Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Neil-dom Continues

Ok so I recently said, "See me in a year" about the Neil Young fad going on. Well forget that. Neil is forever. Why?


Live at Massey Hall, 1971, is perhaps the greatest live show I have ever heard. Neil doesn't sound any better than when it is just him and a single instrument. Each song - even the ones that easily grow weary like "Ohio" and "Old Man" - are perfect in this setting. The poetry, the aura, the sparse totality that nevertheless supplies an immense weight and impact, this is the pinnacle, the summit, of a singer-songwriter at his craft.

Live at Massey is a bootleg and is only now an official release. This is a trend that caught the eye of WNYC's Soundcheck. Listen here or here:



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