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93 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just before it all went south......
This is Neil at the top of his game. The decade preceding this release saw Young put out all the strongest material that would carry his reputation for the next 25 years. Sure, he would return to form in the late 80's for another strong run, but this is where he and the Horse hit their stride. Crazy Horse is a one trick pony, but that trick is something else when they...
Published on March 6, 2003 by o dubhthaigh

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3.0 out of 5 stars Too much roadeyes
Really liked this cd. But there was too much of the roadeyes in the video. Don't understand what the concept was, too much roadeyes, not enough Neil.
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5.0 out of 5 stars just before it all went south......, March 6, 2003
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o dubhthaigh (north rustico, pei, canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Rust Never Sleeps - The Concert Film (DVD)
This is Neil at the top of his game. The decade preceding this release saw Young put out all the strongest material that would carry his reputation for the next 25 years. Sure, he would return to form in the late 80's for another strong run, but this is where he and the Horse hit their stride. Crazy Horse is a one trick pony, but that trick is something else when they have it all together, and they have it all together all the way through this DVD.
The stage show is a bit silly in retrospect, the kind of grandstanding he must have done, tongue in cheek, but the music is undeniably powerful. In many cases, these are the definitive versions of these songs, and Young clearly revels in their glories. You'll not find a better version of "Cinnamon Girl" or "Powderfinger" anywhere, and the proof is how well these renditions in particular have stood up.
Of course, it would all go south almost immediately after this tour. Becoming a father to two severely handicapped sons, dealing with failed relationships and a new marraige and trying to keep his private life out of the public eye and out of the manipulating hands of David Geffen would result in some truly awful, often bewildering, constantly changing directions that would span the 80's. Not until the Bluenotes Cd and then FREEDOM would Neil find his groove and court passionately his muse again, but at least at this point, it is as though he is that kid on the dock in "Powderfinger" who is just about to see his face flash in the sky.
This is a landmark concert, well worth watching over and over again. The sound transfer is great.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars disco thrashing, February 7, 2004
This review is from: Rust Never Sleeps [VHS] (VHS Tape)
In 1978 Neil Young firmly put his foot down on the ongoing disco inferno and declared that "Rock and roll is here to stay". He added a trio of exclamation points in the form of three releases, the 'Rust Never Sleeps' LP, the 'Rust Never Sleeps' film, and the soundtrack LP to the film, "Live Rust".
The 'Rust Never Sleeps' film was recorded at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, and stands as the high water mark in Young's storied career. By 1978, everything was in place to define Young as a rock and roll legend. It is a remarkable fact to consider that, despite the stunning songlist offered here, Young included no material from his collaborations with Crosby, Stills and Nash, nor any music from the 1976 Stills-Young Band LP. Only one song, 'I Am A Child', recorded with Buffalo Springfield, was chosen from outside Young's 'solo' works. That means no 'Helpless', 'Country Girl', 'Mr. Soul', or 'Long May You Run'. And Young could only skim the surface of his solo catalog in limiting himself to 18 songs (at 116 minutes this film consumes the entire video cassette), skipping such gems as 'Southern Man', 'Down By the River', and 'Cowgirl In the Sand', and hits such as 'Old Man' and 'Heart of Gold'. How many other artists could afford to leave so much classic material out of a two-hour concert?
One should also consider the place 'Rust Never Sleeps' claims in the history of rock films. By 1978 there had really only been 4 great rock concert films: 'Monterey Pop', 'Woodstock', 'The Concert for Bangladesh' and 'The Last Waltz'. Ironically, Young missed opportunities to appear in the first two films, as David Crosby took his vacated role with Buffalo Springfield at the Monterey Pop Festival, and succumbed to camerafright on Yasgur's farm. Young has tried to remedy his self-imposed airbrush in New York, singing "I'm not going back to Woodstock for awhile" in his 'Roll Another Number' composition. But the real remedy lies in 'Rust Never Sleeps'. Unlike the 4 aforementioned films, 'RNS' never takes its eyes off Young and Crazy Horse to beef up the production with other celebrated performers. It's all Young, and such a film was never produced and released in theatres prior to it.
The concert begins with a 6 song acoustic set, drawing a dramatic analogy between acoustic sound and childhood, and powered sound and maturity. The 6 songs chosen not only symbolize childhood, but revel in it. 'Sugar Mountain' and 'I Am A Child' are effecting exposes of what it is to be in the dawn of life, while 'Comes a Time', 'After the Goldrush', 'Thrasher', and 'My My Hey Hey' all explore life transitions. And Young's affinity for realism conveyed through imperfection is saluted when he flubs the lyrics for 'Thrasher'. Any other artist would have refused to sign off on the faux pas, but Young embraces it. Two other acoustic numbers, 'The Needle and the Damage Done', and 'Lotta Love' give some breathing room in an extended electric set.
The remainder of the concert is an eclectic mix of hard rock chosen from Young's decade old catalog. The new ('Sedan Delivery', 'Powderfinger', 'Hey Hey My My' and 'Welfare Mothers') mixes seamlessly with the old ('The Loner' and 'Cinnamon Girl') and everything that came in between, such as 'Like a Hurricane', 'When You Dance I Can Really Love', 'Cortez the Killer' [featuring a contemporary seque into a reggae chorus], and the encore 'Tonight's the Night'. It's a treasure to behold, with bassist Billy Talbot constantly writhing to the incessant rhythm generated by himself and guitarist Frank Sampedro and drummer Ralph Molina, and Young ripping off one jagged lead solo after another. The often maligned Road Eyes add a fun diversion to the driving din, especially the joyous choreography inspired by 'Cinnamon Girl'.
While legends such as Eric Clapton and John Lennon were droning along to 'Wonderful Tonight' or hanging up the guitar altogether, Young was just beginning to crank up the rock merriment. 'RNS' made the statement that rock music had not found it's demise, but had only established it's roots, and with subsequent releases such as 'Re-Ac-Tor' and 'Ragged Glory', Young would fulfill his prediction that "rock and roll can never die".
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure!!, November 8, 2002
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From accoustic to electric, 1978 Neil Young all the way.With Dolby Digital 5.0 plus 2.0 AND DTS, this is and aways will be an amazing concert experience. "Like a Hurricane" can only be experienced by standing up.....wow---a rare treat done so well on DVD.....I missed my dinner by 2 hours planning to watch just a couple songs---beginning to end this is sheer pleasure.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My first concert ever, December 30, 1999
This review is from: Rust Never Sleeps [VHS] (VHS Tape)
The first concert I ever saw was this tour at the forum in LA. I was 14 and it changed my life forever. From that point on I knew what I was going to do. GO SEE MORE NEIL YOUNG CONCERTS! To have the first concert you ever seen made in to a movie is worth the 5 stars I am giving. Nevermind that the music is pure punk brillance with out the misguided angst that most punk rockers possess. You'll never hear guitars this grungy again. EVER! Neils guitar is like an atomic bomb. There is no sound bigger.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest live concerts on film..., March 15, 1999
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This review is from: Rust Never Sleeps [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Neil Young and Crazy Horse are in top form in this film of the 1978 tour. From start to finish, Neil shows why he is one of the most vital singer/songwriter/musicians of our time. The music takes you up and down, but satisfies at every level. If you are a fan of real Rock & Roll, then this is a must-have video.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's more to THIS picture than meets the eye, November 13, 2002
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I haven't seen this movie in years and, like the other reviewers, only wanted to see one or two songs but could not stop watching! It is the rock n' roll dream that I fell asleep to nightly come true with it's fantasy 'road eyes' waking up a sleepy child-like Neil among oversized anvil cases who roams the stage grinning and mumbling only to fall asleep again at the sets end as if he never was awake. The electric set becomes even more surreal as a pinhead and mad scientist in white lab coat join in with the woodstock soundtrack blaring behind them. I get goosebumps when Neil breaks into 'Sedan Delivery' while the mad doctor fixes his mike! I know there's philosophy and magic to this film, I just can't properly describe it! See it for yourself....
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey Hey My My!, December 5, 2002
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Classic Neil Young out on DVD at last. Great versions of Sugar Mountain, Powderfinger, Tonights the Night - in fact they're all great. The picture is grainy but thats the way Neil likes it and its better than sterile MTV vids. Only drawbacks are the irritating 'Roadeyes', the gimmicky stage set and the reggae-ised Cortez the Killer.
The DVD extras aren't bad either, good photo album and nice to have the lyrics, but a directors commentary would have been nice.
Any chance of a live CSNY DVD from the last tour Neil?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Rock and Roll DVD/Film of All Time (yes, it's true), October 3, 2002
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In my opinion and without any exception, this is the quintessential rock and roll DVD/Film of all time; there are none better. I can't add much other than to say that the film is somewhat grainy at the direction of Mr. Shakey, who prefers texture to gloss. This adds to one's viewing pleasure, unless you like sterile rock and roll video productions...
If you like rock and roll, this DVD will satiate your desire for great music and tons of fun.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Neil Young and Crazy Horse - long may you run, January 28, 1999
This review is from: Rust Never Sleeps [VHS] (VHS Tape)
From the album of the same name. If you liked that album, you've got to see this video. Neil Young and Crazy Horse dwafted by two-story speakers and microphone. It's one song right after another with only occasional interuptions by his "Roadeyes" scurrying around the stage changing setups. Whether it's acoustic you like or guitar blasting electric, this video has it. Songs like, THRASHER, POWDERFINGER or CINNAMON GIRL keep things moving right along. Photography and direction are excellent in this video considering the complexity of filming a live concert. Lighting is also right up there. This video is the next best thing to being there!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible, October 9, 2005
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I first saw this film in 1981 on a late night cable show called Night Flight on the USA cable network.Ever since that moment i have been mesmerized by this concert.The acoustic set was awesome and when they went electric it was mind blowing.I never knew Neil Young could rock this hard.This dvd should be purchased the company that released it did an incredible job.

The picture and the sound is perfect.I wish all dvd companies would put this much care in 70s concerts on dvd.This one is a 100% masterpiece!
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