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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice unplugged set, 30 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Sugar Mountain: Live At Canterbury House 1968 [CD + DVD] (Audio CD)
"Nothing I say up here is a lie. I have never ever told a lie onstage," says Neil Young during one of his between-song audience chats in this intriguing show. Besides the chat (and an impromptu snatch of "Classical Gas", of all things), the set consists of solo versions of songs he wrote while in Buffalo Springfield (which had disbanded in May of this year), songs from his first album (released in the same month as this performance) and a few songs that weren't to appear for a long time. Chief among these is the title track, which was on the b-side of several Neil Young singles (I first heard it backing "Heart Of Gold") before it was released on his "Decade" compilation. Hearing the whole set here puts the song in context of a surprisingly engaging performance by this young man (just approaching his 23rd birthday), as he chats about song origins, asks the audience for requests and produces in some compelling readings of classics such as "Out Of My Mind", "Broken Arrow" and "Expecting To Fly".

This was an inspired Christmas present from my brother, and can be strongly recommended. As others have commented, the CD is accompanied by a DVD containing a higher resolution version of the same tracks. There's no video of the show, but there is an entertaining trailer for the much-anticipated Archive series.
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