Thursday, April 21, 2011

Live Rust

I'm slowly on my way to owning all of Neil Young's official catalog. I finally bought Live Rust after contemplating for some time (snatching the one and only copy from HMV). This live album (not to be confused with Rust Never Sleeps) with Crazy Horse was taken off from several performances during the '78 tour in the States. One of the best things about Live Rust is its sequencing. It starts with Neil playing alone. Sugar Mountain and the lovely Comes A Time is particularly resonating thanks to the superb sparkling-like sound of his twelve-string. Buffalo Springfield's I Am A Child is also astounding as a solo tune. And this version of My My, Hey Hey is better than Rust Never Sleep's.
The plugged stuff is always phenomenal, and to fully enjoy it must be played loud. It doesn't matter to me if 1991's double-disc Weld, has a fairly similar tracklist. I always get a huge rush from listening to live Horse. The Loner has always been an underrated gem, and the band manages to breathe new electric life into it, absolutely blowing the original version away. Another highlight is a fiery When You Dance I Can Really Love. Meanwhile Powderfinger, Cortez The Killer, Like A Hurricane are epic as usual, their finest moments as a live band. If you listen to some of these songs carefully, you can hear obvious mistakes. But that's what I love about Crazy Horse; the whole unpolishedness, garage and care-free approach to playing music. In other words, pure.

Now it's time for me to delve into Neil's 'weird' '80s period!