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Live Rust – Neil Young

Live Rust

(1979), 6.5/10
I’m apathetic towards Live Rust; it’s a strong live album, but it’s nothing revelatory. Young’s studio recordings are typically raw, so a lot of these songs aren’t noticeably different from their studio counterparts. Live Rust was recorded during the Rust Never Sleeps tour, famous for its oversized amps and for making the road crew dress as Jawas. A two record set fitting on one CD, like Rust Never Sleeps, Live Rust is divided into an acoustic and electric half, although Crazy Horse are the only backing musicians throughout. The opening pair of ‘Sugar Mountain’ and ‘I Am A Child’ aren’t a promising start, as two of the more sentimental and rambling pieces in Young’s catalogue. It’s nice to hear live versions of Young classics like ‘After The Goldrush’, ‘Cinnamon Girl’ and ‘Lotta Love’, but the only song that’s substantially altered is the bizarre reggae ending to ‘Cortez The Killer’. 1991’s Weld often gets singled out as a great live record, so that might be a better option than Live Rust if you have a hankering to hear Young live.

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