Neil Young Live at Massey Hall 1971 Reprise Neil Young dips into his back catalogue for the second in his Archive series and, like the first, he's picked a concert that marked a turning point in his career. But whereas Live at the Fillmore East gave us Young as a full-blown rocker, with Crazy Horse by his side, this concert at Toronto's Massey Hall finds him alone on stage, supported by his guitar, piano, and lilting, aching voice. It's a stunning example of a man at the top of his game. Little wonder then that the audience responds with such unbridled enthusiasm, as Young charts a course through the likes of On the Way Home, Old Man and Helpless - they were watching and listening to history being made. The recording was one of the most sought-after bootlegs throughout the 70s. Stripped to their bare bones, the likes of Man Needs a Maid (coupled here with Heart of Gold), Ohio and Down by the River are revealed as richly honest and powerful. Fans will also be delighted to hear Young chatting between tracks, giving the background to The Needle and the Damage Done and others. There are moments of pure beauty and even an airing of Young's lighter side on Dance Dance Dance. The CD comes with a note saying that Young will release his first full volume of these archive's (1963-1972) later in the year. You might want to wait for the whole package, but you'll be missing out while you do. Live at Massey Hall is simply astonishing.