Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere is the second studio album by Canadian musician Neil Young, released on Reprise Records catalogue RS 6349. His first with backing band Crazy Horse, it peaked at #34 on the Billboard 200 and has been certified a platinum album by the RIAA.
The album contains three songs that became standards in his performance repertoire: "Cinnamon Girl," "Down by the River," and "Cowgirl in the Sand," all of which were written when Young had a 103 °F (39.5 °C) fever. In 2003, the album was ranked #208 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. An interesting production note: Young's final lead vocal track (on the original album) was actually a temporary scratch vocal he sang through the low quality talk-back microphone on the mixing board, with no effects such as reverb. Young liked the stark contrast to the rest of the recording and used the track, becoming one of Young's many innovations.
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere was remastered and released on HDCD-encoded compact disc and digital download on July 14, 2009 as part of the Neil Young Archives Original Release Series. It was released on audiophile vinyl in December 2009, both