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Before and After

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Neil Young continues to exploit his massive catalog of original songs in innovative ways. On his 45th studio album, he revisits 12 songs—mixed as a single track—that stretch as far back as his days with Buffalo Springfield. Young is clear about Before and After's intentions: "Songs from my life recently recorded create a music montage with no beginnings or endings. The feeling is captured, not in pieces but as a whole piece … music defies shuffling, digital organization, separation. Only for listening."  The constant subject throughout is the life affirming powers of having and giving love. With few exceptions the critical segues between tracks are seamless and unobtrusive; opener "I'm the Ocean," a classic Young chord progression that was originally on Mirror Ball, easily blends into "Homefires"—first released on Neil Young Archives Volume II 1972-1976. Young is the entire band on this single track, taken from a 96 kHz/24-bit digital source. (Perhaps as an inside joke, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy is listed in the credits as being an "Electric guitar & Amplifier tech.") He switches from acoustic guitar, harmonica and piano to pump organ occasionally, as he does in the transition between "On the Way Home" to "If You Got Love," an unreleased track from the 1983 Trans sessions. With Young's voice as a constant, there is an undeniable sameness to this continuous design. Except for "Comes a Time," he avoids the hits and concentrates on songs that he's felt were unjustly neglected in the past, or that he's found new meaning in today. That's audibly true in a new version of "When I Hold You in My Arms," his paean to life's inevitable changes. Originally on Are You Passionate?, there's now a renewed certainly as Young brings new fervor to familiar lines:  "Old heart's going up/ Old heart's coming down/ My feelings going up/ My feelings coming down/ You gotta hold onto someone in this life."  © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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1
I'm The Ocean
00:06:44

Lou Adler, Producer - Jeff Tweedy, Guitar Technician, Backline Technician - Neil Young, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, Pump Organ, MainArtist - John Hausmann, Technician - Chris Bellman, Masterer - TIM MULLIGAN, RecordingEngineer - NIKO BOLAS, Mixer - Jeff Pinn, Guitar Technician, Backline Technician - Mark Humphreys, Monitor Engineer - Howard Frank, ProductionAssistant - CW Alkire, Engineer - Bill Asher, Guitar Technician - Eliot Howerton, Technician

© 2023 Reprise Records ℗ 2023 Reprise Records

2
Homefires
00:02:04

Lou Adler, Producer - Jeff Tweedy, Guitar Technician, Backline Technician - Neil Young, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, Pump Organ, MainArtist - John Hausmann, Technician - Chris Bellman, Masterer - TIM MULLIGAN, RecordingEngineer - NIKO BOLAS, Mixer - Jeff Pinn, Guitar Technician, Backline Technician - Mark Humphreys, Monitor Engineer - Howard Frank, ProductionAssistant - CW Alkire, Engineer - Bill Asher, Guitar Technician - Eliot Howerton, Technician

© 2023 Reprise Records ℗ 2023 Reprise Records

3
Burned
00:02:06

Lou Adler, Producer - Jeff Tweedy, Guitar Technician, Backline Technician - Neil Young, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, Pump Organ, MainArtist - John Hausmann, Technician - Chris Bellman, Masterer - TIM MULLIGAN, RecordingEngineer - NIKO BOLAS, Mixer - Jeff Pinn, Guitar Technician, Backline Technician - Mark Humphreys, Monitor Engineer - Howard Frank, ProductionAssistant - CW Alkire, Engineer - Bill Asher, Guitar Technician - Eliot Howerton, Technician

© 2023 Reprise Records ℗ 2023 Reprise Records

4
On the Way Home
00:03:14

Lou Adler, Producer - Jeff Tweedy, Guitar Technician, Backline Technician - Neil Young, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, Pump Organ, MainArtist - John Hausmann, Technician - Chris Bellman, Masterer - TIM MULLIGAN, RecordingEngineer - NIKO BOLAS, Mixer - Jeff Pinn, Guitar Technician, Backline Technician - Mark Humphreys, Monitor Engineer - Howard Frank, ProductionAssistant - CW Alkire, Engineer - Bill Asher, Guitar Technician - Eliot Howerton, Technician

© 2023 Reprise Records ℗ 2023 Reprise Records

5
If You Got Love
00:03:32

Lou Adler, Producer - Jeff Tweedy, Guitar Technician, Backline Technician - Neil Young, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, Pump Organ, MainArtist - John Hausmann, Technician - Chris Bellman, Masterer - TIM MULLIGAN, RecordingEngineer - NIKO BOLAS, Mixer - Jeff Pinn, Guitar Technician, Backline Technician - Mark Humphreys, Monitor Engineer - Howard Frank, ProductionAssistant - CW Alkire, Engineer - Bill Asher, Guitar Technician - Eliot Howerton, Technician

© 2023 Reprise Records ℗ 2023 Reprise Records

6
A Dream That Can Last
00:04:32

Lou Adler, Producer - Jeff Tweedy, Guitar Technician, Backline Technician - Neil Young, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, Pump Organ, MainArtist - John Hausmann, Technician - Chris Bellman, Masterer - TIM MULLIGAN, RecordingEngineer - NIKO BOLAS, Mixer - Jeff Pinn, Guitar Technician, Backline Technician - Mark Humphreys, Monitor Engineer - Howard Frank, ProductionAssistant - CW Alkire, Engineer - Bill Asher, Guitar Technician - Eliot Howerton, Technician

© 2023 Reprise Records ℗ 2023 Reprise Records

7
Birds
00:02:47

Lou Adler, Producer - Jeff Tweedy, Guitar Technician, Backline Technician - Neil Young, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, Pump Organ, MainArtist - John Hausmann, Technician - Chris Bellman, Masterer - TIM MULLIGAN, RecordingEngineer - NIKO BOLAS, Mixer - Jeff Pinn, Guitar Technician, Backline Technician - Mark Humphreys, Monitor Engineer - Howard Frank, ProductionAssistant - CW Alkire, Engineer - Bill Asher, Guitar Technician - Eliot Howerton, Technician

© 2023 Reprise Records ℗ 2023 Reprise Records

8
My Heart
00:03:01

Lou Adler, Producer - Bob Rice, Vibraphone - Jeff Tweedy, Guitar Technician, Backline Technician - Neil Young, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, Pump Organ, MainArtist - John Hausmann, Technician - Chris Bellman, Masterer - TIM MULLIGAN, RecordingEngineer - NIKO BOLAS, Mixer - Jeff Pinn, Guitar Technician, Backline Technician - Mark Humphreys, Monitor Engineer - Howard Frank, ProductionAssistant - CW Alkire, Engineer - Bill Asher, Guitar Technician - Eliot Howerton, Technician

© 2023 Reprise Records ℗ 2023 Reprise Records

9
When I Hold You In My Arms
00:05:23

Lou Adler, Producer - Bob Rice, Piano - Jeff Tweedy, Guitar Technician, Backline Technician - Neil Young, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, Pump Organ, MainArtist - John Hausmann, Technician - Chris Bellman, Masterer - TIM MULLIGAN, RecordingEngineer - NIKO BOLAS, Mixer - Jeff Pinn, Guitar Technician, Backline Technician - Mark Humphreys, Monitor Engineer - Howard Frank, ProductionAssistant - CW Alkire, Engineer - Bill Asher, Guitar Technician - Eliot Howerton, Technician

© 2023 Reprise Records ℗ 2023 Reprise Records

10
Mother Earth
00:03:43

Lou Adler, Producer - Jeff Tweedy, Guitar Technician, Backline Technician - Neil Young, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, Pump Organ, MainArtist - John Hausmann, Technician - Chris Bellman, Masterer - TIM MULLIGAN, RecordingEngineer - NIKO BOLAS, Mixer - Jeff Pinn, Guitar Technician, Backline Technician - Mark Humphreys, Monitor Engineer - Howard Frank, ProductionAssistant - CW Alkire, Engineer - Bill Asher, Guitar Technician - Eliot Howerton, Technician

© 2023 Reprise Records ℗ 2023 Reprise Records

11
Mr. Soul
00:03:42

Lou Adler, Producer - Jeff Tweedy, Guitar Technician, Backline Technician - Neil Young, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, Pump Organ, MainArtist - John Hausmann, Technician - Chris Bellman, Masterer - TIM MULLIGAN, RecordingEngineer - NIKO BOLAS, Mixer - Jeff Pinn, Guitar Technician, Backline Technician - Mark Humphreys, Monitor Engineer - Howard Frank, ProductionAssistant - CW Alkire, Engineer - Bill Asher, Guitar Technician - Eliot Howerton, Technician

© 2023 Reprise Records ℗ 2023 Reprise Records

12
Comes a Time
00:03:20

Lou Adler, Producer - Jeff Tweedy, Guitar Technician, Backline Technician - Neil Young, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, Pump Organ, MainArtist - John Hausmann, Technician - Chris Bellman, Masterer - TIM MULLIGAN, RecordingEngineer - NIKO BOLAS, Mixer - Jeff Pinn, Guitar Technician, Backline Technician - Mark Humphreys, Monitor Engineer - Howard Frank, ProductionAssistant - CW Alkire, Engineer - Bill Asher, Guitar Technician - Eliot Howerton, Technician

© 2023 Reprise Records ℗ 2023 Reprise Records

13
Don't Forget Love
00:03:41

Lou Adler, Producer - Jeff Tweedy, Guitar Technician, Backline Technician - Neil Young, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Writer, Harmonica, Pump Organ, MainArtist - John Hausmann, Technician - Chris Bellman, Masterer - TIM MULLIGAN, RecordingEngineer - NIKO BOLAS, Mixer - Jeff Pinn, Guitar Technician, Backline Technician - Mark Humphreys, Monitor Engineer - Howard Frank, ProductionAssistant - CW Alkire, Engineer - Bill Asher, Guitar Technician - Eliot Howerton, Technician

© 2023 Reprise Records ℗ 2023 Reprise Records

Album review

Neil Young continues to exploit his massive catalog of original songs in innovative ways. On his 45th studio album, he revisits 12 songs—mixed as a single track—that stretch as far back as his days with Buffalo Springfield. Young is clear about Before and After's intentions: "Songs from my life recently recorded create a music montage with no beginnings or endings. The feeling is captured, not in pieces but as a whole piece … music defies shuffling, digital organization, separation. Only for listening."  The constant subject throughout is the life affirming powers of having and giving love. With few exceptions the critical segues between tracks are seamless and unobtrusive; opener "I'm the Ocean," a classic Young chord progression that was originally on Mirror Ball, easily blends into "Homefires"—first released on Neil Young Archives Volume II 1972-1976. Young is the entire band on this single track, taken from a 96 kHz/24-bit digital source. (Perhaps as an inside joke, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy is listed in the credits as being an "Electric guitar & Amplifier tech.") He switches from acoustic guitar, harmonica and piano to pump organ occasionally, as he does in the transition between "On the Way Home" to "If You Got Love," an unreleased track from the 1983 Trans sessions. With Young's voice as a constant, there is an undeniable sameness to this continuous design. Except for "Comes a Time," he avoids the hits and concentrates on songs that he's felt were unjustly neglected in the past, or that he's found new meaning in today. That's audibly true in a new version of "When I Hold You in My Arms," his paean to life's inevitable changes. Originally on Are You Passionate?, there's now a renewed certainly as Young brings new fervor to familiar lines:  "Old heart's going up/ Old heart's coming down/ My feelings going up/ My feelings coming down/ You gotta hold onto someone in this life."  © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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