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I'm not a die hard Young fan,i dip in and out of his catalogue occasionally,had the greatest hits,sold it,didnt do anything for me but 'Live',well thats a different story,bought 'Live Rust' and 'Rust never Sleeps' back in the 80's and 'Weld' in the mid 90's, the former albums are super but the latter just seeped into my soul, its a fantastic live album,one of my all time favourites.
So.... when this popped up out of nowhere as a 'you might like this' recommendation i was intrigued,when i realised it was a live disc of performances rehearsing for the tour that would produce the 'WELD ' disc, i was hooked.
WOW what a disc,a stunning performance spread over 2hrs 25 minutes. From the opening moments of 'Country Home' to the final waves of 'Cortez The Killer' tumbling from the speakers you have been treated to excellence , a near 2 and 1/2 hour long groove,with Young's intoxicating 'non vocals and lashings of lead guitar,simply put its mesmerising.
If you love Neil Young ,you probably have this ordered already,if you ever wondered what all the fuss was about,try this, (or any of those mentioned earlier).I wont be rushing to buy the back catalogue ,this will do me fine,although i may seek out one or two more live releases,this has re-awakened my interest.
The audio is excellent,comes in a digi pak,sparse,no liner notes,appears for all the world like an official bootleg but of high quality. Cant recommend this enough.
Even with the release of all the Young live albums through the archive series, I still think that “Weld” is my favourite of his live concerts. So when I heard that an show from the start of the “Ragged Glory” tour, recorded in a small club was going to be released, I was more than happy with that particular scenario. Clocking in a 142 minutes, there are plenty of extended versions Young’s songs, I always find listening to a live albums a more pleasurable experience when the songs differ from the studio versions. Although extended jamming, isn’t to everybody’s taste. There are quite a few songs played at this show that aren’t featured on the “Weld” album, including Country Home, Surfer Joe And Moe The Sleaze, Days That Used To Be, Bite The Bullet, Over And Over, Danger Bird, Don’t Cry No Tears, 3 T-Bone & Homegrown. So good value for money. Highlights for me “Days That Used To Be”, which has a bit of Dylanesque feel & “Homegrown” with a pleasing a capella chorus. Only quibbles are because Neil Young & Crazy Horse played three shows, the sound is faded out after most of the songs have finished, which breaks up the momentum of the show some what. Also the final song is “Cortez the killer”, which is a great song, but hardly a crash-band-wallop finale to the album. Still “Way down in the rust bucket” is a great live album, with Young & Crazy Horse at their live playing peak.
For years Neil has held back his archives releases and now we have an avalanche of new/old stuff. As a live recording this is superb - featuring some less obvious songs away from the some of the well worn classics such this features sublime versions of 'Surfer Joe', 'Bite The Bullet', 'Dangerbird', "Don't Cry No Tears', 'T-Bone' and a superb version of 'Days Used To Be'. Neil in his prime with his horse in harness.
I don’t usually purchase deluxe edition box set vinyls for two reasons. One they are too expensive, and two I don’t want to give my money to rip off record labels. I couldn’t resist this one, being my favourite band and a rare live recording from a great period in their gigging history. Box arrived all fine apart from the fact that where the CD’s and DVD of the concert was supposed to be there were two empty spaces in the box. Very disappointing and left me wishing that I’d stuck with my instinct and just purchased the CD version for £72 cheaper. In their favour Amazon have accepted a return and a replacement should arrive tomorrow. Could be the same if a whole batch has packed incorrectly, in which case I’ll just have to return again and claim a refund.
Update, hassle free replacement all present and correct. Absolutely fantastic release, the Horse on great form, rocking but slightly more relaxed and laid back than on Weld. If you are a Neil Young and Crazy Horse fan you need this album, it's up there with the other two Rust albums, Live Rust and Rust never sleeps.
Recorded in an intimate setting for the Ragged Glory tour, these 2 CDs capture Neil Young and Crazy Horse riding a creative peak after the doldruns of the 1980s. Strong material from the recent up tempo Ragged Glory and Freedom albums forms the focus of the set but there are also songs from Re-Actor and the late 1970s American Stars and Bars. This is Neil and CH playing melodic grunge before going more full blooded in Weld and later albums. Neil's vocals are relaxed and the recording is clear. Great versions of Love to Burn, Mansion on the Hill, Like a Hurricane and Cortez the Killer. One of his best recent archive releases.
I've been listening to this new Neil Young CD, since I received it this morning, and it's really good. I would say it's easily up there with his very best (Top 5 or 10). The bass sound has a really solid, deep funky groove and Neil's guitar sound is "that wild mercury sound" , which he has played. (I'll spare you the descriptions, sinewy, feral etc). He trades great guitar licks with Frank "Poncho" Sampedro and all in all, this is a great, fun recording to listen to. (I'm sure Neil would agree...).
Review of 2CD version - If you like many think Neil Young's 1990 album Ragged Glory was a purple patch with Crazy Horse and maybe you liked the Weld live album that followed, this might be even better. It's a club gig as a warm up to that tour and many NY classics get an outing along with 8 songs from Ragged Glory. The crowd noise is almost inaudible during the songs and between song chat is mostly edited out to provide a punchy live experience. Disc 1 is nearly 80mins and disc 2 about 65mins, so it's almost full. The recording quality is similar to that of a studio release. A no risk buy for fans of this era.
Six stars or more actually! If you like Neil, especialy his stuff from from throughout the 70's THEN THIS IS A MUST HAVE! A fantastic live recording (even if it has the missing parts that TomP alludes to). As good as it gets for Neil live!!! One, repeat one, of his best albums ever actually, certainly his best live. His voice is still in its prime, and the Horse are all stallions here! You just don't know what your missing if you don't buy it. Snooze you loose.