20 Best Second Albums of All Time

If at first you don't succeed – or even if you do – try, try again: Here are the best follow-ups in history

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Neil Young, 'Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere' (1969)
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18. Neil Young, 'Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere' (1969)

Released a mere six months after his eponymous 1968 solo debut, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere introduced the world to Neil Young's erstwhile backing group Crazy Horse, as well as the 1953 Gibson Les Paul (code name "Old Black") that would produce his signature sound. Comprising nearly half the album, the enigmatic and expansive "Down By the River" and "Cowgirl in the Sand" represent neoprimitivist acid rock at its finest. With the singular exception of an unextended "Cinnamon Girl," the rest of the album consists of bittersweet and evocative country rock performed in a simpler, more immediate fashion than on Young's less immediate and more ornamental Jack Nitzsche-produced predecessor.

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