Live At Massey Hall CD (2007)

Artist: Neil Young

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One of the greatest singer-songwriters of the rock era. Solo. Acoustic. January 19, 1971. Live At Massey Hall, the legendary concert from Neil Young, is finally officially released, and in highresolution stereo. The acclaimed Toronto performance features classics "Old Man" and, in a suite, "A Man Needs A Maid" and "Heart Of Gold" (before they were recorded for Harvest) along with some of his most popular songs ("Cowgirl In The Sand," "Ohio") as well as the most obscure ("Bad Fog Of Loneliness"). Live At Massey Hall is a newly mined rock gem.


Label Warner/reprise/maverick
SKU 204115608
UPC 093624332824
UPC 14 00093624332824
Format CD
Release Date 3/13/2007
Author Neil Young
Associated Artist/Work Buffalo Springfield
Associated Artist/Work Crazy Horse
Associated Artist/Work Crosby, David
Associated Artist/Work Neil Young & The International
Associated Artist/Work Neil Young and Bluenote Cafe
Associated Artist/Work Nelson, Lukas
Associated Artist/Work On, Pickin'
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Pickin' On
Associated Artist/Work Promise of the Real
Associated Artist/Work Stills, Stephen
Technical Info
Engineer John Hausmann
Producer David Briggs; Neil Young; David Briggs; Neil Young
CatalogID 9362433282
Lable Name Reprise
Released 03/13/2007
Original Release 2007
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 67m : 31s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Live
UPC 00093624332824
Album Notes and Credits
Composer: Neil Young.
Personnel: Neil Young (vocals, guitar, piano); Neil Young.
Audio Remasterer: Tim Mulligan.
Recording information: Massey Hall, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (01/19/1971).
Authors: Victor Stanton; Jack Batten.
Photographer: Joel Bernstein.
Bob Dylan once famously remarked about hearing Neil Young's "Heart of Gold" on the radio that he knew his days as the man of the hour were numbered. Fact is, Young is the only guy who can even reasonably compete with Dylan for the title of rock's greatest songwriter, and while "Dylan in the '60s" has long been a cliched assessment of an undeniable rock hot streak, so too has become "Neil Young in the '70s." While Dylan has long culled material from his archive, Young has been reluctant to do the same. He's now joining the fray full force with LIVE AT MASSEY HALL 1971--the second live release in an ongoing series from Young's legendarily deep vaults.
The performance comes between the release of AFTER THE GOLDRUSH and HARVEST and hot on the heels of DEJA VU, basically the last time Young's eminently enthralling man-child persona of "I Am A Child" and "Helpless" held sway over the obstinate, electric crank of TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT and RUST NEVER SLEEPS. The set is pure magic. Young still seems humble and shy, a guy who stumbled across an incredible gift for melody but possessed the worldliness to let his awkward talent breathe and warble as it was meant to.
Familiar songs have drastically different readings: the subdued "A Man Needs A Maid" comes off here as more of a cry for help than the potentially chauvinistic enigma on HARVEST and seeps perfectly into "Heart of Gold;" while the normally heavy "Cowgirl in the Sand" and "Ohio" are remade as acoustic dirges. The true treasures, however, are the never-released gems "Bad Fog of Loneliness" and "Dance Dance Dance," a song--with its lyrics of love and rainbows--that foregrounds Young's latent whimsy and sets up "I Am A Child" as the perfect closer for this disc. A must for fans of Young, '70s singer-songwriters, and rock in general, LIVE AT MASSEY HALL 1971 perfectly captures the moment just before Dylan's prophecy came true and Young took over pop music.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.84) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here is a striking vigor to Young's high, eccentric singing -- and a surprising nostalgia in the fond references to his homeland in 'Helpless'..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.68) - "[Some tracks] benefit from the simplicity of the setting: 'A Man Needs a Maid', for one, comes to life without all of the studio version's orchestral gloop."
No Depression (p.104) - "The brief but pointed renditions of 'Cowgirl In The Sand' and 'Down By The River' included here have more emotional heft than the amped up, anthemic renditions on the Fillmore set."
Disc 1
1 On The Way Home
2 Tell Me Why
3 Old Man
4 Journey Through The Past
5 Helpless
6 Love In Mind
7 Man Needs A Maid/Heart Of Gold Suite, A
8 Cowgirl In The Sand
9 Don't Let It Bring You Down
10 There's A World
11 Bad Fog Of Loneliness
12 Needle And The Damage Done, The
13 Ohio
14 See The Sky About To Rain
15 Down By The River
16 Dance, Dance, Dance
17 I Am A Child
Product Attributes
Artist Young,Neil
Label Warner/reprise/maverick
Music Format Compact Disc

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