Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Odeon Budokan

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Neil Young's archives are deep and full of hidden corners. On top of a staggeringly storied and influential discography of official studio albums, Young's wealth of unreleased live recordings, shelved albums, and scattered miscellaneous recordings includes everything from random curiosities to some of his most powerful performances. Odeon Budokan stands out somewhat from even the stronger entries in Young's Official Bootleg Series, capturing two distinctive sides of his appeal in peak form. Both halves of Odeon Budokan were recorded during a tour in March of 1976. The first five songs find Young performing solo on acoustic guitar and piano at a date at London's Hammersmith Odeon, interspersing bigger hits with less expected cuts. The album begins with "The Old Laughing Lady," a beautifully moody tune from Young's self-titled 1968 debut. Crowd-pleasing selections like "Old Man" and "After the Goldrush" are broken up by "Too Far Gone" and "Stringman," both songs that were in the process of being recorded for the long-abandoned Chrome Dreams album that wouldn't be officially released for years to come. Young maintains a hushed, restrained delivery despite a roaring crowd that keeps shouting out requests between songs. The second half of Odeon Budokan comes from a show at Tokyo's Nippon Budokan Hall two weeks earlier and is a different beast altogether. With full-band backing from Crazy Horse, Young turns in especially passionate readings of Zuma songs like "Drive Back" and "Don't Cry No Tears," along with a shambling but electrified take on "Cowgirl in the Sand." "Lotta Love" is mellow in its bittersweetness, and the album closes with a loose, nearly drunken sounding "Cortez the Killer." More so than some of the other bootleg-like releases from Young's archival expeditions, Odeon Budokan exemplifies how the mid-'70s was a time when he was operating at full force in several directions at once. As both a writer of gentle, humanity-affirming songs and as the leader of a reckless rock band, Odeon Budokan finds Young at the top of his game.

A1 The Old Laughing Lady
A2 After the Gold Rush
A3 Too Far Gone
A4 Old Man
A5 Stringman
B1 Don't Cry No Tears
B2 Cowgirl in the Sand
B3 Lotta Love
B4 Drive Back
B5 Cortez the Killer