Neil Young Sugar Mountain – Live at Canterbury House 1968

Sugar Mountain – Live at Canterbury House is a live album by Neil Young recorded in November 1968 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

These are the first concerts Neil Young played after leaving Buffalo Springfield.

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Crosby Stills Nash & Young 4 Way Street 1970

4 Way Street is the first live album by Crosby Stills Nash & Young. It was recorded in June/July 1970.

Tensions were running high on this tour and these four individual singer songwriters went their own separate ways.

The album is notable for featuring many individual compositions rather than songs released on the Crosby Stills & Nash and Deja Vu albums.

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Neil Young Live At Massey Hall 1971

Live At Massey Hall 1971 is a live album by Neil Young that thirty six years to appear. It catches Young in January 1971 previewing many songs that would appear on later studio albums.

It includes two songs – Love in Mind and Journey Through the Past that appear on Time Fades Away.

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Neil Young Time Fades Away 1973

Time Fades Away is the first live album to be released by Neil Young. It was recorded in 1973 and he was backed by The Stray Gators.

While Neil Young has issued many live albums since including historic performances from his early days, Time Fades Away is not available for sale. This is because the entire tour has too many bad memories and he’s unhappy with the sound.

However the unavailability of Time Fades Away has given this live album legendary status and many fans are eager to hear the new songs performed on it.

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Neil Young Live Rust 1978

Live Rust is a live album by Neil Young recorded in 1978 and used in the film Rust Never Sleeps.

I get confused with how Live Rust fits in with the Rust Never Sleeps album which was also partially recorded live at San Francisco’s Cow’s Palace and later had the audience noise removed.

Live Rust starts with an acoustic set and climaxes with an all-out electric rave. That worked particularly well on a double LP where you could choose which version of Neil Young you wanted.

Controversially the album was squeezed on to a single CD by editing out about 90 seconds of guitar from Cortez The Killer. This horrifies purists but I don’t think it is noticeable when you listen to it.

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Neil Young Unplugged 1993

Neil Young Unplugged is an excellent live album contrast to loud, electric Weld album released two years earlier.

After the critical and commercial success of Weld, Young the notorious contrarian released the acoustic Harvest Moon, a follow-up to his biggest selling album, Harvest from 1972.

This album appeared quite late in the MTV Unplugged fad but Neil Young is a natural and it shows. This album confirms that it was such a shame that Young lost his way in the 1980s.

Neil Young Unplugged Overall Rating – 26/30

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What Are The Best Neil Young Live & Studio Albums?

This page has readers polls to find the best Neil Young live album and the best Neil Young studio album.

What is the best Neil Young live album?

The answer used to be easy… Live Rust. although some would say Time Fades Away.

The question got harder when Weld and Unplugged were released in the early 90s.

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse Weld 1991

Neil Young Weld was recorded in 1991 on the tour to promote the Ragged Glory album with Crazy Horse and it rocks hard.

If you’re a fan of hard rock and you’ve dismissed Neil Young as an acoustic folkie based on songs like After the Goldrush and Harvest Moon, you’re in for a big shock.

There’s nothing subtle or gentle in this album.

On the other hand, if you want Neil Young, the folk singer-songwriter playing live, then you’d better hurry along to Live At Massey Hall.

Neil Young Weld Overall Rating – 26/30

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