Comment of the Moment: "No Hidden Path" - The Best Post-1970s Neil Young Song? + Rock in Rio, Madrid, 2008
Yesterday, we posted the statement "No Hidden Path" as being one the best post-1970s Neil Young songs.
Lots of commentary, which we'll get to in a moment.
But first, Exhibit A above. For all of those who are beseeching the release of Trunk Show, here's a taste in the meantime.
Neil Young's "No Hidden Path" at Rock in Rio, Madrid in 2008.
This performance is *only* 28 minutes... Totally pro-shot video. Excellent audio & angles.
Like a snowflake, Neil doesn't play this song the same way twice.
The Comment of the Moment is from "No Hidden Path": The Best Post-1970s Neil Young Song? by Barry:
to be honest thrasher... i would go as far to say as that i rate No Hidden Path as one of the best Neil songs of all time.... including the 70's work !Also, see "No Hidden Path": The Best Post-1970s Neil Young Song? . More on Rock In Rio Madrid, Spain Concert Reviews: 6/27/08.
after hearing it on the CDII album from the very first time the hooks were sunk and i was slowly slowly pulled into the textures and layers of sound, imagery, phrasing of the lyrics... it all felt to me like it just worked into my skin and stayed there.
it was captivating.
then after attending the 2 gigs at London Hammersmith Odeon back in 2008(ish) the 2nd half of the sets that followed the solo rarities 1st half brought out the Electric Band.... the interplay between Ben and Neil on the 20 odd minute version took my away to somewhere very weird... it was deep and spiritual and stands the test of time as the moment that i can still vividly remember physically and mentally connecting with.... sounds weird i know but it was a deep moment.
i love no hidden path.... stands the test of time for sure.... i could wax lyrical for hours and bore everyone but right now.... this moment this hour... it is my most cherished Neil song since the 70s.
there is a caveat of course.... tomorrow my favourite post 70s NY might be Shots, the day after One of these Days, next week it will be Bandit... in a month it might be all of Le Noise again... its hard to call when there is just so much great great music from last 20 years, if you care to open your ears and mind and let it in !
But No Hidden Path is very very special.