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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2011
I started watching this concert on TV and ordered it on Amazon before it was even over. So many of my favorite artist singing Neil Young songs...what could be better? The awesome and unusual pairing of Keith Urban and John Fogerty was amazing with a little help from Booker T. Jones. One of my very very favs, Dave Matthews doing "The Needle and the Damage Done" was perfect. Also, Lady Antebellum, Norah Jones, Josh Groban, (yes folks, Josh doing Neil Young),Ben Harper, Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, James Taylor, John Mellencamp, CSN, Elton & Leon...to say this is an all star line up is an understatement. The keyboard player in the background,who you can hardly see, but is playing on most of the songs, is Rami Jaffee from The Wallflowers(Jakob Dylans band)and Foo Fighters. He is great and highly underrated as a keyboard player. If you love Neil and any of these artists, this is a must have.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
I'm sorry but, the other reviews for this are absurd. This is a TRIBUTE to one of the greatest songwriters of our times and all of the performers do excellent. Regardless of whether or not you like each individual cover, it's the passion that these multiple musicians have for Mr. Young. I was very touched when Dave Matthews sang "The Needle and the Damage Done" and, at the end, gave Neil Young a big thumbs up. You could really see how much he cared. In my opinion, all of the performances were spot on. If I could give this 6 stars, I would.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2011
I really enjoy this Blu-ray of Neil Young hits, but just like any album there are hits and misses... but there are way more hits on this disk. The acoustic solo's by Dave Matthews, Ben Harper and Stephen Stills sound incredible! I love the Nora Jones cover, and Down by the River sung by John Mellencamp is simply outstanding, very well recorded.
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17 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2011
Some highlights include , Broken Arrow by Wilco - tremendous job duplicating the original. Also like Mr. Soul under the bonus performances.
Rockin' In The Free World by Keith Urban & John Fogerty is also very good. That is about it for me .
Many artists sound bored . It seems like they didn't put much effort in . Jackson Browne was alright , Lady Antebellem was good .
James Taylor's read of Heart of Gold was boring . I was really looking forward to that and was very dissapointed . I expected so much more from
this performance. Elton John and Leon Russell did ok with Helpless . Leon was sluggish early on in this song. John Mellencamp was ok with Down By the River.
His lead guitarist is excellent and could have stolen the song , if allowed . T Bone Burnett sat in on this and I wasn't really sure if added anything by
being there .
I thought Elvis Costello was terrible . He sounded poor and performed with just an acoustic guitar . He really needed some help. Crosby , Stills & Nash were also
awful . I didn't like their read on Human Highway at all. Graham Nash seems to be a caricature of himself on stage . It's painful to watch him sing with his gyrations
and facial movements . He still sounds ok . Hopefully someone can squeeze out another good song or two from these guys somewhere down the road .
Jason Mraz does ok with Shaun Colvin on Lotta' Love and Norah Jones is ok too .
I would like to know who the backing band was . They were excellent . I've watched the whole show twice and didn't see or hear any introductions of them . The woman that came
out to sing with Norah Jones was never introduced . I thought that was odd. Ben Harper introduced his singers and you barely get to hear their first names.
Neil seemed genuinely touched to be honored. He was very humbled by the whole night .
After the first couple of performances , I really thought this was going to be great . Keith Urban was terrific with John Fogerty and followed nicely by Lady Antebellum . After that
the show just flattened out except for a few performances . Just could've , should've been better than this . I had my hopes up very high after looking at the artists and the songs
they were singing . It just seemed like a lot of good matches . It just didn't work out for me as I hoped. I would actually not buy the CD if one were to come out . I might cherry pick
a few songs off I-Tunes if the opportunity arises . I will look into music by Keith Urban . He also did well on the Stones' song Tumbling Dice on Jimmy Fallon and hopefully he has some
live covers available somewhere.
If you still are interested in this , just buy it on sale . Not worth full price.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2011
Yeah. I was really surprised that all of these artists didn't sound exactly like Neil Young (sarcasm intended). Other artists singing any legend's songs are going to be hit and miss. There are a few performances that were just okay--like Dave Matthews, Dirks Bentley, and Elvis Costello--but then there are the very cool versions: among them, Josh Groban, who does an excellent "Harvest Moon," Ben Harper, James Taylor, and Lady Antebellum. I'm not really a fan of three of those four, but they brought something new to Neil's music without trying to sound exactly like him. This highlights what a great songwriter Neil is. If you like Neil Young and half of these performers, this is probably something you'll want to watch and maybe add to your collection. If you are such a big Neil Young fan that every other talented musician that sings his songs will most certainly pale in comparison, even before you've seen this film, then you might want to steer clear.
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on June 25, 2014
A very good mix of Neil Young's song catalogue, excellent sound quality. Most artists very good. Josh Groban a real surprise. Dierks Bentley only average.
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on April 26, 2014
I saw the original show on Palladia and bought this so I could watch it whenever I wanted. There are some amazing renditions of Neil's songs and some are better than the original.

I heartily recommend this.
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on January 25, 2014
This DVD is a great tribute to an iconic singer songwriter and each performance is outstanding! I would highly recommend this touching tribute to Neil Young!
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on August 4, 2013
This is a FABULOUS concert. The various artists are great, and each Neil Young song has been paired beautifully to each artist. Ben Harper doing "Ohio", Jackson Browne on "Don't Let It Bring You Down" and John Mellencamp with T Bone Burnett on "Down By The River" are extra special gems. I watched it over and over on the Palladia channel til my husband finally bought it for me. Truly a great concert video.
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on June 30, 2013
Always liked Neil's music, not so much his politics. This was a good tribute. Especially liked josh groban' rendition of harvest moon. Good powerful voice.
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