot to this song. This is just a great long song to chill out clocking at 6:59 min.
5/5

Motion PIctures (for Carrie)-Ahh my favourite side of Neil Young, the acoustic folk Neil. This song was probably wrote for his girlfriend at the time Carrie Snodgrass who was an actress and also inspired him to write the epic"A Man Needs a Maid" on "Harvest". This is a great song wiht Neil singing in his low key voice and also features some first class lyrics. Finally this song is stung together with the gentle and smooth harmonica Neil uses a number of times in this song.5/5

Ambulance Blues-Yay, Another great folk tune. This song arguably has the best lyrics on the whole album. Neil plays a mean acoustic guitar and there is some violin during the chorus. Once again Neil uses his lower key voice which goes really well with the song. Also there is harmonica too which is great because it too strings this peice together so well. This epic at 8:56 ends of this terrific album beautifully.5/5

This is one of Neil's best albums. It features some of his best work and many of his genres. This album however is criminally underated and hardly ever gets recognistion. If I didn't give this album a 5/5 I would probably end up regreting it so here it is. 5/5 ;)



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Comments:Add a Comment 
wanton
December 23rd 2004



11 Comments


Thanks for doing this Livewired, I will definately get this album. Nice review. :thumb:

Woodstock
December 23rd 2004



154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review, Livewired.

I've only listened to Ambulance Blues and On The Beach off this album, but I'll go for the rest.

donjunio
November 2nd 2006



5 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

outstandinmg record, excellent review

MrKite
March 3rd 2007



5020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I almost got this today but was very pissed off to find it was too expensive. I want this really bad, too.

Broken Arrow
March 9th 2007



220 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'd still get it, cause it's worth it.

Damn this is an old/bad review.

MrKite
March 22nd 2007



5020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My dad's going to get it for me for my birthday.


Jimmy
April 12th 2007



717 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album is stunning. I can't believe you gave see the sky about to rain a 4/5... that's one of my favorites. The break in the song with just the rhodes piano is brilliant, one of the greatest moments in music history. This Message Edited On 04.12.07

MrKite
April 12th 2007



5020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ambulance Blues= About the Buffalo Springfield days?This Message Edited On 06.21.07

MrKite
July 5th 2007



5020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's also is one of the best songs ever written.
This Message Edited On 07.06.07

Elixirs
October 7th 2008



93 Comments


so good

Jarvig
December 16th 2010



168 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Amazing album. So many very good tunes on it. We are fractions of inches from a 5 rating.

EVedder27
December 16th 2010



6088 Comments


this is actually my least favorite out of his classic era

couldwinarabbit
December 16th 2010



6996 Comments


I agree. It is still a damn fine album but tonight's the night is leagues ahead.

Spec
January 12th 2011



27047 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Probably my favourite.

Spec
January 13th 2011



27047 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Gotta try me some 'honey sliders.'

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
August 19th 2011



14982 Comments


great album except i dont like "vampire blues"

Goatlord
August 19th 2011



405 Comments


Album is flawless.

TheBoss88
September 3rd 2011



208 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Album is definitely flawless. Probably need to 5 this. Would take this over Tonight's The Night any day of the week. Both fantastic though at the very least.

Spec
September 4th 2011



27047 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I found a recipe for honey slides on the Internet haha. This album never gets old.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
September 4th 2011



14982 Comments


last three and first songs = amazing



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