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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.
I excitedly just bought this release, but this show which has been on the web for years is 2h50min long, so 25 min is missing. Notably 'Cowgirl in the Sand' (my favourite ever NY track) has been excised, as has virtually all the inter-track talk and feedback guitar intro / outros.
You are left with all tracks cutting in without many signature feedback intros and fading out before last notes die out. From a technical point of view, there are DC offsets between tracks that cause small clicks and the music phase is inverted, dulling the sound.
Fortunately I can fix these problems myself and have the missing parts from the best remastered web version so I can restore the missing bits, so I can enjoy the music, but this is unforgivable lax / crass editing of what is clearly a much better master source and could easily have been one of the very best NY live issues. Thus I give 2 stars for what would otherwise be worth 5...TomP
ordered vinyl edition on release date - 5 stars for music great live sound good vinyl pressing would recommend to any NY fan - 3 stars for presentation of box set poor quality box considering price and would have been mice to have some information re recording / track information other than single production credit sheet
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.
Some NY & Crazy Horse live releases over the years have seemed to either be a test in the loyalty/patience of fans and/or part of their pension top-up plans, but this release, together with 'Weld' is I would say essential, and reasonably priced, although a few more sleeve notes would be appreciated. Makes me regret that the one time I saw Neil Young it was with a band that wasn't Crazy Horse, and he was promoting "Trans"....need I say more...
Don't listen to Doctor Dr. X , this person doesn't know what he's talking about , first of all A Horse With No Name isn't a Neil Young song , it's by America, if he was a genuine fan of Neil Young he would know that a Crazy Horse live album is always going to be electric, rocking music, , this is perhaps the best live album Neil Young has ever released, stunning versions of many classic songs
Having been disappointed by most of NY's releases over the last 2 or 3 decades, I reluctantly gave this a try. It's wonderful - the ultimate Young electric live album. Although 50% of the songs are the same as Weld, the sound quality is better. In particular the two guitars are well separated (unlike the 'one huge guitar' sound that Young liked). Not a bad track - even the ridiculous T-Bone somehow fits in. Love it.