Album: Neil Young International Harvesters, A Treasure (Reprise)
Friday 17 June 2011
Featuring concert recordings from his 1984-5 tour, this shows that even while his studio releases were adrift in genre-hopping chaos, Neil Young could always cut the mustard with a crack band behind him – in this case, a star-studded country ensemble of Spooner Oldham on piano, Ben Keith on pedal steel, and the fiddler Rufus Thibodeaux adding a cajun drive.
Of the set's five previously unreleased numbers, the best are the galloping "Grey Riders" and the bluesy "Soul of a Woman". "Amber Jean" and "Nothing Is Perfect" are emollient enough to inhabit Harvest Moon, but "Let Your Fingers Do the Walking" is less impressive – the kind of thing Young wakes up to find on his bedside notepad, but usually bins.
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