Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Neil Young Live - The Massey Wonder

If it was not because of a back problem, this solo recording shall never have existed. Following the successful CSN&Y tour and the platinum After The Gold Rush who was released late August 1970, Neil Young had to take the road in January 1971 for a one month sold-out only acoustic tour of the United States and Canada due to an incapacitating problem with a deteriorating spinal disc that prevent him to play electric guitar and constrain him to wear a back brace for support.
The tour was a massive critical success where Neil Young was able to develop an intimate rapport and a relaxed atmosphere with his audience. For those of you who didn’t had the chance to listen to side two of 4 Way Street (the LP!) and to possibly the most famous Neil Young bootleg ever called Neil Young At The LA Music Center this is the chance for you to understand why in May 1971 in a New Musical Express pool Neil Young was voted the world’s best singer.
During this Live At Massey Hall 1971 performance (January 19, 1971), Neil Young performed acoustic versions of some long electric songs (Cowgirl In The Sand, Down By The River), of Buffalo Springfield numbers (On The Way Home, I Am A Child), of songs from After The Gold Rush (Tell Me Why, Don’t Let It Bring You Down), of few songs from CSN&Y days (Helpless, Ohio) as well as newer material that will appeared “soon” after on Harvest, Time Fades Away and Zuma (except Bad Fog Of Loneliness never officially released to this day).
To my humble opinion Live At Massey Hall 1971 is probably the best live recording ever. A must.

Two Mp3 from Massey Hall are available here:
And all that you need to know is below:

Neil Young - Ohio .mp3
Neil Young - Old Man .mp3 (no more available, sorry)
Neil Young - Heart of Gold .mp3

Caricature: Sebastian Kruger



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bad Fog of Lonliness was released on the Road Rock Vol. 1 CD. No studio versions of the song have been released.

12:00 AM  
Blogger leaky sparrow said...

No, not on the CD but on the DVD yes. The setlist from the Red Rocks Live DVD (21 songs) is completely different from the CD (8 songs). I wonder if it is also the same show (?). Anyway, thanks for your comment, I almost forgot that DVD version of Bad Fog Of Loneliness.

7:43 AM  
Blogger bonjourtristesse said...

Today I walked by Massey Hall and smiled! great blog...Neil and Jesu in the last post! wow! thanks!

2:00 AM  
Anonymous matt said...

"Old Man" link is dead. Otherwise great post. Thanks!

4:12 AM  
Anonymous Jacques-Eric Legarde said...

Zuma? you mean On the Beach, amigo ;-)

And was Dance Dance Dance ever released before?

Read my 5 star review in the next issue of Crossroads

Jacques-Eric Legarde

7:29 AM  
Blogger leaky sparrow said...

Of course, On The Beach not Zuma.
For Dance Dance Dance, the cover version from Crazy Horse came one year later in February 1971, no official release from Neil Young since.
Good, two points for you!

8:13 AM  
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