Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Live at the Fillmore East
I don’t know just what to make of this one. I guess it really comes down to what you think about live albums. Sometimes they can really add to the artist’s cannon of recorded music – other times they just look like an excuse to milk the fans of a little more of their hard earned cash.
My difficulty lies in the fact that this is rather a fine recording of what was seemingly a great performance. But there is no ‘live’ atmosphere to boost the album into a different ball park than the same songs appearing on the more thoughtfully put together studio records [in this case mainly ‘Everybody Knows This is Nowhere’ – one of my all-time Top 5 LPs].
Apart from the slight variation in playlist I would say that unless you’re an NY completist, there is no good reason to spend good cash on this when you can get the original probably much cheaper and the world is brimming with great new music to buy.
So, in short, a very good recording – but of little consequence. It’s up to you.