Year of the Horse

Year of the Horse is a 1997 American documentary film directed by Jim Jarmusch, following Neil Young and Crazy Horse on their 1996 tour. An accompanying live album by Neil Young & Crazy Horse was released in 1997. It offers a different track listing than the film.


  • Neil Young
  • Poncho Sampedro
  • Billy Talbot
  • Ralph Molina


The film had its world premiere at the 1997 San Francisco International Film Festival on May 8, 1997.[1] It was released in the United States on October 8, 1997.[2]


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 48{ae90547d17d4d74b17007ee836a04674fd006933c139011dc78eb03c100070a7} based on 25 reviews, with a weighted average rating of 5.2/10. The website’s critical consensus reads, “Year of the Horse might be worth a watch for hardcore fans of Neil Young or Jim Jarmusch, but it will likely test the patience of most other viewers.”[3] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 58 out of 100, based on 14 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”.[2]

Live album

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The live album peaked at number 57 on the Billboard 200 chart,[5] as well as number 36 on the UK Albums Chart.[6]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Neil Young.

Disc one
1.“When You Dance I Can Really Love”6:20
2.“Barstool Blues”9:02
3.“When Your Lonely Heart Breaks”5:04
4.“Mr. Soul”5:05
5.“Big Time”7:28
7.“Human Highway”4:07
Disc two
1.“Slip Away”10:52
2.“Scattered (Let’s Think About Livin’)”4:00
3.“Danger Bird”13:34
4.“Prisoners of Rock ‘n’ Roll”6:40
5.“Sedan Delivery” (not included on the vinyl version)7:16


  • Neil Young – guitar, piano, harmonica, vocals
  • Poncho Sampedro – guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Billy Talbot – bass guitar, vocals
  • Ralph Molina – drums, percussion, vocals
  • John Hausmann – recording
  • Tim Mulligan – mixing, mastering
  • Gary Burden – art direction, design
  • Jenice Heo – art direction, design
  • Lars Larsen – cover photography
  • L.A. Johnson – back cover photography
  • Jim Jarmusch – inside photography

  • Year of the Horse at IMDb
  • Year of the Horse at Discogs (list of releases)
  • Interview with Jim Jarmusch and Larry A. Johnson

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