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Harvest Moon (album)

Harvest Moon is the 19th studio album by Canadian musician Neil Young, released on November 2, 1992. Many of the musicians appearing on it also appeared on his 1972 album Harvest.

Harvest Moon
Harvest - neil young.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 2, 1992[1]
RecordedSeptember 1991 – February 1992
StudioRedwood Digital, Woodside (except "Natural Beauty" at Civic Auditorium, Portland, Oregon; and strings on "Such A Woman" recorded at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, California)[2]
ProducerNeil Young, Ben Keith
Neil Young chronology
Harvest Moon
Lucky Thirteen
Singles from Harvest Moon
  1. "Harvest Moon"
    Released: 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[4]


Recovering from a case of tinnitus that had come about after the recording of Ragged Glory (1990) and its subsequent tour (which produced the 1991 albums Weld and Arc), Young returned to the studio with Ben Keith, picking up the acoustic guitar, piano and banjo that had dominated albums such as Harvest, Comes a Time and Old Ways. 1970s-era analogue equipment was used instead of digital recording to achieve a "warmer" feel.

The subsequent 1992 tour was recorded and ultimately released on the 2009 Dreamin' Man live album, containing Young's solo renditions of all Harvest Moon tracks in a different order.


Music website Classic Rock Review named Harvest Moon its album of the year for 1992.[5] It earned the 1994 Juno Award for album of the year. Matthew Greenwald of AllMusic described the melody of the title track as "positively gorgeous".[6] The album continued Young's commercial and critical resurgence following Freedom and Ragged Glory, eventually outselling both of those records. The song "Harvest Moon" topped the AARP's list of "16 Songs Everyone Over 50 Should Own."

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Neil Young.

1."Unknown Legend"4:32
2."From Hank to Hendrix"5:12
3."You and Me"3:45
4."Harvest Moon"5:03
5."War of Man"5:41
6."One of These Days"4:55
7."Such a Woman"4:36
8."Old King"2:57
9."Dreamin' Man"4:36
10."Natural Beauty" (recorded live at The Civic Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, January 23, 1992)10:22


The Stray GatorsEdit

Additional personnelEdit

  • Larry Cragg – backing vocals on "War of Man"
  • Nicolette Larson – backing vocals on "You and Me," "War of Man," "Such a Woman," "Old King," "Dreamin' Man," "Natural Beauty"
  • Linda Ronstadt – backing vocals on "Unknown Legend," "From Hank to Hendrix," "Harvest Moon," "War of Man," "One of These Days"
  • James Taylor – backing vocals on "From Hank to Hendrix," "War of Man," "One of These Days"
  • Astrid Young – backing vocals on "War of Man," "Such a Woman," "Dreamin' Man"
  • Jack Nitzschestring arrangement on "Such a Woman"
  • Suzie Katayama – conductor on "Such a Woman"
  • Maria Newmanconcertmaster on "Such a Woman"
  • Maria Newman, Israel Baker, Betty Byers, Berg Garabedian, Harris Goldman, Robin Lorentz, Cindy McGurty, Haim Shtrum – violins on "Such a Woman"
  • Valerie Dimond, Matt Funes, Rick Gerding, Carrie Prescott, David Stenske, Adriana Zoppo – violas on "Such a Woman"
  • Larry Corbett, Ericka Duke, Greg Gottlieb, David Shamban – cellos on "Such a Woman"



Year Chart Position
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[7] 7
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[8] 6
The Billboard 200 16
UK Albums Chart 9


Year Single Chart Position
1992 "War of Man" Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 7
1993 "Unknown Legend" Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 38
1993 "Harvest Moon" UK Singles Chart 36


Organization Level Date
RIAA (U.S.) 2× platinum July 16, 1997


Jazz singer Cassandra Wilson recorded a rendition of "Harvest Moon" for her 1995 album New Moon Daughter

American singers Ann Wilson and Alison Krauss recorded a cover of "War of Man" for Wilson's 2007 album Hope & Glory.

Los Angeles electronic production duo Poolside recorded a cover of "Harvest Moon" for their 2012 album Pacific Standard Time

American folk duo Shovels & Rope recorded "Unknown Legend" with Shakey Graves in 2015.

Los Angeles indie rock band Lord Huron recorded a cover of "Harvest Moon" in 2018 for a Spotify Singles session.

Jazz guitarist Bill Frisell recorded a version of "One of These Days" on his 1997 album Nashville.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Neil Young: Harvest Moon". Neil Young. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  2. ^ Harvest Moon (album) at Discogs
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (1992-10-27). "Harvest Moon - Neil Young | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Retrieved 2015-06-02.
  4. ^ Kot, Greg (1992-11-26). "Neil Young Harvest Moon Album Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-06-02.
  5. ^ "Classic Rock Review of Harvest Moon by Neil Young". Retrieved June 25, 2012.
  6. ^ "Harvest Moon – Neil Young". AllMusic. Retrieved March 5, 2012.
  7. ^ " – Neil Young – Harvest Moon". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  8. ^ " – Neil Young – Harvest Moon". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 29, 2019.