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Harvesting archives (blu-ray edition),
This review is from: A Treasure [CD + Blu-ray] (Audio CD)This release by Neil Young and the International Harvesters features the 1984 live band playing some country music. Although taped during the Old Ways album tour, "A Treasure" only contains two songs from it: "Bound for glory" and "Get back to the country". There are 12 tracks, most of them had not been released before. Other known titles are "Are you ready for the country" originally from Harvest and two songs from Reactor: "Motor City" and "Southern Pacific". The latter is a very haunting performance with Rufus Thibodeaux's fiddle and Anthony Crawford's suiting backing vocals.
Like other reviewers mentioned, this album is pure country and might not appeal to the average Neil Young fan. However, if you don't get it, you'll be skipping the REAL treasure of this release, the very last song of the cd, GREY RIDERS. This song is an unreleased gem that could have been recorded by Crazy Horse. It's a great rocker with a splendid riff that only Neil can do on his Old Black. Classic Neil sound and soloing! Still not convinced? Listen to it on Youtube.
Neil says on the presentation video that blu-ray is better than dvd, which is better than cd, etc. and that's why they made a blu-ray. Just after that, he confesses that the source quality was not on par in the first place... Well, it surely isn't, not audio wise and most certainly not video wise. The only song that has an acceptable video quality is "Amber Jean" from the Nashville Now tv show. Most of the songs don't have a video and you only see the cover art of the album on the screen. Others have bootleg video quality. Sometimes the video has been sped up to fit the audio and players are whether different from the audio (bassist for instance) or play the wrong instrument (mandolin on video, banjo on audio). The image is quite "shakey" (pun intended) too. The blu-ray capacity hasn't been used to its full potential either. I believe there would have been room for the complete Nashville Now performance and interview and maybe the Austin City Limits show from this band. Maybe they have vanished from the internet at this time.
Nevertheless, I personally would have gotten the blu-ray anyway just to see Neil letting loose on Grey Riders and literally shaking his hat off.
In short, this disc is not for the casual Young fan, but will please fans of this particular incarnation with a bunch of "new" songs. The blu-ray edition is superfluous considering the price difference unless you are a hardcore follower.