After years of speculation and anticipation, Neil Young has finally released the first artifact from his legendary archives. The six track album is culled from the March 6th & 7th, 1970 performances at Bill Graham’s famed Fillmore East. While the material itself is fantastic it does beg the question of why a complete show was not chosen in it’s stead. For example, where are tunes from Neil Young’s acoustic sets that often opened these Crazyhorse shows?

The collection is Crazyhorse at its Danny Whitten era peak with Young and Whitten trading licks and leads; their chops impeccable. Those in the know have collected live shows from this tour on the bootleg circuit for years as the material is both classic and the playing truly inspired. The above album length grievances aside — for eleven dollars — this excellent, clean recording is well worth your dime. Check out the extended version of “Cowgirl In the Sand” below for a taste.

**Also: If you have yet to see it, watch the video below of CSNY destroy “Down By The River” — Neil is on fire.

MP3: Neil Young :: Cowgirl In The Sand

Video: Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young :: Down By The River
Amazon: Neil Young – Live at the Fillmore East

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