Live At The Cellar Door (Remastered) Neil Young
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- 1Tell Me Why (Live at the Cellar Door)02:52
- 2Only Love Can Break Your Heart (Live at the Cellar Door)03:14
- 3After the Gold Rush (Live at the Cellar Door)03:49
- 4Expecting to Fly (Live at the Cellar Door)03:22
- 5Bad Fog of Loneliness (Live at the Cellar Door)02:01
- 6Old Man (Live at the Cellar Door)03:41
- 7Birds (Live at the Cellar Door)02:19
- 8Don't Let It Bring You Down (Live at the Cellar Door)02:39
- 9See the Sky About to Rain (Live at the Cellar Door)03:21
- 10Cinnamon Girl (Live at the Cellar Door)03:29
- 11I Am a Child (Live at the Cellar Door)02:44
- 12Down by the River (Live at the Cellar Door)04:25
- 13Flying on the Ground Is Wrong (Live at the Cellar Door)07:11
Info for Live At The Cellar Door (Remastered)
This album collects recordings made during Neil Young's intimate six-show solo stand at The Cellar Door in Washington D.C. between November 30th and December 2nd, 1970 - a few months after Reprise released his classic third solo album 'After The Gold Rush'. Of the many unique gems found on 'Live At The Cellar Door', a rare solo version of 'Cinnamon Girl' performed on piano rather than guitar is a particular treasure for Neil fans. The album, which features Young performing on acoustic guitar and piano, includes tracks that are interesting for several reasons, such as stunning live versions of songs that appeared on 'After The Gold Rush' ('Tell Me Why,' 'Only Love Can Break Your Heart,' 'Birds,' 'Don't Let It Bring You Down' and the title track) and solo performances of the Buffalo Springfield songs 'Expecting To Fly' (from their 1967 second album Buffalo Springfield Again), 'I Am A Child' (from their third and final album Last Time Around and Young's 1977 Decade compilation), and 'Flying On The Ground Is Wrong,' from their 1966 self-titled debut. In addition, there are early, raw performances of songs that wouldn't appear until subsequent Young albums, including the rarity 'Bad Fog Of Loneliness' (which appears on Live At Massey Hall '71 - released in 2007- but was previously unreleased until the studio band version was included on Archives Vol. 1 1963-1972) and 'Old Man' (released two years later on 1972's Harvest album). 'Down By The River,' also from 'Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere', rounds out the spectacular set.
"In late 1970, Neil Young was coming down from a bustling stretch of touring with the immensely popular Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and had just released his third solo album, After the Goldrush. That album, lodged between the jammy country rock of 1969's Crazy Horse-aided Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere and the hushed, hermetic folk of 1972's Harvest, found an ethereal and otherworldly middle ground for Young's rapidly developing songwriting voice. Live at the Cellar Door finds a solo Young just a few months after the release of After the Goldrush, playing a six-show stint at the tiny Washington D.C. club, running through a set heavy on the relatively new material from Gold Rush, but also getting into songs that wouldn't see album release for a few more records yet. It would have been impossible to gauge at the time of the performance, but the set list of Live at the Cellar Door is a non-stop string of what would become some of Young's many timeless classics, punctuated by the sound of the unthinkably small audience clapping politely as he wove through 15 magical compositions on spare acoustic guitar and occasional piano. Not just heavy on highlights, this is a rare live recording that lacks any duds or missteps at all. Apart from near-perfect selections from After the Goldrush like its fever-dream title track, the heartbreaking "Birds," or the long look at growing up in "Tell Me Why," Young debuts future hit "Old Man" as well as the On the Beach piano dirge "See the Sky About to Rain." He also offers up a piano-only reading of "Cinnamon Girl," announcing "That's the first time I ever did that one on piano." Part of an ongoing archival series of key live dates from Young's massive career, Live at the Cellar Door includes snippets of the usual between-song banter, but a noticeably tired Young is more subdued even when making dry jokes. Sticking mostly to focused readings of his then-brand-new songs, he cultivates a somber mood, tapping into all the sorrow, wonder, and wistfulness of his early solo material as well as a few Buffalo Springfield tunes. These tracks feel much more like an album of alternate versions than a typical live recording. The intimacy and raw beauty of Live at the Cellar Door makes it not just a must for super fans, but a valuable companion piece to any of Young's early studio output." (Fred Thomas, AMG)
Neil Young, guitar, piano
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