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Neil Young Live In Berlin DVD (1983)


Review In Berlin is a truly fantastic concert which took place in Berlin 1982 on his Trans Tour. Neil is accompanied with some of his old pals with musicians such as Nils Lofgren/Bruce Palmer/Ralph Molina/Ben Keith and a couple of roadies from the crew Larry Cragg & Joel Bernstein, it really is a good line up of musicians. It was originally released on VHS Video back in 1983 to which I purchased myself and totally wore out the tape by playing it that many times. Thank god that this release as finally been transferred to DVD is all I can say, because it’s a marvel of a concert.

The footage from this concert that turns up on this DVD is only an hour long, but what Neil manages to pack into that hour is a truly fantastic set list of old classics with the likes of Cinnamon Girl/Old Man/Needle & The Damage Done/After The Gold Rush/Hey Hey My My and a mind blistering performance of Hurricane that is simply to die for. Other new material at the time was from his new album Trans (which perhaps may seem very outdated to some) but these live performances of that material is far from the case, and are way better arranged and performed than what they where ever on the studio album.

Tracks like Computer Age and Sample and Hold have never sounded better. To top it all off, Neil finishes off with a purely fantastic newly written track for the occasion of it all, entitled After Berlin. This is a classic in my opinion and certainly makes a fantastic ending to a purely magical concert of shear great performance.

Both picture and sound quality are very good, but even though this as been transferred to DVD, it’s still very much VHS Video quality in that department, but its certainly good enough considering this is old video footage. The DVD I have is not from Amazon and is a Rhino release that comes with amazingly a Dolby Digital 5.1 Soundtrack. Though to be honest it’s far from great 5.1 in that respect, and is really only as it originally was from the VHS Video which would of been an Hi Fi Stereo Track. But it still sounds very good and with great stereo production does not in any way spoil ones listening pleasure.

In Berlin is truly one of Neil’s finest concerts that captures some of his earlier, finer, and truly amazing performances, it does not disappoint one bit and keeps you thoroughly entertained. It really is a busting show that I would consider a must for the fans, and anybody who wants to be entertained with mind blowing performances. I simply cannot recommend this enough it’s very much in my heart with it’s performance and stands proud in my collection. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews

Review Neil appears on stage, but it doesn’t look like him, his hair is pretty short and he’s wearing a lime green jacket and…….a tie!!!Anyway they start with a good version of “Cinnamon girl” and then go into a “Trans” number “Computer age” the German audience seem a bit puzzled by this song! “Little thing called love” is a good track with Neil on Acoustic guitar and Nils Lofgren on piano.

After that it’s time for an acoustic slot with Neil performing “Old Man”, “Needle and the damage done” and a lovely version of “After the Goldrush”.Now it’s back to the “Trans” album, where they play two tracks “Transformer man” and “Sample and hold”, the first song of the two Neil and Nils do this weird sort of mime routine, which is strange, but worth watching. The set closes with “Hurricane” and Hey hey my my” with Neil breaking loose on lead guitar with wee Nils ducking and weaving ,his Kimono flowing!!!(It’s his shirt,but it looks like a Kimono).

Neil has a fine band backing him, and they are more subtle than “The Horse” Ralph Molina -drums Joe Lala -percussion Bruce Palmer (Buffalo Springfield)-Bass Nils-Guitar and dancing
and Ben Keith-Pedal steel, slide and keyboards.

The final song is a new one called “Berlin” and it’s excellent, we will probably never hear it on disc! They were heading back to the States after this gig and the song has a desperation about it.This track could be on the promised box-set coming soon!!!

In my opinion, this is worth buying, some people may not like the “Trans” stuff, but it was another brave move by Neil to try something different !

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