- 02 Oct 17
Young man blues...
I had kind of given up on Neil Young, his last purple patch – Freedom, Ragged Glory, Harvest Moon – having ended 25 years ago. 2012’s Psychedelic Pill was okay, but most marriages don’t last as long as those songs. I may be missing out on some great records, but I doubt it.
This legendary one night taping from 1976, pausing only for “weed, beer, or coke” according to his Special Deluxe memoir, is a different banana altogether. Some of these songs surfaced on unreleased album/bootleg Chrome Dreams in 1977, and on several subsequent sanctioned releases, but this is the first time the complete document has been officially available.
The acoustic session, just guitar and a hint of harmonica, opens with two career highlights, ‘Pocahontas’ and ‘Powderfinger’. Released in varyingly different forms alongside ‘Ride My Llama’ on 79’s Rust Never Sleeps, you might miss some of the guitar wrestling, but these versions have a power all their own. According to producer David Briggs, Young was, amazingly, writing them as he went along.