Neil Young

Lotta Love

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Neil Young wrote the simple tune, "Lotta Love," for his 1978 album, Comes a Time, a collection of accessible, country-rock love songs. The down-home flavor of "Lotta Love" is owed to Young's particularly twangy and gentle vocal reading. Crazy Horse provides an uncharacteristically understated piano, acoustic guitar, bass, and drum accompaniment (it's one of two cuts on the album the crunchy band were invited to play on). When the group tackled "Lotta Love" a year later on the Live Rust tour and album, the song lost some of its desirable sweetness, particularly on Young's vocal; the added harmonies don't do much to enhance the live performance either, making the studio version the preferred take. Young's friend, the background vocalist and solo artist Nicolette Larson, recorded the song, as did Dinosaur Jr., who remade it for the Young tribute album The Bridge; the latter version was said to be among Young's favorite on the collection.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Comes a Time 1978 Reprise 2:40
Official Releases Series, Discs 8.5-12 2016 Reprise / Warner Music 2:54