28 March 2021
Artist: NEIL YOUNG
Album: YOUNG SHAKESPEARE
What: A live longplayer and concert film recorded/shot in 1971,
three days after that other live document Live At Massey Hall 1971,
during the Journey Through The Past solo tour.
Released: 26 March 2021
Louder Than War says: “Young Shakespeare is the latest gem to be unearthed
from his vaults: a pristine live recording of Young at his simplest and purest – just
his voice, his acoustic guitar and his harmonica (and occasionally at the piano),
recorded on his Journey Through The Past solo tour in early 1971. It’s spellbinding…
Everything on this recording, it’s just perfect.”
Full review here. Score: 10/10.
Turn Up The Volume says: Another Neil Young live album, I hear you say?
Yep, the Canadian troubadour still is delving deep in his basement, and as
long as he comes up with treasures like this I’m all ears. This heart-warming
solo performance – acoustic guitar and voice – including stupendous live
versions of some of his best ballads ever (Old Man, Helpless, The Needle
And The Damage Done, Down By The River) is just s-t-e-l-l-a-r. Fact!
Clips for two of the LP’s 12 humdingers…
– TELL ME WHY –
– HELPLESS –
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18 March 2021
Living legend NEIL YOUNG released another live album and concert film, titled
WAY DOWN IN THE RUST BUCKET a few weeks ago. From a 1990 concert with
Crazy Horse in Santa Cruz, California after his 18th LP Ragged Glory appeared.
Who needs another Neil Young live longplayer? Well nobody, but as he is one of
my all-time favorite singer/songwriters/rockers in the free world, it’s fun to hear
a set of great songs played live – at a high-quality level – for the first time.
Pitchfork says: “This joyous live document flips the energy of 1991’s Weld on its head, swapping out incendiary arena rockers for oddball picks and warm, woolly vibes… For a
dirty, grungy rock’n’roll band, there’s no better place to hold communion than the local
pub, where the separation between artist and audience can be so thin, it may as well be nonexistent. Maybe that’s why Way Down in the Rust Bucket feels so transcendent:
It captures the world’s greatest bar band in their spiritual home.”
Full review here. Score: 8/10.
The special issue contains a 4xLP box set, a 2xCD set and a deluxe edition
box set, with the latter format including a DVD, four LPs, and two CDS.
A digital release is also coming via the official Neil Young Archives site.
Trailer for the accompanying film of the show…
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Looks like longtime running British music magazine UNCUT – we’re ‘the spiritual home
of great rock ‘n’ roll’ – is actually on a… roll. We have two more days to go in 2020 and
the mag just dropped its February 2021 edition. Well, well.
… and a Happy New Year to you too, Neil…
12 November 2020
NEIL PERCIVAL YOUNG was born on 12 November 1945 in Toronto, Canada.
Happy 75 to a living legend with the rock ‘n’ roll heart of a young gunslinger.
He released about a thousand albums since 1963. He worked solo, he regularly
recorded with his electrifying pals Crazy Horse and played a couple of years,
a long time ago, with three other memorable voices, Crosby Stills & Nash
and with Buffalo Springfield.
And he’s not finished yet. His Archives seem to be inexhaustible. And if it wasn’t
for the nasty pandemic, he was definitely on a stage somewhere on the planet.
And of course, here at Turn Up The Volume‘s home, it’s also a Neil Young Day.
With three of my favorite albums: Tonight’s The Night (1975), On The Beach (1974)
and Sleeps With Angels (1994)…
31 August 2020
AllMusic wrote: “After the Gold Rush was recorded with the aid of Nils Lofgren, a 17-year-old unknown whose piano was a major instrument… Much of After the Gold Rush consisted of country-folk love songs, which consolidated the audience Young had earned through his tours and recordings with CSNY; its dark yet hopeful tone matched the tenor of the times in 1970, making it one of the definitive singer/songwriter albums, and it has remained among Young’s major achievements.” Score: 5/5.
Singles: Only Love Can Break Your Heart / When You Dance, I Can Really Love
– ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART –
– WHEN YOU DANCE I CAN REALLY LOVE –
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Gripping reveries for the laziest day of the week…
16 August 2020
Living legend NEIL YOUNG shared a new acoustic version of his 2006 song
Lookin’ For A Leader now called LOOKIN’ FOR A LEADER 2020. A wake-up
call to all Americans to vote for a new White House leader next November as
ignorant bully Trump split America right down the middle turning his country
into the Divided States Of America.
America is beautiful
but she has an ugly side
We’re lookin’ for a leader
in this country far and wide
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