Title - 'Live at the Fillmore East [LIVE] ' (Reprise)
Artist - Neil Young
So, what's the deal?, I hear you ask. Well, Neil Young is supposed to have a stash of unreleased songs and live performances buried beneath his floorboards somewhere ... and this new CD represents the first of what one hopes will be a large number of releases from said previously-hidden archives! Now, I should get this mentioned first and foremost, but there are many recorded live versions of these songs available elsewhere. Unfortunately, few of them are interesting in and of themselves, i.e. beyond the value of the original recorded versions on the albums however great they may be. Enter "Live at the Filmore East" and suddenly we can hear such Neil Young classics such as "Everyone Knows this is Nowhere," "Down by the River," and most significantly and excellently, "Cowgirl in the Sand." There is also a life performance of "Wondering," a song which would not appear on a Neil Young record until 1986. Suddenly these songs have a new shade of feeling, of musicianship, of performance, and of course, greatness. The year was 1970 and I can only conjure that for Neil Young and Crazy Horse the songs were new and fresh and still immediately meaningful for them to perform. As if they were breaking new ground in their own development as people, as performers, as musicians, and as songwriters/arrangers. One need not be a completest to thoroughly enjoy and appreciate this CD. Anyone who loves these songs will find new ways to appreciate and love them by listening to this CD. The performance/arrangements recorded on this CD are exceptional, unique, and absolutely great.