Neil Young has been one of the most influential guitarists of all time. The way he plays from so many different tuning styles is amazing. His song writing capabilities is unlike anyone else. After the split up of Buffalo Springfield, Neil Young ventured out on his solo career. In 1969, he released his first solo record simply called Neil Young. After meeting with members of Crazy Horse, Neil Young recorded what was his second release and the first with his new backing band, Crazy Horse. Later that year he released one of the most influential records of all time, “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere.”
Production on the record is great. The sound of the record is smooth, classy and raw and yet, gritty. The main reason? Well, it’s because of the band itself. Crazy Horse is the power train behind Neil Young’s new sound. Danny Whitten on rhythm guitar, Billy Tolbot on bass and Ralph Molina on drums.
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere opens with the classic track “Cinnamon Girl.” It features Danny and Neil doing somewhat of a duet for a top of the line harmony. The song itself, landed on the charts at number 55 in 1970. This song also showcases Neil Young’s famous drop D tuning which gives it that raw and gritty feel. Another powerful track is “Down By The River” which is about nine minutes of music. “Cowgirl In The Sand” is the last track on the record which comes in over 10 minutes long. It talks about a promiscuous woman. These three tracks are the most popular and have been released on collections of greatest hits and live albums.
Other important songs are the album title “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere”, “Running Dry” and “Loosing End.” These songs have a more country feel to them than rock. But they are still great songs. “Round and Round” is the only non rock song on the album and is rooted more in folk.
This record is highly recommended. I enjoy this album in my truck, in my house, when I fish, walking through a park and when I play guitar. The tracks are and will always be, some of Neil Young’s greatest music.