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Je suis un fan de la série Archives de Neil Young qui propose, depuis quelques années, des enregistrements live méconnus et même des albums entiers demeurés inédits.
Dernier en lice, un live datant de 1990 sur lequel Neil Young et le Crazy Horse se présentent au sommet de leur art. Setlist impeccable, on retrouve ce son sale et rugueux que j'apprécie tant chez Neil Young. L'ambiance s'installe, les pièces dépassent souvent les 10 minutes. Les solos déchirent puis s'appaisent. Après les explosives Like A Hurricane et Love and Only Love, l'album se conclut sur la très planante Cortez the Killer ... Un must.
Caution: I gave the vinyl edition 5 stars. The CD arrived today_ TERRIBLE SOUND COMPRESSED TO SOUND LIKE A BAD AD JINGLE. BUY THE VINYL!!!
Neil Young & Crazy Horse did not invent Grunge, but they did embody a garage band at it's finest, as is clear from this workout. Recorded to road test the songs from the sonic blast of Ragged Glory album at a small venue, the Horse deliver something different to both the original album & the bombastic sonic display of the live albums Weld & Arc. if there was a genre called 'Country Grunge' this would epitomize it. The band use a loud vs soft dynamic (later displayed by the likes of Nirvana & Oasis) and the melody vs volume sentiment used by many bands since this outing. What is evident is Neil's county roots & semi-hippy lyrics, coupled with melodic riffs What truely makes this such a pleasurable listening experience is that the Horse are not plodding behind Young, as the band delivers a more subtle & swinging approach to these songs. Of note is the best guitar interplay since Danny Whitten's death as the two guitars lock & weave with each other. The songs from Ragged Glory are the standouts (I'm discounting Farmer John which is simply silly) and new life is breathed into the rarely heard Surfer Joe & Moe the Sleaze and Homegrown. Mansion on the Hill & F-----n' Up are simply Neil & Co at their best. If at times the harmony vocals don't pan out, well, Neil has always sung somewhat carelessly of pitch perfection with this band. There are better versions of Cortez & Like a Hurricane out there, but let's not nit pick. Along with Live From The Fillmore East & Live Rust this is probably the best live electric outing they ever delivered.
Four stars for the music overall; five stars for the instrumental work, three for the vocals (some of which are painful) and lyrics (“got mashed potatoes, ain’t got no T bone”). Does anyone really listen to Neil Young for his vocals or lyrics? Every once in a while, his lyrics are spot on (e.g. Southern Man), but I usually try to ignore them. Maybe someday he’ll do a cover of Dana Carvey’s ‘Broccoli’ song.
One star for the absolutely atrocious packaging. Naked CDs slid into, and right out of, the cardboard cover. The only reason it rates one star is because the album name is printed on the front, and the song list is printed on the back, so at least you know what it is.
I rate this not as high as Psychedelic Pill, but right up there with Weld; a worthy addition to your Neil Young and Crazy Horse collection.