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Album: Neil Young, Dreamin’ Man Live ’92

From The Independent

“It’s just the feeling behind this song,” murmurs Neil Young, introducing “Dreamin’ Man”, “there’s nothing literal in here”.

But the whole album has the aspect of a dream – specifically, a wistful reverie about times past and friends forgotten. Recorded at various solo performances in 1992, these 10 songs would later that year comprise Neil’s cosy country-rock comeback album Harvest Moon. But 17 years on it’s like a double-flashback, looking fondly back at songs which look fondly back: in “Unknown Legend”, ageing hippies yearn for the freedom of their youth; in “From Hank To Hendrix”, a man facing divorce reflects upon a fading relationship; and in “You And Me”, a reference to an “old man” short-circuits the mind back to that song on Harvest, as Young ponders “how lifetime flies”. There’s even a song in which Neil apologises to old musician chums summarily abandoned as he flitted from style to style: “I never tried to burn any bridges, but I know I let some good things go,” he acknowledges. Delivered to gentle strummage and occasional gusts of organ or harmonica, it’s all pleasant enough – but if Neil’s going to do an 11-minute number called “Natural Beauty”, I’d much prefer it if Crazy Horse were saddled up alongside, quite frankly.

May 14, 2010 Posted by | Neil Young Dreamin' Man Live '92 | | Leave a comment

Album Review: Neil Young – Dreamin’ Man Live ‘92


You probably think you’ve heard it all if you’ve heard Harvest Moon. But you haven’t heard it like this.

Stripped down. Organic. Real. Neil Young’s Dreamin’ Man gives everyone from the crazy-obsessed to the exploratory fan a fresh and positively bare version of Harvest Moon. The acoustic, live performances from different cities in ’92 will refresh the reason you loved the album the first time around.

Those who argue this album has nothing new to offer from Harvest Moon should take a deeper listen. The sound of Young’s fingers grazing the strings on “Hank to Hendrix” serves as an intimate homage to the song inspired by great guitar legends Jimi Hendrix and Hank Marvin (No, not Hank Williams). Other tracks sneak out that weren’t noticeable on the studio version. A surprisingly new-found appreciation for “Old King” and “Natural Beauty” leaves “Harvest Moon” somewhat unforgettable this time around.

Labeled as Volume 12 of the Neil Young Archives Performance Series, the question still remains as to why now? From releasing Volume 02: Live at the Fillmore East in 2006, to Volume 03: Live at Massey Hall 1971 in 2007, Volume 00: Sugar Mountain-Live at Canterbury House 1968 in 2008, to now Volume 12: Dreamin’ Man, seems a bit out of the order. But then again, that’s Young.

The only question that remains is what’s next? We can only wait in anticipation…

May 12, 2010 Posted by | Neil Young Dreamin' Man Live '92 | | Leave a comment