Neil Young -- Friends & Relatives
Red Rocks Live DVD
|Neil Young's new live album, Road Rock.|
But one look at the DVD, and you'll understand why it's worth the extra five bucks to spring for it. For starters, it's about an hour longer than the CD, and adds a whopping 11 extra tracks to the audio disc's rather meager eight. More importantly, the DVD follows the actual flow and song order of the concert. Where the CD begins with a sizzling 18-minute "Cowgirl in the Sand," the DVD places this in its correct order during the show -- as the last tune before the encore. Certainly that makes more sense, especially as it grinds into its raging, grand finale.
|The new Neil Young DVD, Red Rocks Live.|
Like all great bands, these guys can make anything sound good, but when Young tears into the stomping, emotionally charged, anti-heroin rant of "Tonight's The Night," there is no denying the man is one of this generation's phenomenal talents. If at all possible, buy the DVD and watch an astonishingly tight outfit at work, sharing energy and intensity on what is probably just another mind-blowing night on the tour. This is what a live show should be, with musicians feeding off each other, and the audience, to produce music that simply can't be contained in a studio. It's what makes this not only a classic Neil Young album, but also one of the better concerts ever recorded. It brilliantly captures a sadly short-lived aggregation of musicians for posterity, and will reaffirm for even the most skeptical, of the magnificent power of live music.