After the Gold Rush: NEIL YOUNG / PRELUDE

Australian singles chart:
After the Gold Rush by Prelude entered the Kent Music Report on 8 April 1974 and peaked at #51.

Neil Young’s original version of After the Gold Rush is on the album of the same name which entered the Kent Music Report album charts on 18 January 1971 and peaked at #13.

Neil Young

Neil Young, David Briggs

Record labels of Australian releases:
Neil Young – Reprise
Prelude – Dawn



After the Gold Rush was written and performed by Neil Young and is the title song from his 1970 album of the same name. It also appears on the compilation albums Decade, and Greatest Hits, and on Live Rust.
An a capella version was a hit in many countries in 1974 for the English vocal group Prelude.
It is ranked number 322 on Rolling Stone‘s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Young has said that he doesn’t recall what the song is about. Dolly Parton, recalling a conversation while in the process of recording a cover of the song, along with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt, for their 1999 album Trio II, said: “I loved the song on Neil Young’s [1970] album and I loved it when Prelude had it out in 1974. But I didn’t know what the song meant. Linda and Emmy knew Neil, so we called him and asked him. He said, ‘I have no idea.’ I thought that was so funny. I think it’s about the Second Coming or the invasion of aliens, or both.”
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