Monday, August 14, 2006

Neil Young - Heart of Gold (DVD, 2006)

This concert DVD was recorded in Nashville after Young recovered from a potentially dangerous brain aneurysm, and recorded the emotional semi-acoustic Prairie Wind album. The first half of this film features some brief comments from the participants (quite a large band akin to the Springsteen's Seeger Sessions group) and then they jump right into the music, playing the album in its entirety. The film, directed by Jonathan Demme (of Silence of the Lambs fame) looks great, with vivid color and multiple camera angles. The sound is fabulous as well, especially if you have your DVD player hooked up to your stereo. The second half of the concert is made up of favorites from the mellow side of the back Young catalog like "Old Man," "Harvest Moon," and "Four Strong Winds." He's joined by guests like Emmylou Harris (my goodness, is there a more beautiful nearly-60-year-old woman than Emmylou Harris?) The interviews and extras are a little on the skimpy side, but the main concert is so well presented and recorded that you won't miss it. Good stuff, definitely worth a rental.

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