Road Rock Vol. 1 Live
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However, there are redeeming qualities. The version of "Cowgirl in the Sand" is good, but especially the bass (drum and guitar) sound terrible, as if they were recorded in cardboard box. Don't knock "Walk On" too quickly--it's meant to be a slightly happy tune, and I like this one. I am also very happy to now have a live version of "Peace of Mind"--it's a beautiful tune and it's well played. Crazy Horse couldn't have pulled this off: Keith and Oldham know where it's at. Neither old nor decrepit, the guys backing Young up know that there is more to rock 'n' roll than loud and fast.
Both the good and the bad on this album are evident on "All Along the Watchtower." Young pays his dues to Hendrix and Dylan on this one (he's played this before--I have a CD single at home somewhere with this song live) and his guitarplaying is brilliant. That is, I think it is, because it's hard to make out in the mix. I hope those who saw the tour heard it better; it must have been awesome.
In all, I have very mixed feelings about this album. It's by the man, so I got to buy it, and I must respect what he was trying to do, but I can't say I understand how this album came to sound the way it does. Perhaps Young can enlighten us.
This single CD includes versions of "Cowgirl In The Sand" and "Tonight's the Night" that, while enjoyable, will not make anyone forget the previously issued live versions of either song. Its nice to have performances of "Walk On" and "Words," two `70's classics that Young has not previously revived. Also included is a cover of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower," on which the Pretender's Chrissie Hynde joins Young.
The problem with this release is that it doesn't really have anything to say. The musical arrangements and performances are solid but unexceptional; unlike Dylan or Springsteen, for example, Young doesn't seem interested in reinterpreting or reinventing his earlier triumphs to find new meaning. None of the other instrumentalists seem able to push or prod or wrestle with Young as the boys in Crazy Horse would. Complicating matters further is that neither Pegi Young or Astrid Young are accomplished singers, and their performances are somewhat less than professional.Read more ›
This live CD his best concert version yet. He was so "on" that evening, and his band was so tight, I can honestly say there are very few live albums to equal this. Little Feet comes close, but for sheer rock power, this man has no equal. This CD conjures up visions of Neil circa 1972, Winterland, fuzz-box, Bo-Diddely, looking, square guitar blaring at warp speed, dancers in the audience, including yours truly, gyrating frenziedly on the floorbaords. Light show, Stobes, Glitter Ball...oh those were the days!!
Neil has some prominent names performing with him for this tour which include Spooner Oldham on piano, Donald "Duck" Dunn on the bass, and Neil's longtime friend and musician, Ben Kieth on guitar. He is also accomponied by his wife, Pegi, and his half sister Astrid.
This isn't supposed to be a hard-rocking set. It's a toned-down yet equally impressive live album. It includes live rarities (except for Tonight's the Night) with excellent versions of "Cowgirl in the Sand" (first live appearance on an album since the acoustic version found on CSN&Y's Four Way Street), "Words" (my personal favorite) and a peaceful version of "Peace of Mind". All in all, it's a decent album filled with rarely played songs and played with "Friends and Relatives"
I would only recommend this for the "die-hard" fans - because it's not really a good introductory point, instead I'd go with Live Rust, or Weld - then weave your way into something softer, like this.
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Neil Young is a true great having been in the limelight since the mid 1960s and this 2000 live album does him no harm at all. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. Thompson
I held off buying this CD for the longest time. I'm a diehard Neil Young fan, owning nearly everything he has ever recorded but the idea of yet another live album --- with a bunch... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
got it fast.as advertised. very happy with purchase. would buy from seller again!Published 14 months ago by Robert T. Toma
I've read a few reviews for "Road Rock, Vol. 1" that people simply are dismissing this album because Neil isn't backed by Crazy Horse; while there are probably some who... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Anthony Nasti
Great bang for the buck, but if you are new to Neil's live stuff I'd say go with the 'Live Rust' CD and 'Rust Never Sleeps' on DVD!Published on February 18, 2011 by Snu Snu
I wish I had read some of the reviews before purchasing this item, then I wouldn't have been so surprised by the horrible sound quality. Read morePublished on September 10, 2010 by AdmiralTugBenson
All Along the watchtower is one of my all-time favorite songs. There are so many great versions of it. Read morePublished on January 15, 2009 by Bill Staley
Just got an Oppo 970 and HDMI receiver and figured a 5.1 Neil Young concert would be fun. So far as I can tell, the DVD Audio center channel is never used, and the mix sounds like... Read morePublished on February 24, 2007 by blekenbleu