Album: Live At The Fillmore East [Live] 1969
The long-awaited Neil Young Archives have finally been released (Dec '96) to the public with Live at the Fillmore East.
A month after releasing 1969’s Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, his second solo album and the first backed by Crazy Horse, Young joined up with Crosby, Stills, and Nash. They played Woodstock for their second gig, and recorded Déjà Vu. Their musical talents, combined with the void created by Bob Dylan’s refusal to accept what fans wanted him to be and the break-up of The Beatles, saw them rise as a voice for and stars of the counterculture; however, they broke up soon after their 1970 summer tour, which was captured on 1971’s Four Way Street.
As part of his arrangement to join the CSN, Young was allowed to carry on with his solo career, so during February and March of 1970 he went on tour to support Everybody Knows with Crazy Horse (Danny Whitten on guitar, Billy Talbot on bass, Ralph Molina on drums) and producer Jack Nitzsche on electric piano.
Collected from two nights is their brand of electrified county rock straight out of the canyons of Los Angeles, quite possibly the home Young refers to in the album’s title track. “Winterlong” is an unusual love song, finding the couple at place where moving forward together is difficult and the end can be seen. The song was first released on the 1977 best-of compilation Decade, and later covered by The Pixies.
However, the real genius of the joining of Neil & Danny is revealed on “Down By The River,” a love story with a different ending. The country sound disappears and rock comes to the forefront as the song wonderfully winds into a sprawling 12-minute epic of guitar virtuosity with Young and Whitten exchanging leads on the bridges. Nicely recorded too ;-}