Power Hour: 60 minutes of music that sum up the venerable, ornery Neil Young

Power Hour distills musicians’ discographies down to one tight 60-minute set, picking the big hits and deeper cuts from across a career, looking both to define who the artists are and to serve as a killer compilation.

In the original liner notes to Neil Young’s 1977 anthology Decade, the singer-songwriter comments briefly about where his head was at after his multi-platinum 1972 country-rock album Harvest. “I was becoming more interested in an audio verité approach,” Young writes, explaining the bumpy path his music would take over the next five years. It’s not that his songs became difficult to understand in the 1970s, or even harder to like. Young’s a classicist, who believes in plain folk ballads and garage-rock, with verses, choruses, hooks, and solos. But while his peers were buying into the major label system by plowing their royalties back into polished albums—letting everything from the …

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