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post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by Mike Dias View Post
 

 

To be honest, I haven't really spent anytime with the Massey Hall disc. Can anyone else chime in on this one?

 

Well, I have now have the Cellar Door in my ears and I must admit I am a little bit disappointed. I understand that it is two completely different venues or live performance places, one being a small intimate place and the other more of a concert hall? Right?  I haven't been to either one so I don't have a clue!

 

Anyhow, the sound quality of the Cellar Door recording is as Mike wrote, very upfront and right in your face. Neil's acoustic guitar playing/chords/tempo/decay are very distinct but at the same time kind sound kind of muffled or darker compared to what an acoustic guitar should or could sound like when recorded upfront,  although much more present than the piano tracks. There's also a lot of tape hiss going on, no surprise...:-)

 

The Massey Hall recordings are much more more clearer, larger sound stage, of a course bigger venue but overall also a much better imaging, certainly not as upfront as with the mics of the Cellar Doors recording.

 

I hear a much more correct tonality of both Neil's acoustic guitar and his voice on the Massey Hall recording. Less hiss as well.. All IMO

 

Emotional wise, Neil is more in my face on the Cellar Door recording and he sounds much more comfortable playing this gig.. 

 

On the Massey Hall he sounds much more fragile, during songs and intro's between songs and I personally believe that this suited his performance better at this early stage in his life..even later on, so overall I consider the Massey Hall is a better fidelity recording/experience than the Live Cellars....

 

Although I will say that..

 

Neil Young always believed, at least in the old days, that in his world the most off sounding key/dischord or tonality placed in any traditional way of musical correct context could be the most important because it changes everything that we really expect to hear and NY probably exploits this terrain better on a few tracks of the Cellar Doors. 

 

If you can play/master any given instrument near perfectly, why not explore the opposite (not quite, a small deviation) and see what comes out.. 


Edited by Jupiterknight - 12/12/13 at 10:09pm
post #17 of 18
+1 Massey Hall is a phenomenal recording. Very heartfelt and clear sound. IMO, it's one of 2 CDS where I feel the CD is close to the quality of the BluRay issue. Oh, and I think Neil's amazing anyway. Crank Cortez and tell me I'm nuts.
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by EtymoticFtW View Post

+1 Massey Hall is a phenomenal recording. Very heartfelt and clear sound. IMO, it's one of 2 CDS where I feel the CD is close to the quality of the BluRay issue. Oh, and I think Neil's amazing anyway. Crank Cortez and tell me I'm nuts.

 

 

Absolutely, the Massey Hall recordings are very close to a High Res and have actually been released in such a format 24/96 so I know that you're not truly nuts.. :-) and that was my point although I manage to weave around it... Massey Hall, a superior NY live experience...

 

If you ever have a chance listen to the band "Built To Spill" Live album and their rendition of  "Cortez" it will blow your mind (I hope), all thanks to Neil of course.. and if you haven't heard this one then you will thank me... :wink_face:

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