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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enough to make lesser guitarists weep with envy,
I remember seeing Crosby Stills Nash and Young live at Wembly stadium, way back in the early 1970s, and being knocked out by Neil's guitar playing and with his ability to strike up a rapport with the other band members. This superb live album catapults me back to those heady days. Long drawn out guitar solos can be as dull as ditch water in the hands of lesser men, but here, Neil Young and Crazy Horse explore and interact musically in a way that is simply inspirational. The timing, dynamics and phrasing of the pre-grunge guitar work are enough to make other guitarists weep with envy.
But this is not just a guitar driven album: in this record Neil Young testifies to the fact that he is a songwriter of immense stature, capable of delivering material of a quality that cements his reputation as a rock legend.
75 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant but beware of the DVD,
As superb as you would expect, but be warned: if you are expecting the DVD to be a recording of the Concert you will be bitterly disappointed, as I was: it is essentially the Audio with a series of still photographs from the concert. Unless this is what you want, stick with the CD only version and save some money.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth Waiting For !,
36 years on, this is a beautifully engineered recording of the first incarnation of Neil Young & Crazy Horse. Sounds as clear as many of his studio recordings, does not have a bad moment on it, and compares favourably with all of Young's many other live releases. Sound quality on the DVD version is superb and well put together with multiple B & W shots from the original concert. Switch on the plasma screen, turn up loud, and you'll be there. Let's hope that more of this archive stuff is available soon for us.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's been along wait ....36 years,
Neil with Crazy Horse (with Danny Whitten) only 36 minutes but what a gem, if the rest of Neils fabled archives match this, then we are in for a treat. Great photos from Joel Bernstein on the DVDA - sound quality is superb.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blistering,
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This album has been worth the wait.You'll never hear better versions of "Down by the river" and "Cowgirl in the sand" .The whole album is brilliant and Neil is so passionate ,almost manic.The band are so tight and,bless him,it's a pity Danny Whitten didn't stay with us longer.The Horse seem seem to have so much more energy with Danny around.
They don't make music like this anymore.
Treat yourself.This is rock'n'roll at it's best.
Roll on the next archive release.
Rock'n' roll can never die !!!!!!!
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Young's Best Live Album,
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I can't say that 'Down by the River' & 'Cowgirl' are amongst my favourite Young Songs - but the live versions here are superb, his playing with Danny Whitten is fantastic, what recordings Crazy Horse would have made if he was still with us ? All the tracks are superb. If you're a Young fan or not you won't be disappointed with this.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wondering when the next release will be!,
Its a real shame that the tapes for the rest of this show no longer exist, however the tracks that survive here are suberb in their own right!.
I'm amazed at how good a recording this is considering its 36 years ago!...sounds like it was recorded yesterday. The recording also benifits from very little crowd noise which can become a little too much on other live albums.
Crazy Horse are probably at their peak here thanks to Danny Whitten, all tracks are superb with special mentions for Cowgirl in the Sand and Down By the River, both of which are lessons on how rock guitar really should be played....the interplay between Young and Whitten is jawdroppingly good!
Can't wait for future vault releases!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but .....coulda, shoulda been longer?,
I previously wrote a review of this (which I guess didn't pass muster because I can find no of it!) where, despite being a loyal Young fan since '89, I basically slagged it off for being far too short after such a long gestation to an actual release. Hidden within the menus on the DVD-A disc as a kind-of easter egg is footage of Neil and Joel Bernstein in one of the back rooms of the fabled ARCHIVES, looking at photographs and negatives from this concert ( many of which you see when playing the high rez DVD-A version), and the date in the camera viewfinder is from early 1996 or '97. Just a clue as to how long this has been coming...Oh, to get to this interesting tidbit, you have to highlight and press enter on the Shakey Pictures circus logo on one of the sub-menus (it might be under Set-Up)and then hit enter again when the file cabinet drawer shows up.
Anyway, maybe the source tapes weren't there or not good enough to include the first half of these shows that had Neil doing just acoustic stuff, who knows. Or maybe that will be released separately? You can never tell with Neil. Which leads me to wonder - can anyone answer why this disc has Disc 02 printed on it when it's a debut release from the Performance Series?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Come on baby let's go downtown,
Ah what heaven this album is - shame it isn't longer but thems the breaks.
The original (and best) Crazy Horse, with the addition of Jack Nitzsche on electric piano, play several tunes from their then new album `Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere' plus a couple of others that turned up on later albums. The version of `Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown' is slightly different from the one featured on `Tonight's The Night' (wonder what show that came from), but is just as good.
But the twin highspots are of course `Down By The River' and `Cowgirl In The Sand' - and these may well be better than the studio versions, especially Cowgirl which has always dragged a bit for me but here is absolutely blistering all the way through.
If you're a Crazy Horse fan you really must get this - and just a final word for poor old Danny Whitten, let's remember him for this rather than Rod Stewart murdering `I Don't Want To Talk About It'.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ramblin' Shamblin' Brilliance,
A superb showcase of the guitar chemistry between NY and the late lamented Danny Whitten. Basically, the album is built on two outstanding extended guitar work outs on Down by the River and Cowgirl in the Sand. No disrespect to the other, much shorter tracks - especially Winterlong - but these two monsters totally dominate proceedings. Especially on Cowgirl, the interplay between the two leads is outstanding - it's a snarling, growling warts and all classic which - even after 16 stupendous minutes - you just want to go on. As a collection, it's the antithesis of studio buff and polish, and it's all the better for that - and a fitting tribute to the relatively unsung Whitten's talent. Crank it up to 11, pin your lugs back and prepare to be well and truly Crazy Horsed...
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