10 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Recorded under a full moon in late 1976, Hitchhiker captures an unaccompanied Young at his most penetrating and stripped down. Though several of these songs later became staples (“Pocahontas,” “Ride My Llama,” the haunting “Powderfinger”), they never sounded quite as pure as they do here—never quite captured that elusive balance of ethereal and elemental that makes Young such a legend. First written off by record labels at the time as little more than a set of demos (in Young’s telling, at least), Hitchhiker stands now as a beautiful, singular document—and it's lightning in a bottle.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Recorded under a full moon in late 1976, Hitchhiker captures an unaccompanied Young at his most penetrating and stripped down. Though several of these songs later became staples (“Pocahontas,” “Ride My Llama,” the haunting “Powderfinger”), they never sounded quite as pure as they do here—never quite captured that elusive balance of ethereal and elemental that makes Young such a legend. First written off by record labels at the time as little more than a set of demos (in Young’s telling, at least), Hitchhiker stands now as a beautiful, singular document—and it's lightning in a bottle.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
78 Ratings

78 Ratings

westernsky888 ,

Neil Young/Hitchhiker

You obviously know nothing about Neil Young and what he was doing musically in 1976. All of these songs are Neil Young classics. These songs from the recording sessions with David Briggs have been long awaited. Comparing Neil Young to Don McLean....YIKES.

dornyphx ,

Don Mclean rip off

Neil Young had the most influience on his
generation of music more than anyone other than maybe Bob Dylan. Don Mclean ripoff, good lord learn your music history.

NickDangerous ,

Neil...

Neil Young's body of work over the past 45+ years is the most prolific and socially important collection of music of any 20th/21st century singer/songwriter...OK, maybe with the exception of Dylan...
Neil has stayed true to himself and his message(s). This album revisits some of his most endearing work... Neil owes us nothing more at this point...we owe him our gratitude for his lifetime of work.

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