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Released: May 1969

Rating: 4.273 (average of 13 ratings)

Genre: rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Cinnamon Girl
  2. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
  3. Round & Round (It Won’t Be Long)
  4. Down by the River
  5. Losing End (When You’re On)
  6. Running Dry (Requiem for the Rockets)
  7. Cowgirl in the Sand

Total Running Time: 40:29

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 2.4
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 3.5


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 34
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Cinnamon Girl (6/20/70) #55 US


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Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
“Neil Young's second solo album, released only four months after his first, was nearly a total rejection of that polished effort. Though a couple of songs, Round Round (It Won't Be Long) and The Losing End (When You're On), shared that album's country-folk style, they were altogether livelier and more assured. The difference was that, while Neil Young was a solo effort, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere marked the beginning of Young's recording association with Crazy Horse, the trio of Danny Whitten (guitar), Ralph Molina (drums), and Billy Talbot (bass) that Young had drawn from the struggling local Los Angeles group the Rockets. With them, Young quickly cut a set of loose, guitar-heavy rock songs — Cinnamon Girl, Down by the River, and Cowgirl in the Sand — that redefined him as a rock & roll artist. The songs were deliberately underwritten and sketchy as compositions, their lyrics more suggestive than complete, but that made them useful as frames on which to hang the extended improvisations (‘River’ and ‘Cowgirl’ were each in the nine-to-ten-minute range) Young played with Crazy Horse and to reflect the ominous tone of his singing. Young lowered his voice from the near-falsetto employed on his debut to a more expressive range, and he sang with greater confidence, accompanied by Whitten and, on ‘Round Round,’ by Robin Lane. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere was breathtakingly different when it appeared in May 1969, both for Young and for rock in general, and it reversed his commercial fortunes, becoming a moderate hit. (Young's joining Crosby, Stills & Nash the month after its release didn't hurt his profile, of course.) A year and a half after its release, it became a gold album, and it has since gone platinum. And it set a musical pattern Young and his many musical descendants have followed ever since; almost 30 years later, he was still playing this sort of music with Crazy Horse, and a lot of contemporary bands were playing music clearly influenced by it.” WR

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Last updated March 28, 2010.