- When You Dance You Can Really Love
- Barstool Blues
- When Your Lonely Heart Breaks
- Mr. Soul
- Big Time
- Human Highway
As Neil Young's second double live album of the '90s, Year of the Horse could seem a little redundant. After all, Weld was useful since it appeared ten years after the release of Live Rust, Young & Crazy Horse's first double live album, and it captured them at their peak. Year of the Horse, however, appeared merely five years after Weld, and in between those two records, Young had only released two albums' worth of material that suited these high-voltage, improvised performances. These factors didn't matter since Young decided to allow Jim Jarmusch to make a film documentary about his 1996 tour, and Year of the Horse is the album that was released to coincide with the movie. (It's not really a soundtrack, since these performances don't appear in the film.) Many of the songs here haven't made Young's previous live albums, and there are enough strong moments to make Year of the Horse worthwhile for die-hard fans.
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Fan to Neil Young at beginning of CD 1: "The songs all sound the same." Neil; "That's because they're all the same song." When I first purchased Year Of The Horse, I didn't think it was mixed very well. A recent listen on a newer sound system sounded much better. Supposedly the eccentric track selection was a tribute to Neil's late producer David Briggs; these tracks were his favorites. Most of the songs are stretched out with long guitar passages.A couple are acoustic. I still think Live Rust is Neil's live peak, but this set is not bad.
This cd is awesome. The first disc is better but the second is good as well. Buy it if you like Neil.