Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Rust Never Sleeps - The Concert Film
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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.
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.Read more ›
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This concert is beyond describing. It defines what rock and roll is all about. Half acoustic and the other blistering rock anthems. Every song is killer. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Steve J. Waters
I saw a little while ago on the big screen. It was screened with the director's cut of "Human Highway" as a part of the "Evening with Neil Young" event that Fathom... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ryan B.
I still love this film after all these years. The music still gives me goosebumps. The condition of the DVD and packaging was excellent! A real bargain!Published 10 months ago by Rich Fall
1978 Boston Garden. Was stationed there getting overhaul on USS VOGE FF 1047. Seen Neil was coming and got tickets. Very FIRST concert my daughter went to. She was 4. What a show. Read morePublished 11 months ago by sparkygmg3
The DVD was in great shape when it arrived! Neal Young is the master of music. The King, the best of all time. So, obtaining this concert/film was a must for my collection. Read morePublished 12 months ago by David McLane
I am glad it is on dvd. Regardless of video quality, it is now part of my history of music. I would hope that more musical acts are going after the video and sound quality going... Read morePublished 14 months ago by TNMTNHM
Bought it as gift for my dad, and I can hear his enjoying the good old school.
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