Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Artists - Rated 34/100!
Taken from 6 shows recorded at The Cellar Door in Washington, D.C. November 30, and December 1 & 2, 1970, this album is released as part of the ongoing Neil Young Archives Performance Series. The solo acoustic shows feature the debut performances of "Old Man" and "See the Sky About to Rain".
Available for the first time - Neil Young's historic live performance at The Cellar Door includes a rare piano version of Cinnamon Girl.
"Henry [Henry Lewy engineer] managed to perfectly mike Neil's voice, his guitar, the Steinway and even the audience gets the full, perfect Lewy treatment: the handclaps are perfectly recorded, the audience spread out in an arc behind the performer. Of course they should be in front of the performer and behind you, but that's the "distortion" in two channel recordings. Trust me: when you experience the eerie purity, transparency, the tonal and textural purity of this AAA production you wouldn't give up any of it to get the "surround experience" that would inevitably compromise the "you are there in front of Neil" reality that this record produces."
"My reaction to this record is that it gives you more "essence of Neil" than any of his other records. It better explains his gutsy artistic greatness. I wonder why he waited so long to give it to us? ...Maybe he waited until it could be perfectly mastered, pressed and gatefold-presented as it is here." - Michael Fremer, www.analogplanet, 10/11 Music, 10/11 Sound!
"The solo acoustic shows came about four months after the release of After the Goldrush, Young's best selling album to date that featured "Tell Me Why," "Don't Let It Bring You Down," "Birds" as well as the haunting title track. Those songs are all on Live at the Cellar Door along with older favorites like "Down by the River" "Cinnamon Girl" and Buffalo Springfield classics "Expecting to Fly," "I Am a Child" and "Flying on the Ground Is Wrong."
"The six Cellar Door shows marked Young's first concerts after a nearly five-month break. He spent some of that time writing new material, and the shows featured the debut performances of "Old Man," "Bad Fog of Loneliness" and "See the Sky About to Rain." It's also one of the few concerts where he played "Cinnamon Girl" on the piano.
"He played two shows per evening at the Cellar Door, and they essentially served as a public rehearsal for his two-night stand at New York's Carnegie Hall on December 4th and 5th, 1970. Nobody knew it at the time, but Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young quietly broke up after their summer tour wrapped that July. The success of After the Goldrush demonstrated that Young was a genuine superstar outside of the short-lived supergroup, and his fame would only grow as the decade went on." - Rollingstone.com, Andy Greene, October 21, 2013
180g Gram Vinyl LP
Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering
1. Tell Me Why
2. Only Love Can Break Your Heart
3. After the Gold Rush
4. Expecting To Fly
5. Bad Fog of Loneliness
6. Old Man
1. Don't Let It Bring You Down
2. See the Sky About to Rain
3. Cinnamon Girl
4. I Am A Child
5. Down By the River
6. Flying On The Ground Is Wrong