Neil Young – ‘A Treasure’: A Review

June 14, 2011

Neil Young - A TreasureNeil Young’s new release A Treasure features live recordings from the mid 80′s and many songs from Old Ways. Also included are songs previously rejected by Geffen records, and there are more still in the can. “Amber Jean” is a country flavored gem that was recorded on Nashville Now. All songs except the last three are from 1984. With the Geffen bitterness ancient history, the passing of Ben Keith being the obvious reason to release these recordings featuring The International Harvesters. “Are You Ready For the Country” is a pretty good song, but not nearly as good as the unreleased ones. Waylon Jennings has also recorded this song. “It Might Have Been” being Neil’s four saddest words and a nice country sound from Neil. “Bound For Glory” is another pretty good song and an unusual song only Neil could do.

“Let Your Fingers Do the Walking” is another old fashioned country song and a snappy sounding tune. “Flying on the Ground is Wrong” is an old song, which is also on Archives acoustic style, getting an excellent Country Rock treatment here. “Motor City” being from Reactor, which is a Grunge Rock album, stays Rock and sounds pretty good. A nice variety comes across on the entire release. The Country Rock “Soul of a Woman” is another gem not released before. “Get Back to the Country” is yet another good Country song, but there are better ones here.

A big surprise is “Southern Pacific” from Reactor. It gets a long Country Rock undertaking and the results are quite impressive. Recorded at the Minnesota State Fair in 1985, along with “Nothing is Perfect”, it has some awesome piano and is a must have Neil Young song. Last and also from 1985 is the barnburner “Grey Riders”, which although long is still a single and the best song here. The song really rocks with a country influence. This is a four star plus recording featuring Spooner Oldham, Rufus Thibodeaux, Hargus “Pig” Robbins, and Ben Keith.

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