Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House 1968

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House 1968 the third installment from Neil Young's Archives -- although through some weird filing system this is Vol. 00, possibly because this dates before either of the previously released volumes in Archives Performance Series -- culls highlights from Neil Young's two shows at Canterbury House in Ann Arbor, MI on November 9 and 10, 1968. Like its two predecessors in the Archives series, the concerts captured on Sugar Mountain are legendary among Neil Young collectors, in this case because of the gentle, tentative version of the title track that showed up on Decade -- prior to this, the only official release from the concert....
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House 1968 the third installment from Neil Young's Archives -- although through some weird filing system this is Vol. 00, possibly because this dates before either of the previously released volumes in Archives Performance Series -- culls highlights from Neil Young's two shows at Canterbury House in Ann Arbor, MI on November 9 and 10, 1968. Like its two predecessors in the Archives series, the concerts captured on Sugar Mountain are legendary among Neil Young collectors, in this case because of the gentle, tentative version of the title track that showed up on Decade -- prior to this, the only official release from the concert. At first glance, Sugar Mountain might seem similar to Live at Massey Hall 1971, as they're both solo acoustic sets, but the tenor of the two shows is quite different. Massey Hall captured Neil in full flight, just before the release of Harvest, whereas the concerts on Sugar Mountain were just a month or two shy of the release of his first solo album. He had hits with Buffalo Springfield -- much of the set list leans heavily on Springfield songs, such as "Mr. Soul," "Expecting to Fly," "Birds," "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing," and "Broken Arrow" -- but he had yet to prove himself as a solo artist, so the endearing tentative quality of his performances shouldn't come as a surprise, and yet it does: Young's reputation as a steely renegade often suggests that he never second-guesses his moves. Neil doesn't second-guess here but he is fragile and human, telling stories sometimes at considerable length before sliding into these delicate songs, wryly lamenting that he should have some happy songs to sing before testing out the melody for "Winterlong," stopping short because the song isn't quite written yet. It's a marvelously intimate performance, unguarded and open-hearted, unique in its delicate touch: it's Neil Young before the myth crystallized, and listening to it anew, it's easy to fall in love with him all over again.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/2/2008
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624983989
  • Catalog Number: 516758
  • Sales rank: 50,661

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Emcee Intro. (0:45)
  2. 2 On the Way Home (2:51)
  3. 3 Songwriting Rap (3:12)
  4. 4 Mr. Soul (3:13)
  5. 5 Recording Rap (0:30)
  6. 6 Expecting to Fly (2:38)
  7. 7 The Last Trip to Tulsa (8:35)
  8. 8 Bookstore Rap (4:26)
  9. 9 The Loner (4:41)
  10. 10 "I Used to..." Rap (0:37)
  11. 11 Birds (2:16)
  12. 12 Winterlong /Out of My Mind Intro (1:38)
  13. 13 Out of My Mind (2:07)
  14. 14 If I Could Have Her Tonight (2:34)
  15. 15 Classical Gas Rap (0:40)
  16. 16 Sugar Mountain Intro (0:29)
  17. 17 Sugar Mountain (5:46)
  18. 18 I've Been Waiting for You (2:04)
  19. 19 Songs Rap (0:37)
  20. 20 Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing (4:43)
  21. 21 Tuning Rap & The Old Laughing Lady Intro (3:06)
  22. 22 The Old Laughing Lady (7:25)
  23. 23 Broken Arrow (5:08)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Bonus Material
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Neil Young Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Mason Williams Composer
Neil Young Composer, Producer, Manuscript Coordinator
Gary Burden Art Direction
Linda McCartney Cover Photo
Tim Mulligan Digital Editing, Mastering
Elliot Roberts Direction
Jenice Heo Art Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Meet the old Neil - same as the new Neil?

    This is a great CD. I love Neil Young - in that you never quite know what he's going to do next. Intimate folk, incredible rocking guitar band, horns, or another stan with CS&N.

    Lately Neil's archive series has exceeded his current work by miles. This is no exception.
    I used to have this show on an old bootleg. It's great to have it again in such great quality.

    If you are a fan of early Neil young - than don't hesitate to pick this up.

    There is no need to repeat the already written review. It's pretty accurate.

    If you want to sit back and listen to an intimate evening with Neil and sound like you are right there - then look no farther.

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