Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Neil Young LIve at the Cellar Door 1970

This is another of Young's recent low-budget, no-frills releases of his early work, this time an acoustic show at the Cellar Door in 1970. I have been a Young fan for as long as I can remember as he covers most of the genres that I dig - acoustic folk, classic rock and crazed, noise guitar rock, among others. Of course, as a solo show, this covers his quieter side.

The set list here includes "Tell Me Why", "Only Love Can Break Your Heart", "After the Gold Rush", "Expecting to Fly", "Bad Fog of Loneliness", "Old Man", "Birds", "Don't Let It Bring You Down", " "See the Sky About to Rain", "Cinnamon Girl" (on piano, for a change), "I Am A Child", "Down by the River", and "Flying on the Ground is Wrong".

Young has always been a compelling artist live and he can capture an audience with just him and his guitar or piano - no mean feat. Of course, his playing, singing and songwriting is all at the top of their game here, so this is pretty exceptional, as long as you are not looking for his wild, rockin' side.