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Monday, January 31, 2011

“Harvest Moon” - Saturday Night Live, December 5th, 1992

Neil Young - Harvest Moon - Live - SNL - New York

Neil Young performing “Harvest Moon” on Saturday Night Live on December 5th, 1992.

Neil Young's 1992 "Harvest Moon" is the followup to his most commercially successful album "Harvest" - some 20 years later.

"Harvest Moon" was recorded with many of the same original musicians who appeared on "Harvest", such as Ben Keith, on pedal steel guitar, and Linda Rondstadt and James Taylor on backing vocals. The intentional sequel nature of "Harvest Moon" created high expectations which for the most part were fulfilled. The album was accompanied with music videos and extensive interviews. All indicators of both the record label Reprise's support and even the normally reticent Young himself.

On a Canadian radio interview, Young demurred that 'Harvest Moon' was a sequel to 'Harvest':

    "The whole idea of following up the 'Harvest' album is something that's contrived more from the standpoint of record companies, and mostly questions. You know, people see the correlation between the two, and it's kind of a plus to be able to refer back 20 years and see the same people and do that. But the thrust of the albums is different, even though the subject matter is similar, so I tend to shy away more from comparisons between them - they're reference points for one another.

    I mean, people who have never heard of 'Harvest' may really like Harvest Moon and
    may end up referring back to 'Harvest' because of all this conversation about how the two of them go together..."

More on the critical reaction to Harvest Moon (reviews).

And, harvest moon miracles can happen, as we've seen before.

But there's a full moon risin'
Let's go dancin' in the light
We know where the music's playin'
Let's go out and feel the night.

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At 2/01/2011 10:48:00 AM, Blogger SONY said...

Hard to believe that was 18+ years ago already. Seems like a lot less.

At 2/01/2011 11:28:00 AM, Blogger Thrasher said...

and almost 40 years since Harvest itself?!

At 2/01/2011 11:47:00 AM, Blogger SONY said...

Good point.Good ideas, good music and good friends tend to age well.

At 2/01/2011 10:36:00 PM, Blogger SONY said...

..and another thing while still getting into the timing of this, I still have the original VHS taping I made of this live SNL, with HTHendrix as well. This was just after the Bobfest and seeing him solo in Saratoga (waiting for Ragged Glory band)w/in same 6 mos. or so, remembered it was a fertile time to be following. Also some other shows were aired (Center Stage - Chicago. etc) that chronicled this tour and these performances which were among his best. Unplugged around that time maybe not. But this was peak stuff brand new. As fine a time as I remember as it came out.

We/I made casettes out of the Vhs tabes of all of it and couldn't stop listening in any format. This brings back alot of very new feelings of his new music at the time, and of discovering alot of it that had gone before this, and hardly missing any of it since.

At 2/02/2011 08:14:00 AM, Blogger JimDC821 said...

It was also the time of his MTV Unplugged concert - well before the age of "Real World" and "Snooki", back when MTV had a residual amount of "class". I still revel in the time when I lived in Jamaica and was able to crank up my VHS and stereo system to show my new found brethren the amstery of Harvest Moon, complete with Nils on broom... Mellowness never felt so sweet.


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