Release Date: Feb 26, 2021
Record label: Reprise
When I was at school Select Magazine ran a feature of the Best 100 Albums released in the 90s. For the rest of that year, I made it my mission to hear, and own, all of them. This was a time before the internet so hearing all 100 was a long and laborious task. Bargain bins in record shops were scoured and family members were asked if they had any of the missing albums.
Neil Young entered the 1990s acting as if his erratic 1980s never happened. He spent the bulk of the '80s sowing wild oats while in an unhappy union with Geffen Records. The label was so aggrieved by the mercurial singer-songwriter's behavior that they filed suit against Young, accusing him of purposefully delivering uncommercial albums. Perhaps they had a point: Once he returned to his old home at Reprise, he started making music like he had in the old days.
One of the finest rock bands ever, getting their stage legs back before a small audience in a club, ahead of an era-defining arena tour -- what a glorious thing. After releasing the acclaimed and influential Ragged Glory in the fall of 1990, Neil Young, Ralph Molina, Billy Talbot and Frank "Poncho" Sampedro hunkered down together onto the small stage of the Catalyst club in Santa Cruz and casually blew everyone in attendance away. Captured here in startling audio and on DVD as a Bernard Shakey and L.