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MP3: Neil Young – Noise And Flowers

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The first Neil Young live show I saw was ‘Rust Never Sleeps’. I saw it at a time when I knew who the Canadian was but didn’t really know his music that well. What drew me in first was the set’s backdrop. Massive amps filled the stage and made Neil Young – and Crazy Horse – look like ants. Then there were the Jawa looking guitar techs and stagehands, who ushered Young on and off the stage. It was a cool, but odd touch.

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The music was boss, too. Listening to the CD version of the show was great, but those visual cues were gone. When I heard that Neil Young, alongside Promise of the Real, was releasing a new live album/DVD I was excited and hopeful that those same feelings would surface.

The film / show / DVD / concert / whatever you want to call it, starts with some guitar feedback, reminiscent of the ‘Dead Man’ score, while this scrolls over a still of Neil Young walking past a big smiling picture on the side of this amp of Elliot Roberts:

“In 2019, just two weeks after the passing of my life-time friend Elliot Roberts, my manager for over 50 years, Promise Of The Real and I made a wonderous tour through Europe playing in his memory… One of the most special tours ever. We hit the road and took his great spirit with us into every song. This music belongs to no one. It’s in the air. Every note was played for music’s great friend Elliot.”

Then ‘Noise And Flowers’ appears on the screen. Over this we can hear the cheering crowd. This fades to a black and white longshot of the audience with the stage in the distance. Then Young and Promise Of The Real come out and do what they do best: play songs that people care about and want to hear. They open with a blistering version of the Buffalo Springfield classic ‘Mr. Soul’. At first you think it’s a cover of The Rolling Stones ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’.

I know ‘Mr. Soul’ was based on the Stones’ 1965 hit, but I can’t remember having heard a lairy version of it. Lukas Nelson and Corey McCormick are into it, pogoing around the stage. ‘Mr. Soul’ ends with this poignant, feedback drenched, outro. It adds something special to the song, and performance, and feels like Young is remembering first meeting Elliot Roberts 50 years ago.

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