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Date Listed 07-May-17
Address Peterborough, ON K9H6R1
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More Info Pop Culture Collectibles

  • Description
Vinyl vg-ex, cover vg-ex

Orig. flower pattern inside album cover

Label: Reprise Records ‎– R 2180

Released: 1974
Genre: Rock

A1 Walk On
Bass – Billy Talbot
A2 See The Sky About To Rain
Drums – Levon Helm
A3 Revolution Blues
Bass – Rick Danko
Drums – Levon Helm
Rhythm Guitar – David Crosby
A4 For The Turnstiles 3:13
A5 Vampire Blues
Guitar – George Whitsell
B1 On The Beach
Piano [Wurlitzer] – Graham Nash
B2 Motion Pictures
Slide Guitar – Rusty Kershaw
B3 Ambulance Blues
Fiddle – Rusty Kershaw

Bass, Percussion – Tim Drummond
Drums, Vocals – Ralph Molina
Harmonica [Harp], Tambourine [Electric] – Joe Yankee

Producer – Al Schmitt (tracks: B1 to B3), David Briggs (tracks: A1, A4), Mark Harman (tracks: A2, A3, A5), Neil Young
Vocals, Guitar, Guitar [Dobro], Piano, Organ, Percussion, Bass – Ben Keith
Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Banjo, Harmonica – Neil Young

Recorded after (but released before) Tonight's the Night, On the Beach shares some of that album's bleakness and crude production—which came as a shock to fans and critics alike, as this was the long-awaited studio follow-up to the commercially and critically successful Harvest—but also included hints pointing towards a more subtle outlook, particularly on the opener, "Walk On".

Much like Tonight's the Night, On the Beach was not a commercial success at the time of its release but over time attained a high regard from fans and critics alike. The album was recorded in a haphazard manner, with Young utilizing a variety of session musicians, and often changing their instruments while offering only bare-bones arrangements for them to follow (in a similar style to Tonight's the Night). He also would opt for rough, monitor mixes of songs rather than a more polished sound, alienating his sound engineers in the process.

Throughout the recording of the album, Young and his fellow musicians consumed a homemade concoction dubbed "Honey Slides", a goop of sauteed grass and honey that "felt like "h". This may account for the mellow mood of the album, particularly the second half of the LP. Young has said of it "Good album. One side of it particularly—the side with 'Ambulance Blues', 'Motion Pictures' and 'On the Beach'—it's out there. It's a great take."

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