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|Genre:||Musical & Performing Arts|
|Leading Role:||Neil Young|
Average review score based on 19 user reviews
This is a vintage flick full of old school concert vibes. I saw this movie ten times in the seventies and it just gets better and better. Starting with the acoustic set full of the classic tunes that catapulted Young into superstardom, then for a awakening thunderstorm of Rock with Neil and Crazy Horse tearing up the stage with anthems like "Hey Hey My My, Rock and Roll will never die" and " Cinnamon Girl" or " Welfare Mothers". This is everything a concert video should be with premium quality DTS sound. It just ROCKS!!!
I especially enjoyed the "electric" portion of the show. The Live Rust album was my first exposure to Neil Young and I loved it 30 years ago. "Powderfinger" and "Cinnamon Girl" are particular highlights for me on this DVD. Lots of good shots of Neil spastically wailing away and Crazy Horse pounding right there with him. I thought it was especially cool how his bass and rhythm guitar player would share the microphone with him on harmony vocals. Fortunately the cameras focused more on Neil and the band rather than the crowd, unlike other concert DVDs.
I bought this DVD to relive an extraordinary concert of Neil with Crazy Horse I attended in 1976 in London. But this "rust never sleeps" show is different than the one I saw back then, and the side entertainment with the road-eyes in between the songs quickly becomes annoying. While the music is timeless, the image quality on the DVD is getting old.
So, unless you are a hard core fan, skip this DVD and check his more recent movies instead: Heart of Gold, and the Trunk show.
If you are a true Neil Young fan, this is a must have. The transfer to dvd was masterfully done. This is an incredible performance, and while Neil's library is so extensive, you'll always leave his concerts unfulfilled by not hearing every song you would have love for him to have performed, this one does cover the highlights of his career up to 1979. This is nearly a flawless concert dvd, and I only have one complaint, which has remained true since this concert was originally released. There is a considerable amount of attention on this film to the roadies, which is fine, and they are entertaining. But the noise they make when moving equipment around, I think is recorded too loud, so loud as to be a distraction. This is especially true for 5.1 surround sound, and after you have the set the volume you want to hear the concert in then having to turn that perfect volume down to compensate for the moving noises. This distraction alone keeps this from being his all time best dvd concert release.
Here is Neil Young and Crazy Horse at their best. Crank up the surround sound and enjoy a well-recorded concert. The 12-string acoustic sounds like it's next to you and when they rock out each instrument is clear and precise. Absolute must-buy! I can't wait until they restore and remaster this film!