Monday, February 19, 2007

Canadian Idol

As the second release in Neil Young's Archive series, "Live At Massey Hall" will be an incredible opportunity to hear one of the most important singer/songwriters at their creative peak. The concert may be 36 years old, but I can't think of any other CD's coming out soon that I'm as interested in buying. It's also being released as a DVD. View the trailer here

On the heels of the first release from his Archives Performance series last fall, Neil Young will unveil another vintage concert on March 13 via Reprise. "Live at Massey Hall" was taped Jan. 19, 1971, at the Toronto venue and finds Young performing solo.

Beyond favorites such as "Don't Let It Bring You Down," "I Am a Child," "Ohio" and "Down by the River," Young debuted material that wound up appearing on his next studio album, "Harvest." Among those songs were "The Needle and the Damage Done," "Old Man" and "Heart of Gold," the only No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit of his career.

Young claims producer David Briggs urged him to release the Massey Hall concert instead of the studio version of "Harvest," a suggestion he didn't follow. "I was very excited about the takes we got on 'Harvest,' and wanted 'Harvest' out," Young says. "David disagreed. As I listen to this today, I can see why."


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