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Live at Massey Hall (CD/DVD)

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  • Audio CD (March 13, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
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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. A Man Needs A Maid/Heart of Gold Suite
8. Cowgirl In The Sand
9. Don't Let It Bring You Down
10. There's a World
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Disc: 2
1. On The Way Home
2. Tell Me Why
3. Old Man
4. Journey Through The Past
5. Helpless
6. Love In Mind
7. A Man Needs A Maid/Heart of Gold Suite
8. Cowgirl In The Sand
9. Don't Let It Bring You Down
10. There's a World
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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, in this CD+DVD package (also as a solo CD). 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.

"I'm gonna sing mostly new songs tonight," Neil Young tells the rapt Massey Hall audience, "...I've written so many new ones that I can't think of anything else to do with them other than sing 'em." He steps to the mic unadorned, distant from CSNY's rippled harmonies or Crazy Horse's yowl, hypnotically nailing 17 tracks on this unreleased 1971 solo set. You hear him tower at vocal heights on the chorus for "Old Man" (then a debuted, brand-new song) and name-check Canada on "Journey to the Past" and North Ontario on "Helpless," much to the Toronto crowd's delight. The sound is impeccable, and the closeness to Young in this spare setting exhilarates--especially his vocal quavering in the high registers, his intricate guitar work, and an overall vibe that exceeds description. And the DVD: Here you catch Young in tightly framed, starkly-lit shots, flourishing in the early years of an unparalleled rock career. Not only that, you get commentary from 1997, a rare window on how Young thinks, how he speaks, his humor. --Andrew Bartlett

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112 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sowing the Seeds for Harvest March 13, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is a tremendous CD which I whole-heartedly recommend. Neil Young announces before the fourth song that he will be playing "mostly new songs tonight." Five of the new songs would appear on the following year's "Harvest" album, which for my money, is Neil Young's finest. Did the audience realize just how extraordinary was this batch of new songs? Did Neil himself have any inkling of the phenomenal acclaim and acceptance "Harvest" would receive?

The songs are all performed solo by Neil, twelve on guitar, six (counting track 7 as two) on piano. (Unplugged, if you will, decades before that term was coined and turned into a marketing tool.)

One of the most interesting piano tracks is "A Man Needs a Maid/Heart of Gold." Neil introduces the song by saying "some people look at their life and say, well, my life is like a movie," then jokes that "this is like a showtune from my movie," perhaps foreshadowing the heavy production "A Man Needs a Maid" would receive on the studio album. However, the spare rendering here is superior, in my opinion. Then midway through the track, Neil segues into a stark version of "Heart of Gold," previewing what can arguably be called his definitive song.

Standout tracks with acoustic guitar include "Old Man," "Needle and the Damage Done," "Cowgirl In The Sand," and "Ohio." But one could as easily point out highlights by repeating the entire track list. Guitarists especially will appreciate how the songs are played in this solo acoustic format. The sound quality of the recording is superb.

There are several new (at the time) songs that didn't wind up on Harvest or any other album. Of particular note is "Dance, Dance, Dance." In the verse you will recognize the seeds of a later more well-known song.
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful. March 19, 2007
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Neil Young has been tantalizing his fans with the release of the Archives project for going on two decades now, starting with the concept of "Decade II" in the 80's. Here we are in 2007 and the time for this glorious unearthing of the treasures in Neil's catalog has finally arrived. Neil will be releasing various live shows under the Performance Series banner, as well as multiple CD/DVD box sets spanning his entire career, both studio and live.

Massey Hall is the second release in the Performance Series (despite its cryptic label of Disc 03). Neil reduces things to their absolute minimum at this gig. Neil's voice, his guitar, and his piano are the sole instruments for the seventeen tracks - his harmonica is nowhere to be found. There are no real guitar solos or significant instrumental breaks.

The effect this has is to bring to the forefront Neil's uniquely powerful voice and his emotion-laden lyrics. He sounds wonderful on this release, and the stripped-down presentation truly makes his songs shine. Like the CSNY live album "4-Way Street," we start off with a lilting version of the Buffalo Springfield song "On the Way Home." Neil intersperses a few other classics in the setlist, such as "Down by the River," "Don't Let It Bring You Down," and a powerfully emotional "Cowgirl in the Sand."

However, this was not a nostalgia show. Ten of the songs were brand-new at the time and had not yet been recorded. To their credit, Neil's audience rolls right along with the unfamiliar new material, granting it a respectful silence and enthusiastic applause at the end of each new number (with the exception of the Canada name-check in "Journey through the Past," which of course gets a response, seeing as how Massey Hall is a Canadian venue).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another piece of the Neil puzzle. March 15, 2007
By Jobiwan
Format:Audio CD
I've been totally immersed in Neil for a few months now. Mainly "On The Beach" and "Tonight's The Night". So when I read this was coming out I was more than excited, I actually tried to take the day off of work to run out, buy it, and listen to it. What's amazing is that Neil already has such history, we all have our favorite albums, we all have our opinions on "Harvest", and now "Massey Hall" changes everything. It should immediately jump into the pantheon of his best albums, no matter which ones are your favorites. Also, no matter what you think of "Harvest", love it or hate it this gives a new perspective on the album. If you've read "Shakey" like I am now you already know a lot of the details of his recording process during this time. But the songs here and the things Neil says between songs give us greater insight into "Harvest" and what he was thinking at the time. You realize that the songs would have been just as good as they're presented here. You realize that the songs only sound the way they do on "Harvest" basically just by happenstance. He happened to be going to Nashville to do the 'Johnny Cash Show" so he hooked up with some musicians there, and we was going to England to do a BBC show and added the London Symphony Orchestra. The sound quality is of course incredible. You can hear the echo in the Hall, Neil's voice reverberating beautifully throughout the place, you can feel Neil hitting those steel strings of his acoustic guitar with all his might on the rising chorus of "Old Man". The DVD is wonderful too. If you're a huge Neil fan like me any footage audio or visual from this era is incredible. Some have complained the concert footage is grainy and that the camera work is shaky, to me it's basically a documentary of the concert. It's interesting too to see the actual old man from "Old Man" as well. Any fan of good music should buy this immediately.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by william garrett
5.0 out of 5 stars For Neil Young fans.
If you love Neil you will love this.
Published 1 month ago by Mitchell Goldflies
5.0 out of 5 stars Neil sounded great.
First time ever listening to this effort. Recorded 1971, Neil's voice just rings and it is the first time (on this tour) that he began singing Old Man with a bit of history to the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. DeBerry
5.0 out of 5 stars For True Neil Young Fans!
We Loved it , videography was a little different, and video a little blurred but the music makes it, Quintessential Neil, We had looked for this one for a little while, thanks to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dee A Bartlett
5.0 out of 5 stars Old time folk music sure brings back memories
This is a great CD. I have not watched the DVD yet. The old school folk music reminds me of when I was a kid. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Gary S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best live album of all time.
Quite simply I have not heard any live album as good as this. It's the essential Neil Young recording. This is him at the peak of his careers. His voice was perfect here. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Adam
4.0 out of 5 stars Great sound
video quality is dark sound is great a little disapointing on some songs just watching a reel to reel tape on a chair next to a guitar or piano but great selection of early Neil
Published 11 months ago by gary rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Live at massey hall
DVD was less than expected.. but the audio was exceptional.. still give this purchase an overall 5 because of my of of Neil's music
Published 16 months ago by JOSEPH A HOLGATE JR
5.0 out of 5 stars Neil raw and in his prime. One of his best efforts.
For casual listeners and hardcore fans alike, this album displays Neil in his rawest moments. Stripped to little more than a harmonica and a guitar, Neil's pristine voice cuts the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by MitchyMitch
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Neil Young is one of the best poet/guitarists ever yeh yeh yeh yeh yeh yeh
five more words required oops
Published 19 months ago by T. Phipps
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Goin' Back to Canada
This is an AMAZING show. I've had the boot for a while now, and even it sounds great (though a little bassy, so it'll still be nice to get the official release). There's an intensity to solo Neil that's not there on some of the official releases (A Man Needs a Maid especially comes to mind). But... Read More
Feb 1, 2007 by Adam Jensen |  See all 9 posts
Whats on the DVD???
The primary footage on the DVD is from the 1971 Massey Hall concert. There is great footage of Neil Young performing several songs from the Massey Hall concert. There is apparently not enough video footage of Neil Young performing the entire concert. To fill in for the absence of video footage of... Read More
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