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Crazy Horse at the Fillmore 1970

The first installment of Neil Young archive release, Live at the Fillmore East capture the band in March 1970. The personnel includes the original Crazy Horse line-up with Danny Whitten and is by far my favorite electric Neil Young band. This isn't a complete show as additional material including an electric "Cinnamon Girl" and an acoustic set. Apparently this is all that exists in high enough quality to release from this short tour, too bad. Actually, the sound quality of Crazy Horse at the Fillmore is only good, certainly not great. It is also skimpy on liner notes and the quantity of music, around 44 minutes. 

Since this is my favorite period of Neil Young it is certain worth having this archival debut. The list price is a bit steep, but I've seen copies selling for six or seven dollars. Three of the six songs come from his second solo album, Everybody Knows This is Nowhere. The same core band plays on this concert, but they add Jack Nitzsche on electric piano; however, you can barely hear him. The two extended tracks, "Down by the River," and "Cowgirl in the Sand" both are longer than their studio counterparts and go places that the originals do not. 

The track "Wonderin'" wasn't released until 1983 on his rockabilly release Everybody's Rockin'. Funny, it was introduced by Young, "this is a song from our new album, when we record it." 

A studio version "Winterlong" appeared on Decade adding charm to a still relevant compilation since its 1977 release.  A Crazy Horse track sung by Danny Whitten and co-written by he and Young, "Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown" precedes "Cowgirl in the Sand." Crazy Horse record this track on their debut release under the name, "Downtown," while Young recorded a version on Tonight's the Night.

For the CD / DVD rendition, the DVD is an audio with a photo collection that rotates throughout the disc. They do a good job with capturing relevant photos at key spots. 

by Barry Small  
Grade  B
For years, fans of Neil Young and Crazy Horse have been waiting for an official chance to hear Crazy Horse live with original leader Danny Whitten, the insanely talented guitarist who died of a heroin overdose in late 1972, inspiring Tonight's the Night. Tuned-in fans have been awaiting this very set for at least a dozen years, as it was originally to be tacked onto the end of a Decade-style triple CD of outtakes. Thankfully, this well-recorded live set from the infamous Fillmore East was well worth the wait. Here are scorching, extended takes of "Down by the River," "Winterlong," and "Cowgirl in the Sand," each propelled by guitar interplay so delightful you have to keep rewinding to hear it again. In fact, bits of it seem to prefigure the ways that Richard Lloyd and Tom Verlaine would feed off each other in the band Television, only with less of a sweet edge. But the world doesn't need any more arguments that Young was a proto-punk; what the world does need is at least a dozen more releases from Neil's archives! And hopefully, with this awesome live album, the floodgates have truly been opened and there are many more to come, in the vein of Dylan's Bootleg series. This disc is worth it alone for the version of "Wondering," a tune not officially recorded until many years later in Neil's weird '80s rockabilly phase. --Mike McGonigal 

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Track List

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1. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere 
2. Winterlong 
3. Down By The River 
4. Wonderin' 
5. Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown 
6. Cowgirl In The Sand 

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Neil Young Guitar, Vocals
Billy Talbot Bass 
Danny Whitten Guitar, Vocals 
Ralph Molina Drums, Vocals 
Jack Nitzsche Piano 

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Warner 1970 concert - 2006 release

Product Description
The first release of Neil Young's archive performance series.

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Since the release not a full concert here is a typical set-list

On the Way Home 
Broken Arrow 
I am a Child 
Dance Dance Dance 
Sugar Mountain 
Don't let it bring you down 
The Old Laughing Lady 
The Loner 
Everybody Knows this is Nowhere 
Let's go Downtown 
It Might have been 
Down By the River 
Cinnamon Girl 

Tour dates (Source Neil Young tours statistics)
Feb 25 1970 Music Hall, Cincinnati, OH
Feb 28 1970 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
Mar 01 1970 Tea Party Club, Boston, MA
Mar 06 1970 Fillmore East, New York City, NY (early)
Mar 06 1970 Fillmore East, New York City, NY (late)
Mar 07 1970 Fillmore East, New York City, NY (early)
Mar 07 1970 Fillmore East, New York City, NY (late)
Mar 13 1970 Contra Costa College Gym, San Pablo, CA
Mar 14 1970 Palomar College Gym, San Marcos, CA
Mar 28 1970 Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA

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