Offered for sale is a scarce copy of the German double album Two Originals of Neil Young by Neil Young, a reissue of his first two solo albums, released in 1976 as part of a large series of double albums under the “Two Originals of…” title.
About this copy: This copy of Two Originals of Neil Young is an original 1976 German pressing. This set paired his first solo album, Neil Young, with his second, Everybody Knows This is Nowhere and put them in a gatefold cover with new artwork on the outside, but with the original artwork inside the gatefold cover.
The cover is VG+, with wear at the edges and corners.
The two discs are M-.
A nice copy of a Neil Young item that’s quite hard to find. We’ve had many titles in the “Two Originals” series, but this is the first copy of this particular title we’ve ever seen.
Background: Neil Young, released in 1968, was Young’s first solo album. It sold poorly and did not chart in any major country.
His second album, 1969’s Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, fared somewhat better, reaching #34 on the U.S. charts and eventually being certified platinum by the RIAA.
On his songs for Buffalo Springfield, Neil Young had demonstrated an eclecticism that ranged from the rock of “Mr. Soul” to the complicated, multi-part arrangement of “Broken Arrow.” On his debut solo album, he continued to work with composer/arranger Jack Nitzsche, with whom he had made “Expecting to Fly” on the Buffalo Springfield Again album, and together the two recorded a restrained effort on which the folk-rock instrumentation, most of which was by Young, overdubbing himself, was augmented by discreet string parts.
Neil Young’s second solo album, released only four months after his first, was nearly a total rejection of that polished effort. Though a couple of songs, “Round Round (It Won’t Be Long)” and “The Losing End (When You’re On),” shared that album’s country-folk style, they were altogether livelier and more assured. The difference was that, while Neil Young was a solo effort, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere marked the beginning of Young’s recording association with Crazy Horse, the trio of Danny Whitten (guitar), Ralph Molina (drums), and Billy Talbot (bass) that Young had drawn from the struggling local Los Angeles group the Rockets. With them, Young quickly cut a set of loose, guitar-heavy rock songs — “Cinnamon Girl,” “Down by the River,” and “Cowgirl in the Sand” — that redefined him as a rock & roll artist.
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|Country of origin:||Germany|
||REP 64 031|
|Year of Release:||1976|