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EDITORS’ NOTES

Label chief David Geffen tried to sue Neil Young for making albums unrepresentative of the Neil Young sound throughout the ‘80s. Back with Reprise Records, Young issued Freedom in 1989, assembling the album from tapes of the various different projects he'd been working on. Both gentle and ferocious, Freedom contains everything Neil Young fans have ever expected from the man, from pointed contemporary commentary ("Rockin' In the Free World"), gentle, heartfelt acoustic ballads ("Hangin' On a Limb," "Too Far Gone”), and explosive electric workouts ("Eldorado," "On Broadway"). The album signaled an upcoming renaissance for Young’s public profile as the godfather of grunge.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Label chief David Geffen tried to sue Neil Young for making albums unrepresentative of the Neil Young sound throughout the ‘80s. Back with Reprise Records, Young issued Freedom in 1989, assembling the album from tapes of the various different projects he'd been working on. Both gentle and ferocious, Freedom contains everything Neil Young fans have ever expected from the man, from pointed contemporary commentary ("Rockin' In the Free World"), gentle, heartfelt acoustic ballads ("Hangin' On a Limb," "Too Far Gone”), and explosive electric workouts ("Eldorado," "On Broadway"). The album signaled an upcoming renaissance for Young’s public profile as the godfather of grunge.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Prideful Terrier ,

Young's Best Guitar Album

This album was a revelation when it was released in the laste 80's. The tone of the guitars, reverbed and EQ'd to a fare-thee-well, was absolutely glorious. And the tunes were perfectly matched/ I drove around listening to this incessantly- Don't Cry, El Dorado, Crime in the City, the raging No More I just coiuldn'tget enough of. And, rather like the roughly contemporary Sign o the Times by Prince, were to perfectly in tune with and contrapuntal to those wretched times. I was inclined to dismiss Young then, as he'd endorsed Reagan in a recent ROlling Stone article, an admission too far beyond the pale even for Young. This brought him firmly back into my good graces. If you like this one, he achieves similar results on the immediately post-Cobain "Sleeps With Angels," Freedom was one of the few indispensible albums from the 80's by anyone. Can't recommend highly enough.

timphoto ,

Neil When His Muse Was Still There

It could be argued that this (along with portions of Ragged Glory) was the last of Neil Young at his best. Several great songs in this collection, all worthy of being considered vital in the NY canon. Since then, he’s been in steady and tragic decline, though many critics and fans continue to fawn over each cringe-worthy release. So return to this or many previous albums for the real Neil, not for nostalgia but to appreciate the difference between greatness and hanging on after rust settles in.

mayphil ,

Keep On Rockin', Neil

Most people will probably only download Rockin' in the Free World from this album, which is a shame, because it is only the tip of the iceberg. This album showcases ALL of his strengths, from ballads (Hangin' on a Limb, The Ways of Love, Wrecking Ball), to ferocious rockers (Don't Cry, On Broadway), and everything inbetween. Crime in the City is outstanding, one of his very best. Definitely one of his five best albums, ranking right up there with After the Gold Rush and Rust Never Sleeps.

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