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Neil Young at the Orpheum: quiet and LOUD!

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I enjoy Neil Young’s work most when he’s working at the extremes: either his extremely quiet, extremely precise, sometimes very funny acoustic tales of longing and spiritual devastation — or his extremely loud, extremely sloppy, sometimes very funny electric tales of longing and spiritual devastation. Much of the time he’s somewhere in between (think of recent albums like Are You Passionate?) and nowhere near as interesting. Last night’s show at the Orpheum, though, was a thrill for those of us who want to hear him at his two poles. His first set was solo acoustic, heavy on rarities and unreleased numbers, with the highlights being hard-edged takes of “Ambulance Blues” (from On the Beach) and “Sad Movies” (I have it on a bootleg of a 1976 show in London, but I think the song is officially unreleased — dear readers, please tell me if I’m wrong). The electric set was wild, featuring both long-loved (and long-underplayed) country-rockers “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere” and “Winterlong” and some strong uptempo numbers from the new Chrome Dreams II hodgepodge. Indeed, as a sign that this was not merely an oldies show, the electric half of the show peaked with a stomping, set-closing, 15-minute-long, impolite-building-up-to-ferocious, shattering-everything-in-its-way, try-anything, peak-Crazy-Horse-worthy, solos-everywhere, and very much new “No Hidden Path.” It’s better to burn out…

Set list: From Hank To Hendrix / Ambulance Blues / Sad Movies / A Man Needs A Maid / Try / No One Seems To Know / Harvest / Campaigner / After The Gold Rush / Mellow My Mind / Love Art Blues / Heart Of Gold // The Loner / Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere / Dirty Old Man / Spirit Road / Bad Fog Of Loneliness / Winterlong / Oh, Lonesome Me / The Believer / No Hidden Path // Cinnamon Girl / Cortez The Killer

Written by guterman

December 3, 2007 at 12:34 pm

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  1. Awesome set.


    December 9, 2007 at 4:12 pm

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