Review: 'We had drugs, we had booze' is what perhaps receives the biggest ovation on this live album taken from a 1976 Neil Young American tour. The 22-track album includes live recitals of all-time classics "Heart Of Gold", "After The Gold Rush" and "The Needle & The Damage Done", but sadly, no "Rockin' In The Free World" this time round. Neil Young devotees will also be pleased to learn of "No One Seems To Know", a number that has not appeared on any other official release. Just like a live concert too, the most entertaining parts of this album are usually heard between the songs, with Young joking that this could last as long as George Burns' cigar.
Review: Some fifty years into a career in which he's managed to confound expectation at every turn, Neil Young continues both to keep his fans guessing whilst offering something uniquely primal. Whilst on the one hand, an acoustic album of covers might appear to be a step into crowd-pleasing compromise, especially when they include material by the like of Dylan, Springsteen and Gordon Lightfoot, and a duet with Jack White. Yet given this is Neil Young, this material is transformed by means of primitive recording techniques and world-weary pathos into a thing of spectral charm and eerie, small-hours potency. Another gem from an eternal iconoclast.
Review: Following the indignant and charged agenda of 2016's 'Peace Trail', Neil Young has changed tack in releasing this fascinating collection of unheard material. As opposed to his usual polemical protest, 'Hitchhiker' provides refreshing and necessary solace from the increasingly insane zeitgeist. Recorded over one night in 1976 with Young's then-producer David Briggs, this previously unreleased set is thoroughly engaging through its purity and presence. The closeness with which the two worked together is audible through Briggs' intimate production, and this rediscovered gem serves to prove Young's continuing relevance and could provide an engaging introduction to a new generation of fans.