Ever since this legendary band reformed in 1999 it has very much been with Neil Young at the steering wheel. He has chosen the backing bands and he has vetoed any official releases from their prevoius, highly succesful tours, in 2000 and '02.
This isn't a proper livealbum either, but the soundtrack to his film about the band's "Freedom Of Speech" tour in '06, promoting Neil's "Living With War" album.
Where the tour was a mix of new and old songs, and the 30+ songlist somewhat equally shared between the four great songwriters, here it's all Neil, with 9 out of 16 songs being from "Living..", while the other three have to share the remaining 7. That Neil is by far the most succesful through the years, commercially and mediawise, hardly justify such a malproportion. And although I can wholeheratedly agree with Neil's poignant lyrics about War, Iraq and Mr. Bush, the musical qualities of his new tunes are more dubious.
The highlights of the CD is undoubtly the fine versions of the classics "Deja Vu" and "Wooden Ships", where it sounds like a band and where we get some of the famous twin leadguitar interplay between Neil and Stephen Stills.Whereas CSN is hardly audible through the new Neil songs. It's also on the classic tracks that the impeccable backing musicians really gel, not least the fine bassplayer Rick Rosas and drummer Chad Cromwell.
As evidenced by their recent collaborations with David Gilmour ("Island" and the live-DVD) David Crosby and Graham Nash are in topform vocally, whereas Stephen isn't, he doesn't even sing on his own "Find The Cost Of Freedom", but plays some fine guitar - when he's allowed to step out that is.
But else it's all Neil, and he's certainly in great form through out.
A fine release by one of the all-time greatest bands, though I personally would have preferred a whole show.