Neil Young's 'After the Gold Rush' Gets 50th Anniversary Reissue

Neil Young, 'After the Gold Rush'
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Neil Young's beloved After the Gold Rush is getting reissued this year for its 50th anniversary.

The Canadian rocker will reissue the album on CD (available December 11) and vinyl (available March 19) with bonus cuts: two versions of the song "Wonderin'." One was recorded during the sessions to the original album in 1970 and was previously released on the Neil Young Archives box set in 2009, while the other, previously unreleased version was recorded nearly a year before the album was, in a 1969 session at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, CA. (The song was first heard by the public on 1983's Everybody's Rockin'.)

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Released in 1970, After the Gold Rush's country-tinged folk, packed in powerful songs like "Only Love Can Break Your Heart," "Southern Man" and "Don't Let It Bring You Down," took time to take hold on critics. But by the middle of the decade, it was being hailed as a masterpiece. It has since placed on greatest albums of all time lists by Rolling Stone, TIME and Q.

Young's archival releases have come fast and furious recently: this Friday, he will release Return to Greendale, a live album recorded in 2003; it will be followed by the long-awaited (and sold-out) release of Neil Young Archives Vol. II on November 20.

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