Singer/songwriter, guitarist, and filmmaker.
AKA: Bernard Shaky, Joe Yankee, Phil Perspective, Clyde Coil, Shaky, and Shaky Deal.
Mr. Young is a multi-talented, multi-faceted, versatile, ever changing, ever evolving, innovative, and provocative, artist and musician. As a human being and a man, he consists of many layers. His achievements are many, and his endurance is certainly commendable. As he once said, He is lucky just to have made it through the turbulence of the revolutionary 1960's and 1970's. He managed to do just that, and he has landed on solid ground. So many of his fellow musicians and friends were lost, to drugs and so much great music, that should have been created, never was.
Due to drugs, in particular, Heroin. It is just too sad to think about. Neil young has never let the adversities that he has faced in his lifetime hold him back, or slow him down.
Live At Massy Hall is an awesome, trip down memory lane and a rare experience of Neil Young’s raw talent.
The show, from January 19, 1971, contains a set list that has been widely bootlegged over the years
A collection of 17 songs recorded at a solo concert but never before released.
“I’m gonna sing mostly new songs tonight “I’ve written so many new ones that I can’t think of anything else to do with them other than sing ‘em.” Says the 26 year old singer/songwriter, in his opening line.
Every song in this collection is a catapulting transportation in time, if you are old enough to remember the era, sorry to say, like me. Not sorry for the era just sorry for how old that makes me. Songs like “Tell Me Why,” “Down By the River,” “Ohio,” and “The Needle and the Damage Done”—a eulogy for Crazy Horse band mate Danny Whitten. A heroin casualty, felt very deeply by Neil Young.—
When one thinks of Neil Young many things come to mind, and when I say many, I mean many. Sincerely folks, this man is in every stretch of the term, an over achiever. His creativity abounds. When I think of Neil Young, I think of, "Blue blue windows, behind the stars. Yellow moon on the rise." We all know the musician, the songwriter, and the political activist for human rights, and environmental issues. We remember the "Four Dead in Ohio" and Woodstock, and we have imagined what that "Cinnamon Girl" looks like;
When we look at the body of work that Mr. Young has amassed in the years since this performance, and his many achievements in the last 30 years, we can see the raw talent through this latest release.
For those of you who may not be aware of Neil Young’s many Achievements, here are a few.
Young was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1982.
He was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: first in 1995 for his solo work, with an induction speech given by Eddie Vedder, and again in 1997 as a member of Buffalo Springfield.
One of the founders of Farm Aid, he remains on their board of directors.
For one weekend each October, in Mountain View, Ca, he and his wife host The Bridge School Concerts,
The concerts are a benefit for the Bridge School, which develops and uses advanced technologies to aid in the instruction of children with disabilities. Young's involvement stems at least partially from the fact that both of his sons have cerebral palsy and his daughter, like Young himself, has epilepsy.
Young owns Vapor Records. .
Since 1995 he has been part owner of Lionel LLC, a company that makes toy trains and railroads.
Young has twice received honorary doctorates. First in 1992, an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Lake head University in ThunderBay, Ontario, and secondly in 2006, an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from San Francisco State University. The latter honor was shared with his wife Pegi for their creation of the Bridge School.
In a "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" list in the June 1996 issue of Mojo Magazine, Young was ranked number 9.
In 2004, Rolling tone Magazine ranked Neil Young #34 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time
In a "Greatest Living Songwriters" list in 2006 by Paste Magazine Young was ranked number 2 behind Bob Dylan.
Perhaps the Greatest achievement Neil has made is that of a Father. He has been a Loving and kind, Father, under extraordinary circumstances.
Discography Live at Massey Hall
All songs written by Neil Young.
1) "On the Way Home" – 3:42
2) "Tell Me Why" – 2:29
3) "Old Man" – 4:57
4) "Journey Through the Past" – 4:15
5) "Helpless" 4:16
6) "Love In Mind" – 2:47
7) "A Man Needs a Maid / Heart of Gold Suite" – 6:39
8) "Cowgirl In The Sand" – 3:45
9) "Don‘t Let It Bring You Down" – 2:46
10) "There's a World" – 3:33
11) "Bad Fog of Loneliness" – 3:27
12) "The Needle And The Damage Done" – 3:55
13) "Ohio" – 3:40
14) "See the Sky About to Rain" – 4:05
15) "Down By The River" – 4:08
16) "Dance Dance Dance" – 5:48
17) "I Am a Child" – 3:19
Neil Young - vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica