#315Albums is a list of 315 albums that appear on both the Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, as well as the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die book, edited by Robert Dimery. At its best, it is a representation of some of the greatest music ever released; at its worst, it is a journey through the history of music that the majority see as important, influential, and/or relevant. If nothing else, these albums are worth experiencing at least once to get a better understanding of music, which is why we are working to complete all #315Albums.

No. 011

“[Everybody Knows This is Nowhere is] raw, rushed, energised. [The band is] at once primitive and abstract, [with a] gloriously spontaneous sound [that] would endure, not only as a blueprint for Young, but as an influence on countless bands.”

Artist: Neil Young
Album: Everybody Knows This is Nowhere
Released: 1969
Label: Reprise
Rolling Stones Ranking: 210

I have to admit that I didn’t really know who Neil Young was prior to this album. Hell, even after listening to it, I am still not sure exactly who he is, or what his music is all about, and that’s why I enjoyed this so much. This album has such an incredible range on it, from vocals that reminded me of The Beatles on “Cinnamon Girl” and “Cowgirl in the Sand”, to a country style in the middle of the album with “The Losing End (When You’re On)”, and then a wailing violin that demands your attention with “Running Dry (Requiem for the Rockets)”. It all wraps up with some rocking guitar solos in the final minutes of the finale, “Cowgirl in the Sand”. I didn’t even mention “Round and Round (It Won’t Be Long)” which is almost folksy in style. This album is seriously all over the place, and I had a hell of a time listening to it. I can’t wait to see what else Young’ discography has to offer.

Cinefessions’ #315Albums Rating: 79%

Image and quote courtesy of Rolling Stone Magazine.