Album Review: Young Shakespeare [Live] by Neil Young
Exceptionally Good, Based on 2 Critics
Clash Music - 90 Based on rating 9
Imagine it's 1971. You have tickets to see Neil Young on his recent acoustic tour. Since leaving Buffalo Springfield Young released two albums in 1969 - 'Neil Young' and the proto-grunge classic 'Everybody Knows This is Nowhere' - before following this with 'After The Gold Rush'. You settle down at the Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, Connecticut on January 26th and he opens with 'Tell Me Why' to thundering applause.
Fresh from the huge success of Deja Vu (as part of Laurel Canyon hippie dream supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), Young is captured here at the first peak of his powers as a performer. Alternating between earnestly heartfelt (it's hard not to think of the sadly premature passing of hugely ….