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Neil Young Archives Vol. I (1963-1972)
Whether you call him Neil Young, Bernard Shakey, or the Godfather of Grunge, or simply Neil, the man of many names and many musical faces has been one of the most prolific, fearless and important artists in rock for the last 50 years.
A native of Toronto, Young began playing music in high school and performing at local clubs, subsequently meeting future friends and colleagues Joni Mitchell and Stephen Stills. After a brief stint in the Mynah Birds with future funk legend Rick James and bassist Bruce Palmer, Young and Palmer moved to Los Angeles where they reconnected with Stills and formed Buffalo Springfield. Young released several albums with Buffalo Springfield, including 1968's Last Time Around, before departing to pursue a solo career. Young later reconnected with Stills to join Crosby, Stills & Nash, with whom he released the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame-inducted Déjà Vu in 1970 under the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young banner.
Young released his self-titled solo debut in 1968, following with 1969's Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere with Crazy Horse, a trio featuring bassist Billy Talbot, drummer Ralph Molina and guitarist Danny Whitten. Throughout the '70s and '80s, Young's penchant for musical adventure was displayed on an eclectic string of albums, including classics such as 1970's After The Gold Rush, 1972's Harvest (which reached No. 1 on the strength of the chart-topping hit "Heart Of Gold") and 1975's Tonight's The Night, a raw, relentless rock album that lamented the deaths of Whitten and roadie Bruce Berry. Young subsequently experimented with various genres, including hard rock (Re-ac-tor, 1981), electronic rock (Trans, 1982), rockabilly (Everybody's Rockin', 1983), and country (Old Ways, 1985).
In 1989 Young released Freedom, which earned a nomination for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male at the 32nd GRAMMY Awards and featured an acoustic rendition of "Rockin' In The Free World," which earned a GRAMMY nod the following year. Young went back to his plaintive roots with 1992's Harvest Moon, with the title track garnering nominations for Record and Song Of The Year at the 36th GRAMMY Awards.
In 2010 Young released Le Noise, which spawned a GRAMMY for Best Rock Song for "Angry World" at the 53rd GRAMMY Awards. That same year he was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year. In 2012 he reunited with Crazy Horse to release two albums, Americana and Pyschedelic Pill.