Dreamin' Man Live '92

Album Review of Dreamin' Man Live '92 by Neil Young.

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Dreamin' Man Live '92

Neil Young

Dreamin' Man Live '92 by Neil Young

Release Date: Dec 8, 2009
Record label: Reprise
Genre(s): Rock, Pop, Live

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Dreamin' Man Live '92 - Fairly Good, Based on 4 Critics

Entertainment Weekly - 86
Based on rating A-
86

In 1992, Neil Young’s Harvest Moon revisited the country-folk of his 1972 album Harvest. Dreamin’ Man Live ’92 resequences Harvest Moon and presents the songs in even starker form — in concert, with the singer accompanied only by acoustic guitar, banjo, piano, and harmonica. The lack of ornamentation suits the album’s themes, as the narrator wrestles with reconciling his youthful ambitions with middle-age reality.

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AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10
70

Unlike previous entries in Neil Young's Archives series, Dreamin' Man Live '92 does not capture a specific gig. Instead, it's a compilation of highlights from the tour he took prior to recording Harvest Moon, as he aired the album's ten songs alone with his guitar (or on one occasion each, his piano and banjo). Although every one of the album's cuts is here, this isn't a strict re-creation of the album, since the songs are sequenced in non-LP order, but that's a minor detail: for most intents and purposes, this is an alternate version of Neil's well-loved but not epochal return to country-rock.

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Pitchfork - 50
Based on rating 5.0/10
50

Neil Young fans waited decades for his fabled Decade II project, later renamed Archives and finally released this year as the start-- or, technically, the continuation-- of the singer's long-simmering and fitfully realized reissue program. Reasonable people can quibble over the set's presentation and the relative redundancy of much of its contents, but it's hard to imagine anyone having a problem with how the set positioned Young within a definitive chronological context. Archives may be too awkward to be definitive, but no question they worked well as a portrait of a quixotic artist as a young man.

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PopMatters - 50
Based on rating 5/10
50

Worshipping Neil Young can be exhausting. Trust me: I’d know. True, the singer’s notoriously impulsive nature has always been an endearing trait.

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