Neil Young, ‘Live at the Cellar Door’


Aidin Vaziri | Having just released his third solo album, “After the Gold Rush,” a 25-year-old Neil Young settled into Washington, D.C.’s, cozy Cellar Door nightclub for a six-night stand in late 1970: just the singer, his guitar and the occasional piano. This album pulls together the highlights from that run, which includes the first live performances of the songs “Old Man” and “Bad Fog of Loneliness,” as well as a rare solo run through “Cinnamon Girl” with Young at the keys. While none of the versions here is definitive by any measure, they provide a remarkably intimate look at the future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee at the height of his powers, delivering fresh takes on soon-to-be classics such as “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” and Buffalo Springfield’s “Expecting to Fly.”