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Number 61

Neil Young - Heart of Gold (Reprise K14140 - 1972)

It was hard to escape the sound of Neil Young in the early 1970s, which was largely due to his hugely successful third solo album After the Goldrush and its follow up Harvest. The now familiar acoustic sound of this era was as a result of a back injury Young suffered, which effectively forced him to sit for a while with an acoustic guitar instead of standing with an electric guitar. The harmonica playing was so similar to Bob Dylan's style that Dylan was allegedly disdainful of the record, especially in view of the fact that it had reached the number one spot in the US charts. With both James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt singing on the record, Heart of Gold remains one of the most played singles in my collection.