A fantastic slice of work from Neil Young
– a rare solo performance done at Carnegie Hall in 1970, and with a very stripped-down vibe that's a wonderful change from some of Neil
's studio albums of the time! There's a quality here that gets instantly to the moody, dark-tinged side of Young
's music – that spirit that's maybe delivered best by the man himself his own, with just a bit of piano or guitar to give support to his heartbreaking vocals – as Neil
even manages to transform familiar tunes with his personal, intimate approach to performance! At moments, it feels like Young
is putting everything of himself on the stage – and we're wondering how he wasn't an emotional wreck after the whole thing was over – a quality that's further testified to on the bootlegs of the second set of this event that have circulated over the years. Yet this is the first set – unavailable for years, and used by Neil
to launch his own bootleg series – recorded on multi-track tape, and served up here with great mastering. Titles include "Helpless", "Wonderin", "Expecting To Fly", "I Am A Child", "Old Man", "Ohio", "Bad Fog Of Loneliness", "See The Sky About To Rain", "Birds", "Cowgirl In The Sand", "Flying On The Ground Is Wrong", and "Cinnamon Girl".