It is undeniable that Neil Young's "Harvest" was influenced by Bob Dylan. Even Bob himself said that listening to "Heart of Gold" on the radio was like listening to himself and even expressed hatred for it. That being said, the real question is how much was Harvest influenced by Bob's work?
First things first, the first song on the album (Out on the Weekend) has a line borrowed directly from Bob's pen. In 1969 Bob released Nashville Skyline along with his hit song "Lay Lady Lay". In "Lay Lady Lay" he tells the lady to "Lay across my big brass bed". Neil, in his song, used the following line "She got pictures on the wall, they make me look up From her big brass bed" a clear reference to Dylan. Now that is the obvious part of the puzzle and proof that Neil was indeed to some degree listening and imitating Bob Dylan.
Recently I was jus listening to the Band and came up with a sort of theory of the Origin of the song "Heart of Gold", one of Neil's most Dylan-esq songs. In Dylan's Song "Tears of Rage" he uses the line "And now the heart is filled with gold As if it was a purse" (one of my favorite lines ever) which is strangly similar to Neil's "Heart of Gold". Is this a coincidence? I think not. Im not saying that Neil heard the Basement tapes during that time , but most likely had heard his fellow Canadians (The Band) play it on their album Music From Big Pink. However its just a theory and I am not taking anything away from Neil Young as he is one of my Favorite musicians of all time. Let me know what you think and point out any more Evidence of Bob Dylan's influence on the album Harvest