Rob Brunner
March 09, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Live at Massey Hall

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Reprise Records
genre
Rock

We gave it an B

Just Neil Young on acoustic guitar and piano, ambling through tame versions of 17 (mostly) familiar songs during a 1971 solo concert. Some tracks on Live at Massey Hall benefit from the simplicity of the setting: ”A Man Needs a Maid,” for one, comes to life without all of the studio version’s orchestral gloop. But much here is merely workmanlike — sometimes even a little flat. And ”Down by the River” without guitar solos? Why bother?

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