23. Neil Young Everybody Knows This Nowhere

(Reprise, 1969)

Neil Young’s second album- and first with Crazy Horse- has always been a favourite of fans and critics alike.

After Young’s folk rock group Buffalo Springfield called it a day, the Canadian native scored a moderate success with his self-titled début as a solo artist. But Young would really progress and mark out his own sound on his second long player, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere.

Though it contains several fine, country and folk-based songs (chiefly ‘Round & Round’ and ‘Running Dry’)  it is perhaps the rockers that make the biggest impression.

The ragged, loose and lengthy ‘Cowgirl In The Sand’ and ‘Down By The River’ were like little that preceded them in 1969, and have proved startlingly influential ever since. And the crunching electric guitars of Young and cohort Danny Whitten makes ‘Cinnamon Girl’ the perfect pop/rock song that it is.

The free-wheeling, heavy rocking spirit prevalent on Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere mark it out as a great record for the open road.

Try also: Neil Young Tonight’s The Night (Reprise, 1975).