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Neil Young’s Carnegie Hall run underway (nights 1 & 2 setlists and videos)

by Andrew Sacher

Neil Young @ Carnegie Hall (via Jeff Rusnak)
Neil Young

Some of the best moments of the night came when he resurrected material from the Buffalo Springfield catalog. “On the Way Home” was absolutely spellbinding, and he proved why “Flying on the Ground Is Wrong” is one of his most under-appreciated masterpieces when he played it on the upright piano. But the most radically rearranged song of the night was “Mr. Soul,” which he played on the pump organ.

Other highlights included a banjo rendition of the Tonight’s the Night gem “Mellow My Mind,” a rollicking “Are You Ready for the Country?” and a climactic “After the Gold Rush,” both on the standup piano. The only real complaint is that he played so many early Seventies classics that he neglected all other eras of his long career. Not a single note of music was played from the past 22 years, nor did he go near anything from 1978 to 1989. The late Sixties and the Seventies were obviously the period when he produced his best work, but there’s been a lot of amazing stuff since then, and it would have been nice to hear just a little more of it. [Rolling Stone]

The legendary Neil Young kicked off his four-night run at Carnegie Hall this past Monday (1/6), continued on Tuesday (1/7), and has remaining dates on Thursday (1/9) and Friday (1/10). According to Carnegie Hall’s website, there’s still possibly limited availability for those shows if you call the venue.

Though Neil spent the last year or so playing terrifically noisy Crazy Horse shows, these shows see him in solo mode with little more than his acoustic guitar and piano (much like his just-released 1970 live album, Live At The Cellar Door). For both shows (the setlists were basically the same), he played mostly off Harvest and other favorites from his early ’70s albums, plus a few from the late ’80s/early ’90s period, and some covers. I wasn’t there myself, but from the sounds of the videos taken at the show, the whole thing seemed pretty beautiful.

Check out some of those videos, along with setlists from both nights, below…

Neil Young – “Southern Man” at Carnegie Hall – 1/6/14

Neil Young – “Ohio” at Carnegie Hall – 1/6/14

Neil Young – “Someday” at Carnegie Hall – 1/6/14

Neil Young – “Love In Mind” at Carnegie Hall – 1/6/14

Neil Young – “Hank to Hendrix” at Carnegie Hall

Neil Young – “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” at Carnegie Hall

Neil Young – “Heart of Gold” at Carnegie Hall – 1/6/14

Neil Young at Carnegie Hall – 1/6/14 Setlist: (via)
Set 1:
From Hank to Hendrix
On the Way Home (Buffalo Springfield song)
Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Love in Mind
Mellow My Mind
Are You Ready for the Country
Someday
Changes (Phil Ochs cover)
Harvest
Old Man

Set 2:
Goin’ Back
A Man Needs a Maid
Ohio (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young song)
Southern Man
Mr. Soul (Buffalo Springfield song) (pump organ)
Needle of Death (Bert Jansch cover)
The Needle and the Damage Done
Harvest Moon
Flying on the Ground Is Wrong (Buffalo Springfield song) After the Gold Rush
Heart of Gold

Encore:
Comes a Time
Long May You Run (The Stills-Young Band song)

Neil Young at Carnegie Hall – 1/7/14 Setlist: (via)
Set 1:
From Hank to Hendrix
On the Way Home (Buffalo Springfield song)
Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Love in Mind
Mellow My Mind
Are You Ready for the Country
Someday
Changes (Phil Ochs cover)
Harvest
Old Man

Set 2:
Goin’ Back
A Man Needs a Maid
Ohio (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young song)
Southern Man
Mr. Soul (Buffalo Springfield song) (pump organ)
Needle of Death (Bert Jansch cover)
The Needle and the Damage Done
Harvest Moon
Flying on the Ground Is Wrong (Buffalo Springfield song) After the Gold Rush
Heart of Gold

Encore:
Comes a Time
Long May You Run (The Stills-Young Band song)

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