o dubhthaigh | north rustico, pei, canada | 03/06/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is Neil at the top of his game. The decade preceding this release saw Young put out all the strongest material that would carry his reputation for the next 25 years. Sure, he would return to form in the late 80's for another strong run, but this is where he and the Horse hit their stride. Crazy Horse is a one trick pony, but that trick is something else when they have it all together, and they have it all together all the way through this DVD.
The stage show is a bit silly in retrospect, the kind of grandstanding he must have done, tongue in cheek, but the music is undeniably powerful. In many cases, these are the definitive versions of these songs, and Young clearly revels in their glories. You'll not find a better version of "Cinnamon Girl" or "Powderfinger" anywhere, and the proof is how well these renditions in particular have stood up.
Of course, it would all go south almost immediately after this tour. Becoming a father to two severely handicapped sons, dealing with failed relationships and a new marraige and trying to keep his private life out of the public eye and out of the manipulating hands of David Geffen would result in some truly awful, often bewildering, constantly changing directions that would span the 80's. Not until the Bluenotes Cd and then FREEDOM would Neil find his groove and court passionately his muse again, but at least at this point, it is as though he is that kid on the dock in "Powderfinger" who is just about to see his face flash in the sky.
This is a landmark concert, well worth watching over and over again. The sound transfer is great."
running_man | Chesterfield Twp., MI | 02/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In 1978 Neil Young firmly put his foot down on the ongoing disco inferno and declared that "Rock and roll is here to stay". He added a trio of exclamation points in the form of three releases, the 'Rust Never Sleeps' LP, the 'Rust Never Sleeps' film, and the soundtrack LP to the film, "Live Rust".The 'Rust Never Sleeps' film was recorded at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, and stands as the high water mark in Young's storied career. By 1978, everything was in place to define Young as a rock and roll legend. It is a remarkable fact to consider that, despite the stunning songlist offered here, Young included no material from his collaborations with Crosby, Stills and Nash, nor any music from the 1976 Stills-Young Band LP. Only one song, 'I Am A Child', recorded with Buffalo Springfield, was chosen from outside Young's 'solo' works. That means no 'Helpless', 'Country Girl', 'Mr. Soul', or 'Long May You Run'. And Young could only skim the surface of his solo catalog in limiting himself to 18 songs (at 116 minutes this film consumes the entire video cassette), skipping such gems as 'Southern Man', 'Down By the River', and 'Cowgirl In the Sand', and hits such as 'Old Man' and 'Heart of Gold'. How many other artists could afford to leave so much classic material out of a two-hour concert?One should also consider the place 'Rust Never Sleeps' claims in the history of rock films. By 1978 there had really only been 4 great rock concert films: 'Monterey Pop', 'Woodstock', 'The Concert for Bangladesh' and 'The Last Waltz'. Ironically, Young missed opportunities to appear in the first two films, as David Crosby took his vacated role with Buffalo Springfield at the Monterey Pop Festival, and succumbed to camerafright on Yasgur's farm. Young has tried to remedy his self-imposed airbrush in New York, singing "I'm not going back to Woodstock for awhile" in his 'Roll Another Number' composition. But the real remedy lies in 'Rust Never Sleeps'. Unlike the 4 aforementioned films, 'RNS' never takes its eyes off Young and Crazy Horse to beef up the production with other celebrated performers. It's all Young, and such a film was never produced and released in theatres prior to it.The concert begins with a 6 song acoustic set, drawing a dramatic analogy between acoustic sound and childhood, and powered sound and maturity. The 6 songs chosen not only symbolize childhood, but revel in it. 'Sugar Mountain' and 'I Am A Child' are effecting exposes of what it is to be in the dawn of life, while 'Comes a Time', 'After the Goldrush', 'Thrasher', and 'My My Hey Hey' all explore life transitions. And Young's affinity for realism conveyed through imperfection is saluted when he flubs the lyrics for 'Thrasher'. Any other artist would have refused to sign off on the faux pas, but Young embraces it. Two other acoustic numbers, 'The Needle and the Damage Done', and 'Lotta Love' give some breathing room in an extended electric set.The remainder of the concert is an eclectic mix of hard rock chosen from Young's decade old catalog. The new ('Sedan Delivery', 'Powderfinger', 'Hey Hey My My' and 'Welfare Mothers') mixes seamlessly with the old ('The Loner' and 'Cinnamon Girl') and everything that came in between, such as 'Like a Hurricane', 'When You Dance I Can Really Love', 'Cortez the Killer' [featuring a contemporary seque into a reggae chorus], and the encore 'Tonight's the Night'. It's a treasure to behold, with bassist Billy Talbot constantly writhing to the incessant rhythm generated by himself and guitarist Frank Sampedro and drummer Ralph Molina, and Young ripping off one jagged lead solo after another. The often maligned Road Eyes add a fun diversion to the driving din, especially the joyous choreography inspired by 'Cinnamon Girl'.While legends such as Eric Clapton and John Lennon were droning along to 'Wonderful Tonight' or hanging up the guitar altogether, Young was just beginning to crank up the rock merriment. 'RNS' made the statement that rock music had not found it's demise, but had only established it's roots, and with subsequent releases such as 'Re-Ac-Tor' and 'Ragged Glory', Young would fulfill his prediction that "rock and roll can never die"."
Peter M. Naboicheck | FARMINGTON, CT United States | 11/09/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"From accoustic to electric, 1978 Neil Young all the way.With Dolby Digital 5.0 plus 2.0 AND DTS, this is and aways will be an amazing concert experience. "Like a Hurricane" can only be experienced by standing up.....wow---a rare treat done so well on DVD.....I missed my dinner by 2 hours planning to watch just a couple songs---beginning to end this is sheer pleasure."
One of the greatest live concerts on film...
Steven Randall | 03/16/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Neil Young and Crazy Horse are in top form in this film of the 1978 tour. From start to finish, Neil shows why he is one of the most vital singer/songwriter/musicians of our time. The music takes you up and down, but satisfies at every level. If you are a fan of real Rock & Roll, then this is a must-have video."
My first concert ever
Steven Randall | LA, USA | 12/31/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The first concert I ever saw was this tour at the forum in LA. I was 14 and it changed my life forever. From that point on I knew what I was going to do. GO SEE MORE NEIL YOUNG CONCERTS! To have the first concert you ever seen made in to a movie is worth the 5 stars I am giving. Nevermind that the music is pure punk brillance with out the misguided angst that most punk rockers possess. You'll never hear guitars this grungy again. EVER! Neils guitar is like an atomic bomb. There is no sound bigger."