Comment of the Moment: Harvest & 40 Years Gone
The Comment of the Moment is from Neil Young Interview with Redbeard at In The Studio and the album Harvest after 40 years.
Man, 40 yrs.
It's almost hard to fathom where time slips away to.
Neil sounds so modest as far as his influence on the shape of things to come with popular music in general after the release of this monumental recording. It opened the doors for many artists to add a little country flavor to their Rock-N-Roll while at the same time making country music more accessible to the mainstream listening audience. I had already been a fan of Neil''s since the day in 69 when my sister brought home Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere.
However, it wasn't until the spring of 72 when I was laid up with a crushed foot that my friend at the time brought me his brothers Harvest LP to listen to that truly blew me away. I was just mesmerized by what I was listening to. I don't know what drew me to this new sound, but it was unlike anything I had ever heard yet familiar at the same time. One advantage was that I was able to crank it up a little louder in my room then was previously acceptable with my Black Sabbath and Alice Cooper records.
Even though my dad didn't know what to think of Neil's voice, there was something about the music that transcended musical boundaries. Well, the same thing that was happening in my home was happening around the globe.
Obviously it wasn't just a fluke for the record to go to number one that year, but after the success of Harvest, it became commonplace to hear a little peddle steel here or a fiddle there on R-N-R records everywhere. I wouldn't credit Neil for inventing country rock, but the magic of the sound that Neil captured on that record sure signified that it had arrived, crashing down the barriers between country and rock for ever more along with ensuring the sales of blue jeans and flannel shirts for at least another generation or two.
Thanks BIGCHIEF! Yes, 40 years later and where has it gone? Does time really fade away ever?