Neil Young At His Electric Best: Crazy Horse in Late February 1991
An all over the map discussion has ensued over the recent post Winter Wheat by John K. Samson: Heavily Influenced by Neil Young's On the Beach .
Somehow commenters veered into best concert memories and other assorted digressions. Well, it's all good, we suppose.
Here's a comment on the 1991 Ragged Glory/Weld tour with Crazy Horse by Scotsman:
It's a shame that many Neil fans have never watched the complete captivating video from Concord 1993, with one of the most sinister and vicious versions of Down By The River ever performed.Thanks Scotsman! Yes, the 1991 Ragged Glory/Weld tour with Crazy Horse really set a high bar for electric Neil. It hasn't really been purer -- before or since. There was definitely an intensity where nothing was left on stage by the end of the night. We're so lucky that WELD was released so soon after the tour completed.
Or Like A Hurricane from Hartford 1991 (the film of this concert is on youtube, in acceptable quality), filmed only three days after the epic Weld version. If I wanted to fully demonstrate the soulful beauty of Crazy Horse, then this is one performance I would play.
Indeed, anything from late February 1991 represents Neil Young at his electric best; the golden years, as good as Hendrix.
And I've recommend the heart-piercing, beautifully-restrained electric version of Cortez from Winnipeg 1996 several times now, and if only one person finds a copy and enjoys it then my work here is done.
I'm not talking about moderately-good, "great for an old guy" performances. If musical Gods existed, this would be the sound of them channeling themselves through Neil Young and enriching the lives of anyone who cares to listen. Powerful stuff.
A good thread. We're always searching for wheat - not scrounging for chaff.