Canada, 1974, folk rock / singer-songwriter / country rock
Neil Young – On the Beach: I’ve got a few Neil Young albums in my collection mostly because (a) I like his music well enough, and (b) he is highly regarded. There are a lot of serious music lovers out there who adore this man’s music, even going so far as to say he is the voice of a generation and that his albums are the best of their time. I wouldn’t go that far, but I do sense there is more to Mr. Young than I’ve yet discovered. Every once in a while one of his songs really grabs me. The eponymous track on this album does. “I need a crowd of people, but I can’t face them day to day.” Although this isn’t a state of mind I can personally identify with, I know a lot of people who feel this way, so I try to sympathize. As for me, I learned long ago that people just ain’t no good. I avoid them whenever possible.