Neil Young – Live at Massey Hall 1971
Neil Young’s influence is only outstripped by his talent. A collection of his greatest songs would be a large collection, spanning many years and many albums. But however much I like him, I have often found his albums a bit patchy. An album with two amazing songs will be filled up with a number of mediocre ones. This live concert from 1971 is not like that. It is an intimate setting – Young solo with guitar or piano – for a stunning performance from one of his best periods: just before the release of Harvest. The songs are great, the crowd is fantastic. This is definitely one of those cases where a live album is worth buying, it doesn’t just sound like a poor quality version of a studio album. There are very different interpretations of old favourites, and the audience atmosphere really adds something to the whole experience. A must have if you like Neil Young or are a fan of folk/country rock.