Neil Young - Live At Massey Hall 1971

Rating: 9/10
This is one of the best live cds that i've heard in a long time. That's because he's Neil Young.
On January 19th, 1971, Young returned to Toronto a star, showing off his rapidly matured songwriting in two solo concerts at Massey Hall. This album is the full second show, in such pin-drop fidelity that the noise of him adjusting his mike sounds like Crazy Horse-gig distortion.

With several songs in the set that were unreleased at the time, Young unsurprisingly demurred at producer David Briggs’ suggestion the show be issued before Harvest. No matter - 36 years on, it’s a still riveting performance.

It may not add an additional narrative to Neil Young's history, but it adds detail, color, and texture to a familiar chapter of his career, rendering it fresh once more. No wonder Briggs wanted to release this concert as an album between After the Gold Rush and Harvest: it not only holds its own against those classics, it enhances them. [Live at Massey Hall was also released as a two-disc set that contained a CD of the show and a DVD containing the same concert in high fidelity audio.]
mp3: Neil Young - Down By The River


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