I was 13 when this album came out. I had been born too late for the 60's, but I remember the influence of it creeping into my world from a very young age with music. What I knew, if I knew anything at 13, was that there was something going on in the world, some mystical, foggy, alive thing...and I was not a part of it. I really didn't even understand it.
But Neil Young did. Racism, Drug Addiction, Loneliness, a world upside down. Neil Young managed to take very complicated things and condense them into their base feelings in Harvest.
It wasn't well thought of in critical circles. I know "Heart of Gold" was the most popular song on the album though it wasn't one of mine. I loved "Old Man" and "Needle and the Damage Done" though others argue that "Are you ready for the Country" is the best written song. All I know is that when I heard Harvest for the first time it seemed to make my very complicated world simple, and a little less foggy.