Stampede (CD) by Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Stampede (CD)

The end of the 60s was an interesting time for Neil Young, his debut solo album hadn t ripped up any trees, reviews had been mixed and it failed to chart, any impact made by Young was vanishingly small in comparison to his associates Crosby, Stills & Nash, whose eponymous debut had been the defining sound of 1969. Looking back on a multi-platinum, multi award-winning, iconic career that spans nearly half a century, it s easy to forget that, at the end of the 60s, it was far from certain that Neil Young would make a success.

The initial breakthrough came in the summer of 1969 with Everybody Knows This is Nowhere , Young s first studio album with Crazy Horse. Recorded in just two weeks and released in May, the album received praise from critics and fell easily into the Billboard top forty, going gold in short order. The lively garage rock that Crazy Horse brought to Young s sound was a complete renunciation of the more polished textures of his debut (an aesthetic that Young had been dissatisfied with at the time) and was the kind of unexpected, bold, provocative statement that ultimately came to characterize Young s entire career.

Just a month following the release of Everybody Knows This is Nowhere , however, Young abandoned new recording sessions with Crazy Horse to join CSN.

This performance captures Neil Young & Crazy Horse on the 28th of March 1970, just two weeks after the release of CSN&Y s Déjà Vu . Perhaps it s suggestive of where Young s heart was, perhaps not, but at the time when all the hype and heat was around a supergroup and their new record, rather than sliding into a cheering arena alongside Crosby, Stills and Nash, Neil Young was back in L.A, rocking the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium alongside Crazy Horse. Broadcast on the radio by KUSC-FM, the band run through the best of Young s material to that point in a raucous set that provides a fascinating look back at the moment when Neil Young s star was very much in the ascendant.

1. On the Way Home
2. I Am a Child
3. Everybody s Alone
4. I Believe in You
5. Birds
6. Nowadays, Clancy Can t Even Sing
7. Down by the River
8. Wonderin
9. Band Intros
10. Baby, Let s Go Downtown
11. Tuning Break
12. Cinnamon Girl
13. Cowgirl in the Sand
14. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
15. Winterlong