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5.0 out of 5 stars A desert island album, 21 Jun 2009
This review is from: Live At Massey Hall 1971 (Cd + Dvd) (Audio CD)
I recall hearing Harvest for the first time in a music shop as a boy, with my father, and our both falling in love with this strange voice. I have loved Harvest for the last 40 years because of the significance of this shared experience and for the sheer beauty of its songs, and I have cherished (nearly) everything else Neil Young has written/sung since. I was therefore prepared to find Live at Massey Hall a moving experience but nothing prepared me for my 'hairs on the back of the neck' reaction to this very very special CD. Young's voice sounds as wobbly, sensitively expressive as ever, but he brings an authority and a compelling freshness to these 'new songs', played in a straight and uncomplicated way with piano and acoustic guitar accompaniment. Strange though it seems, in some ways it's almost like hearing them for the first time. The interweaving of 'A Man needs a Maid' and 'Heart of Gold' is so very special I just want to play it again and again. If you love early NY buy this; it casts new light on some extraordinary music and, I hope, will leave you as deeply moved as it does me.
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