Greatest Hits (Neil Young album)

Greatest Hits is Neil Young's third compilation album after Decade and Lucky Thirteen. Eleven of the first twelve tracks appear on Decade, and the disc spans his solo career from 1969 through 1992. On the rear cover of the album, Young comments that the tracks were selected "based on original record sales, airplay and known download history."

Greatest Hits
Neil Young - Greatest Hits.jpg
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedNovember 16, 2004
Recorded1969–1991
GenreRock, country rock, folk rock, hard rock
Length76:07
LabelReprise
ProducerDavid Briggs, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Kendall Pacios, Elliot Mazer, Henry Lewy, Tim Mulligan, Ben Keith, Niko Bolas
Neil Young chronology
Greendale
(2003)
Greatest Hits
(2004)
Prairie Wind
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media8.0/10[2]

RemasteringEdit

All tracks on this album were remastered using the HDCD process, which Young has been utilizing for his studio work since 1995. The album was also released as a high-resolution DVD Video disc with 24bit 96 kHz audio, and in a two-disc format including the audio album plus a bonus DVD with videos for "Rockin' in the Free World" and "Harvest Moon". Extensive notes on the remastering process can be found on Young's website.[3]

On the press release, Young said:

One of the most important jobs of any musician is to provide quality sound to the people. Quality has taken a hit in recent years, but it's starting to come back thanks to DVD-stereo. There is just no comparison between DVD-stereo and a regular compact disc or even 5.1 sound. It's the difference between a true reflection of the music and a mere replica. I've always been a strong believer in analogue and this is about as close to the rewarding listening experience of vinyl as the real thing.[4]

Track listingEdit

Track listing for Greatest Hits
# Title Writer(s) Performed by Length Album
1. "Down by the River" Neil Young Neil Young with Crazy Horse 9:20 Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, 1969
2. "Cowgirl in the Sand" Young Neil Young with Crazy Horse 10:08 Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, 1969
3. "Cinnamon Girl" Young Neil Young with Crazy Horse 3:02 Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, 1969
4. "Helpless" Young Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 3:40 Déjà Vu, 1970
5. "After the Gold Rush" Young Neil Young 3:48 After the Gold Rush, 1970
6. "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" Young Neil Young 3:11 After the Gold Rush, 1970
7. "Southern Man" Young Neil Young 5:33 After the Gold Rush, 1970
8. "Ohio" Young Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 3:02 Non-album single, 1970; made first album appearance on So Far, 1974
9. "The Needle and the Damage Done" Young Neil Young 2:13 Harvest, 1972
10. "Old Man" Young Neil Young with The Stray Gators 3:25 Harvest, 1972
11. "Heart of Gold" Young Neil Young with The Stray Gators 3:09 Harvest, 1972
12. "Like a Hurricane" Young Neil Young and Crazy Horse 8:23 American Stars 'n Bars, 1977
13. "Comes a Time" Young Neil Young 3:07 Comes a Time, 1978
14. "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)" Young, Jeff Blackburn Neil Young and Crazy Horse 5:02 Rust Never Sleeps, 1979
15. "Rockin' in the Free World" Young Neil Young 4:44 Freedom, 1989
16. "Harvest Moon" Young Neil Young 5:03 Harvest Moon, 1992

7" singleEdit

Track listing for bonus 7"
# Title Writer(s) Performed by Length Album
1. The Loner Young Neil Young 3:50 Neil Young, 1968
2. Sugar Mountain Young Neil Young 5:41 Non-album B-side to "The Loner", 1969
Issued exclusively with the vinyl edition of the album

ChartsEdit

2004 sales chart peaks for Greatest Hits
Chart (2004) Peak position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[5] 45
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[6] 86
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[7] 49
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[8] 24
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[9] 41
Irish Albums (IRMA)[10] 8
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[11] 9
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[12] 10
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 13
UK Albums (OCC)[14] 45
US Billboard 200[15] 27
2005 sales chart peaks for Greatest Hits
Chart (2005) Peak position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[16] 25
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[17] 24

CertificationsEdit

Sales certifications for Greatest Hits
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[18] Platinum 70,000^
Belgium (BEA)[19] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[20] Gold 50,000^
Germany (BVMI)[21] Gold 100,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[22] Platinum 15,000^
Italy (FIMI)[23] Gold 50,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[24] 2× Platinum 30,000^
United States (RIAA)[25] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Neil Young: Greatest Hits". Pitchfork.
  3. ^ "Neil Young Archives". neilyoungarchives.com.
  4. ^ "Neil Young News: Greatest Hits of Neil Young To Be Released Nov. 14".
  5. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Neil Young – Greatest Hits" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Neil Young – Greatest Hits" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  7. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Neil Young – Greatest Hits" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  8. ^ "Neil Young: Greatest Hits" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  9. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  10. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 47, 2004". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  11. ^ "Charts.nz – Neil Young – Greatest Hits". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  12. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Neil Young – Greatest Hits". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  13. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Neil Young – Greatest Hits". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  14. ^ "Neil Young | Artist | Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  15. ^ "Neil Young Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  16. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Neil Young – Greatest Hits". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  17. ^ "Ultratop.be – Neil Young – Greatest Hits" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  18. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2005 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  19. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – albums 2006". Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  20. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Neil Young – Greatest Hits". Music Canada. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  21. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Neil Young; 'Greatest Hits')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  22. ^ "Irish album certifications – Neil Young – Greatest Hits". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  23. ^ "Italian album certifications – Neil Young – Greatest Hits" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved April 3, 2017. Select "2017" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "Greatest Hits" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Album e Compilation" under "Sezione".
  24. ^ "Latest Gold / Platinum Albums". Radioscope. 17 July 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  25. ^ "American album certifications – Neil Young – Greatest Hits". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved April 10, 2013. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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