Live At Massey Hall – Neil Young | CD/DVD

(Reprise CD/DVD) 4 stars

The long-haired hippie troubadour with that high, quavering voice and shy stage presence is Neil Young.

The date is January 1971, the venue is Ontario’s Massey Hall and Young – already a cult figure after working with Buffalo Springfield, Crazy Horse, Crosby, Stills & Nash, plus fresh success with his own `After The Goldrush’ – is in the middle of a solo tour, with a reel-to-reel tape recorder propped on a chair beside him.

It’s a concert we never got to see or hear, because `Harvest’ intervened and Young never looked back, despite producer David Briggs’ pleas to release it a double live LP at the time.

At last, as Young continues to journey through his past, this concert CD/DVD has been retrieved from stockpiled audio and movie footage.

Along with crowd favourites such as `Helpless’, `Down By The River’ and the topical `Ohio’, Young road-tests several songs destined for `Harvest’.

The images may be grainy but the singer, accompanying himself on guitar and piano, can be heard in hi-fi stereo (on CD and DVD), while the DVD’s archival extras include TV and radio appearances, Young’s comments and biographical information.

It’s a remarkable solo performance by a musician poised on the brink of greatness.

- Mike Daly

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