Sugar Mountain: Live At Canterbury House 1968 [CD + DVD] CD+DVD, Live
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NEIL YOUNG Sugar Mountain (2008 UK 23-track CD/DVD set. Recorded over two nights in November 1968 at The Canterbury House in Ann Arbor Michigan on a TEAC two track tape recorder this album documents the launch of Youngs careeras a solo artistfollowing his departure from Buffalo Springfield just six months prior including songs written during his Buffalo tenure as well as newly written material that would appear on future solo works. Included in the performance are several momentsof witty engaging banter that are highlighted in this album release. The DVD-Audio Disc features the entire album in superior 5.1 Surround Sound & Stereo)
Recorded in Michigan in 1968, Neil Young’s Sugar Mountain concert at Canterbury House was performed during a transitional period for the singer-songwriter. Buffalo Springfield had recently dissolved and the 21-year-old Young was tentatively feeling his way towards a solo career. There are no orchestral embellishments here – it’s literally just Young, his guitar and a steady flow of stories and audience banter. Versions of “Mr Soul” and “Expecting to Fly” are stripped right down to the basics, and Buffalo Springfield tracks like "Broken Arrow" and “Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing” are rendered more naked and honest in the same way. These songs are punctuated with newer material like “The Old Laughing Lady,” and "Birds" (which would show up on After The Gold Rush a couple of years later), as well as the singer’s often amusing anecdotes, which range from the rigors of owning a Bentley to being sacked from a bookstore for being high on “diet pills”. While not as immersive as Live At Massey Hall, Sugar Mountain is an alluring profile of a singer on the cusp of an outstanding career. --Danny McKennaSee all Product Description
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A word of warning as it is bound to come up and someone will cry rip off as on Amazon.com at present. The DVD is a DVD-Audio disc (commonly abbreviated as DVD-A) and is a digital format for delivering very high-fidelity audio content on a DVD. DVD-Audio is not intended to be a video delivery format and should not be confused with video DVDs containing concerts and music videos. It's actually very good value for money and gives you the same material on 2 different formats. If you don't have a DVD-Audio player then play the CD, as someone who has a DVD-A player I have the CD to enjoy in the car.
Just acoustic guitar and vocal it is all you really need a two channel recording replicated very well from a 40 year old tape. The show while not quite as good as the Masey Hall release from last year is still a very compelling listen.
The bonus is that this comes with a DVD which gives anyone with a DVD player the opportunity to listen to the concert at maximum fidelity (there is not much video content but who cares it's about the music). As with most of Neil Young's recent releases this comes in a gatefold paper sleeve with a disc in each side. Reminiscent of the old days of LP's but with the need for much stronger spectacles.
Previous reviewers have already mentioned the selections that are on this album. I'll just go so far as to say that, as usual, it's the songs you weren't expecting to be impressed by that impress most. For me, it was "If I Could Have Her Tonight" and "I've Been Waiting For You", tracks that weren't favourites of mine from the first album as well as "Out Of My Mind".
Throughout Neil's voice is strong and his playing steady. The sparse arrangements highlight the imagination present in Neil's songwriting. Sure, the inbetween song banter can only be described as goofy, but the artistry present in the writing and performance is professional, even virtuoso.
It is fascinating (the first time, at least) to hear Neil's banter, but it is a little lengthy and silly at times to make repeated listenings comfortable. I guess it's lucky we have MP3 players now so that we can trim the performance down a little - even if that goes against Neil's intention to provide the highest quality sound possible.
In summation, if you're fanatical about Neil Young, you will need to get this at some point. If you're not sure, there's a chance this record might make your mind up.
This concert from 1968 predates that first album and indeed appears to be a very rare early solo venture fresh out of Springfield's security. The chatter shouldn't come as such a surprise, his humour was evident all through Massey Hall though in an albeit more subdued sense. The music is genuinely what counts and here we have such a collection of songs that we are only likely to hear Neil sing live on this cd/dvd and that makes it such an attractive buy.
On The Way Home kicks it off, the same as Massey Hall as it happens. The version here doesn't match up to that by any means, though the follow up Mr Soul is strummed to such a different beat to any I've heard that it immediately pricks one's ears up. The next two songs really raise the stakes though; an acoustic Expecting To Fly (without a doubt my favourite Sprinfield era Neil Young song) which is gorgeous, and a version of Last Trip To Tulsa which is far more urgent and less rambling than the album version.
There follows The Loner (like Mr Soul this is strummed in a quite unique style) and Birds which was eventually released as a piano version on After The Gold Rush. It sounds like it would have sounded at least as good if it had remained a guitar song. Another Springfield song follows (Out Of My Mind).Read more ›
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Young rambles a little too much for my liking but this aside this is a good album for Neil Young fans who want to have a live recording of his earlier yearsPublished 1 month ago by Rob H
it was such a great era for new exciting music this is giving you a insight into back then and you can see how Neil Young became the legand that he isPublished on 25 April 2013 by anne donovan
I expected to receive a CD and a DVD. What I actually received was a CD and DVDa.ie a DVD containing audio only. There is no video, except for 5 minutes of trailers. Read morePublished on 16 July 2012 by Jet
What an album. What a guy. What a front cover. What a DVD. What a great way to spend your time, not only listening to the album, but reading this review. Read morePublished on 8 Mar. 2012 by Roy
This is a brilliant acoustic live album showing Neil's talents. I love all the songs and the playing. I'm so glad I decided to buy this. Great! A must buy.Published on 8 Feb. 2012 by thisound
Neil Young is probably the greatest, most hard working artist in the history of music & I love him for it. Read morePublished on 3 Sept. 2009 by Mr. P. Ryan
This concert, I believe, was Neil's first major solo gig after splitting from Buffalo Springfield and was put on to guage public reaction to his solo act. Read morePublished on 17 Feb. 2009 by L. Parsons