Tonight's the Night

Performers Neil Young

Reprise | January 1, 1990 | Compact Disc

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Personnel: Neil Young (vocals, piano, guitar, harmonica, vibes); Danny Whitten (guitar, vocals); Nils Lofgren (guitar, piano, vocals); Ben Keith (pedal steel guitar, slide guitar, vocals); Jack Nitzsche (piano); Billy Talbot, Tim Drummond (bass); Kenny Buttrey (drums); Ralph Molina (drums, vocals). Producers: Neil Young, David Briggs, Tim Mulligan, Eliot Mazer. Let's get a popular misconception out of the way. The rap about this being one of Young's darkest, most harrowing albums is utter nonsense, perpetuated by critics who spend more time reading each other than listening to the music. TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT is dedicated to Young's guitarist Danny Whitten and roadie Bruce Berry, who died shortly before this recording was made, and the title cut details that very subject, but the darker moments here are leavened by a generous share of self-parodic humor and general Neil Young loopiness. Sad, tender ballads like "Borrowed Tune," (itself not without humor) rub shoulders with hearty rockers like "Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown." Several tunes find Young and Crazy Horse exploring hard-edged country-rock with their collective tongue stuck firmly in the cheek, as on "Roll Another Number." Young's voice reels sadistically and purposefully out of tune, cutting through the arrangements like strategically placed barbed-wire (and providing a template for the work of Will Oldham/Palace two decades later). Sardonic, taunting, mercilessly self-deprecating, often downright funny, TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT is no gloomfest, but a multi-faceted, full-bodied classic.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: January 1, 1990

Genre: Country Rock

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1975

Label Name: Reprise

UPC: 075992722124

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Tonight's the Night

Tonight's the Night

Performers Neil Young
Guest Artist(s) Nils Lofgren

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: January 1, 1990

Genre: Country Rock

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1975

Label Name: Reprise

UPC: 075992722124


Title Track Time
1.Tonight's The Night --
2.Speakin' Out --
3.World On A String --
4.Borrowed Tune --
5.Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown - (live) --
6.Mellow My Mind --
7.Roll Another Number (For The Road) --
8.Albuquerque --
9.New Mama --
10.Lookout Joe --
11.Tired Eyes --
12.Tonight's The Night (part II) --

Editorial Notes

Personnel: Neil Young (vocals, piano, guitar, harmonica, vibes); Danny Whitten (guitar, vocals); Nils Lofgren (guitar, piano, vocals); Ben Keith (pedal steel guitar, slide guitar, vocals); Jack Nitzsche (piano); Billy Talbot, Tim Drummond (bass); Kenny Buttrey (drums); Ralph Molina (drums, vocals). Producers: Neil Young, David Briggs, Tim Mulligan, Eliot Mazer. Let's get a popular misconception out of the way. The rap about this being one of Young's darkest, most harrowing albums is utter nonsense, perpetuated by critics who spend more time reading each other than listening to the music. TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT is dedicated to Young's guitarist Danny Whitten and roadie Bruce Berry, who died shortly before this recording was made, and the title cut details that very subject, but the darker moments here are leavened by a generous share of self-parodic humor and general Neil Young loopiness. Sad, tender ballads like "Borrowed Tune," (itself not without humor) rub shoulders with hearty rockers like "Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown." Several tunes find Young and Crazy Horse exploring hard-edged country-rock with their collective tongue stuck firmly in the cheek, as on "Roll Another Number." Young's voice reels sadistically and purposefully out of tune, cutting through the arrangements like strategically placed barbed-wire (and providing a template for the work of Will Oldham/Palace two decades later). Sardonic, taunting, mercilessly self-deprecating, often downright funny, TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT is no gloomfest, but a multi-faceted, full-bodied classic.
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