Saturday, February 25, 2006


Concert film

Neil Young (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer and songwriter who has become one of the most respected and influential musicians of his generation. Young is recognisable for his high-pitched, nasal voice and for his deeply personal lyrics. Musically, most of his work falls into one of two distinct styles: the first is country-tinged folk rock heard on such songs as “Heart of Gold” and the other is a grinding, lumbering form of hard rock heard on songs like “Cinnamon Girl”. He has also experimented with soul, swing, jazz and electronica (a term that covers a wide range of electronic or electronic-influenced music) during his career.
Young came to prominence in the mid-1960’s and reached his commercial peak during the singer-songwriter boom of the early ‘70’s with the albums “After the Gold Rush” and “Harvest”. He has fiercely refused commercial stardom, which has led him to create both durable, uncompromising music and outlandish experiments that have left critics, audiences and—in one notable case—his record label baffled.
Despite a lack of consistency Young is a widely influential and acclaimed performer. He has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Unless you are a fan of Neil Young (or his type of music) you will find this movie a big bore. Apart from brief anecdotes from some of the principals at the beginning, this film is simply a compilation of a two-night concert performed in the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

for some drug-related lyrics.

The title refers to the only number 1 single of his career, “Heart of Gold”.

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