For the better part of two decades, Neil Young has been promising to dip into his archives for an exhaustive look at what might lurk in the dustier corners -- and he's finally set those wheels in motion with this brief but bracing live set, which captures the original version of Crazy Horse at its brilliant apex. The disc, recorded in the wake of Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, is dominated by intricate, incendiary jams that spotlight the intuitive interplay between Young and Danny Whitten -- arguably his greatest guitar foil. The two men spar fiercely but lovingly on extended versions of "Down by the River" and "Cowgirl in the Sand," both of which are presented vividly splayed open, their sinews exposed in all their raw beauty. Whitten, who would die two years later of a heroin overdose, is a spectral presence here, particularly on the ruminative druggie lament "Come On Baby, Let's Go Downtown," but Young's slow-burning delivery of these tunes is the truly illuminative factor. It's intriguing to hear formative versions of songs that wouldn't officially see the light of day for ages -- seven years in the case of "Winterlong" and more than a decade in the case of "Wonderin'," which appeared, more fully doo-wop-immersed, on 1983's Everybody's Rockin' -- but this is no mere historical footnote. It's a vibrant snapshot -- the first of many, one would hope -- of a man who seldom ceases his perpetual motion long enough to be so depicted.
Live at the Fillmore East 5 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
Great release, great sound and of course musicianship. A long awaited released and this is only the first of a series of live Neil Young releases to come! I highly recommend this, whether a seasoned fan or a newcomer