Neil Young has spent over 50 years writing songs. But even with 35 albums, there are a ton of tracks that have fallen by the wayside over the years. Some are from albums that never came out, while others were only played live a handful of times before disappearing completely. Here are 20 of our favorite lesser-known songs that are either unreleased or under-appreciated. Neil Young wrote songs at such a frantic pace in mids that he couldn't possibly release them all, even though he was averaging an album a year. This gentle love ballad was cut during the sessions for Homegrown , an LP he canned in favor of Tonight's the Night , itself an album that had been sitting on the shelf for over a year. Many of the Homegrown songs surfaced on later albums, but "Kansas" stayed in the vault and only emerged again on Young's solo acoustic tour.
Neil Young is the self-titled debut studio album by Canadian musician Neil Young following his departure from Buffalo Springfield in , issued on Reprise Records. Some sources place the album's release date on January 22, ,  while other sources have the release date as Young's 23rd birthday, November 12, The first release used the Haeco-CSG encoding system. This technology was intended to make stereo records compatible with mono record players, but had the unfortunate side effect of degrading the sound. Young was unhappy with the first release. The album was therefore remixed as announced in Rolling Stone issue 47, from December 13 , and re-released without Haeco-CSG processing. The words "Neil Young" were added to the album cover after what was left of the original stock had been used up, so copies of both mixes exist in the original sleeve. Copies of the original mix are now rare and sought-after, because many [ who? It was released on audiophile vinyl in December , both individually and as part of a box-set of Neil's first four LPs available via his official website.
Despite a mixed initial reaction, it has since appeared on a number of "greatest albums" lists. The incorporation of Lofgren was a characteristically idiosyncratic decision by Young: Lofgren had not played keyboards on a regular basis prior to the sessions. The cover art is a solarized image of Young, walking past the New York University School of Law campus, passing an old woman. The picture was taken by photographer Joel Bernstein and was reportedly out of focus. It was because of this he decided to mask the blurred face by solarizing the image. Young had read the screenplay and asked Stockwell if he could produce the soundtrack. Critics were not immediately impressed; the review in Rolling Stone magazine by Langdon Winner was negative, with Winner feeling that, "none of the songs here rise above the uniformly dull surface. Here the gaunt pain of Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere fills out a little—the voice softer, the jangling guitar muted behind a piano. Young's melodies—every one of them—are impossible to dismiss. He can write 'poetic' lyrics without falling flat on his metaphor even when the subject is ecology or crumbling empire.
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