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A Natural Beauty,
This review is from: Dreamin' Man Live '92 (Audio CD)
No 12 in the Archive Performance Series mysteriously jumps forward to 1992 -and the initial live performances of the Harvest Moon collection- bypassing his varied 80's output completely. And what a natural beauty this is.
I've always thought Harvest Moon to be rather lovely - if a little too perfect sounding.
So to get a rawer, slightly slower and more intimate solo take on the songs hits the spot. If you were lucky enough to see Neil on any of his Hammersmith shows in 2008 and loved the vibe of his acoustic set, then go for this.
Shaking up the running order does something very special - some of the songs which I thought were just ok. now seem
really wonderful particularly the opening songs - Dreamin' Man, Such a Woman and One of these Days.
One thing I've wondered though - I've never thought of Harvest Moon as Harvest 2 as it has often been cited. It doesn't sound like that old classic to my ears. The songs are from a man in his mid 40's in a mature relationship. It stands on its own merit - no need to cross refer it to anything else.
This new CD is certainly one of his very best recent releases and will be enjoyed just as much by casual fans. Highly recommended.
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Initial post: 8 Dec 2009 13:28:35 GMT
Mr. A. W. Riggs says:
In my opinion it is a 2 star record. For the reasons stated: too much of the archives replicate previous studio albums and Natural Beauty is not one of my favourites. The jump is no mystery it's Neil's way of showing that he's his own man, as ever.
I was at Hammersmith in 08 and you rightly state he was supreme, although the acoustic highlight was from 74 Ambulance Blues.
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Dec 2009 18:52:15 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Dec 2009 21:54:12 GMT
Hi - yes I understand your reasoning - but one thing about that - quite a lot of people won't read your review - they'll just see the 2* scoring and decline to purchase. And it'll bring down the overall average for this cd. That would be a real shame - bacause it's a great album which will give a lot of pleasure to many regardless of track content
BTW I'm not disagreeing with your review just your 2* rating- I also would love to have seen some of the unreleased tracks from that time included. But as you say, that's his way - he's his own man -he decides the release and contents.
Ambulance Blues was a great performance - he played at the show I attended aswell - the biggest thrill for me was he played 'Day and Night we walk these aisles' or whatever the title is - perhaps not a great song but he also sang it at Hammersmith in 76 when I saw him as a much younger boy.
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Dec 2009 22:55:32 GMT
Mr. A. W. Riggs says:
Respect to you for 76 Hammersmith show, I was there too. I've changed the rating to 4 stars.
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Dec 2009 08:53:40 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Dec 2009 18:54:58 GMT
I was thinking last night - that for many occasional NY fans this is probably their favourite album - my wife for instance -she doesn't like all the old stuff that much, hates the long guitar solos - so this is a very clever release. NY has always had a very clever business head and appears to be manipulative when he wants something- the way he used CSN for the 2006 tour for instance. Gives them a present of a tour but there's no future. Those songs won't be sung again.
It's what makes him unique but possibly what frustrates his long term fans the most aswell. Hence possibly your review.
Anyway I think 4* is reasonable too.
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