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This review is from: Neil Young - Heart Of Gold [DVD] (DVD)
Prior to releasing the Prairie Wind album, Neil Young performed most of the songs from it at the Grand Ole Opry, along with a second set featuring many of his most enduring and popular songs. Jonathan Demme, director of Silence Of The Lambs and the Talking Head's concert film Stop Making Sense, was invited by Neil to film the concert, the rehearsals and to conduct interviews with Neil and members of the band and road crew. The resulting film, which had a limited cinema release before coming out on DVD, ranks as one of the best collaborations between a musician and a film-maker.
Neil Young is an artist who loves to perform in the moment and over the years he has built up strong relationships with a vast number of musicians and singers, all of whom have become familiar with his working methods but who are nonetheless thrilled to perform with him. Brought together at short notice and with very little time to rehearse before the big concert, "Heart Of Gold" shows how true working musicians and singers can achieve so much magic not by the size of a pay cheque but through passion for their art and an affinity for performing in the moment.
What emerges is a heartwarming concert film full of great performances, plenty of humour and some excellent interviews with the participants, including Neil, Emmylou Harris, Spooner Oldham, Ben Keith, Chad Cromwell, Rick Rosas, Wayne Jackson, Diana DeWit, Anthony Crawford and Karl Himmel among others. But the best interviewees are Grant Boatwright and Larry Cragg, two wonderful personalities with incredible knowledge and a passion for telling stories.
Plus, of course, the music is fantastic! The second DVD contains some good extra material from the rehearsals and more interview material with Larry Cragg and Grant Boatwright.