Monday, March 20, 2006

Quite Simply, The Man Is Amazing Live In Concert

If you get the chance to see Neil Young perform live, do it! If not, then try to get some of his live material. After you've already purchased LIVE RUST, WELD, and YEAR OF THE HORSE (I'd also highly recommend the BERLIN and RED ROCKS DVDs), go ahead and get some bootlegs. Neil is on record as not being opposed to sharing tapes of live shows that he is not commercially releasing himself.

One amazing set of bootlegs is the 4-CD series dubbed "Rock 'n' Roll Cowboy". Disc 1 is highlighted by a mind-blowing version of "Cowgirl In The Sand", as well as some great solo-acoustic stuff, and the unreleased gem "Dance Dance Dance". Disc 2 opens with a great "Pardon My Heart", has an amazing "Southern Man", and also includes unreleased songs "Traces", "Love Art Blues", "Hawaiian Sunrise", "Evening Coconut", "Give Me Strength" and "Lady Wingshot".

Disc 3 has a 10+ minute version of "Touch The Night" that is incredible enough to make you rethink the entire Geffen Era, and the unreleased "Grey Riders" just about knocked me out cold! Disc 4 contains what might well be Neil's best unreleased song ever, "Ordinary People", as well as his Academy Awards Show performance of "Philadelphia".

This is a great collection that spans Neil's career from the mid-'60s to the mid-'90s...30 years of rockin' in the free world. Remember: LIVE MUSIC IS BETTER!!!!


Blogger Beth said...

I've been lucky enough to see Neil live four times -- once at his Bridge School benefit, during which he performed "Harvest" and "Ambulance Blues" with R.E.M.

9:19 PM, July 11, 2006  

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