Thursday, January 7, 2010

Neil Young and Crazy Horse Live At The Fillmore 1970

Part of Neil Young's recent Monumental Reissue Series, this one is really quite fine. It's Neil right around the time of Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, and it covers much of that record.

If you haven't pulled Everybody Knows out for a while, then you probably don't need this one either. The live recording is superb, and the band smolders and burns its way through a 12-minute Down By The River and a 16-minute Cowgirl In The Sand. Both are excellent, with extended jams that highlight Danny Whitten's telepathic connection with Young, playing on top of the rock solid rhythm section of Billy Talbot and Ralph Molina.

A few "new" songs at the time make the set; Winterlong, and especially Come On Baby, Let's Go Downtown are both solid rockers. The show opens with a hard rocking Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, and the lesser Wonderin' fills out the set.
The record was released on both CD and LP in 2007. It is also included as part of the 8 CD Archives Volume 1. The vinyl is done to perfection by Classic Records, and is highly recommended.

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