16 Songs, 2 Hours 1 Minute

EDITORS’ NOTES

Weld (the companion album to the 1991 concert video) found Neil Young & Crazy Horse cranking up the volume on gargantuan guitar distortion to sound so blisteringly loud on the opening “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)” that, in hindsight, makes perfect sense as to why so many music journalists were then quick to crown Young as “The Godfather of Grunge.” Only five of these 16 songs were pulled from 1990’s Ragged Glory (the album they were touring), but third in the set is a Gulf War-themed take on Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ In the Wind” replete with an intro comprising recorded air-raid sirens, artillery fire, launching missiles and ground explosions while Young solos the song’s melody on his black Les Paul. His vocal delivery of the song is hoisted by some of his best-accompanied live harmonies to date. “Cinnamon Girl” sounds nearly identical to the 1969 recorded original, save for more muscle in the guitars and a heavier stomp on the kick-drum. The bookending “Roll Another Number” plays with more ramshackle discordance than the 1975 studio recording.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Weld (the companion album to the 1991 concert video) found Neil Young & Crazy Horse cranking up the volume on gargantuan guitar distortion to sound so blisteringly loud on the opening “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)” that, in hindsight, makes perfect sense as to why so many music journalists were then quick to crown Young as “The Godfather of Grunge.” Only five of these 16 songs were pulled from 1990’s Ragged Glory (the album they were touring), but third in the set is a Gulf War-themed take on Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ In the Wind” replete with an intro comprising recorded air-raid sirens, artillery fire, launching missiles and ground explosions while Young solos the song’s melody on his black Les Paul. His vocal delivery of the song is hoisted by some of his best-accompanied live harmonies to date. “Cinnamon Girl” sounds nearly identical to the 1969 recorded original, save for more muscle in the guitars and a heavier stomp on the kick-drum. The bookending “Roll Another Number” plays with more ramshackle discordance than the 1975 studio recording.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
40 Ratings
40 Ratings
tmprovosdb ,

Weld

Recorded during Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s tour in support of the Ragged Glory album, this two disc collection gives you a great sampling of Neil and the boys at their best. Yes, many numbers stay close to their original versions [Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black) and Cinnamon Girl] but there are also creative interpretations of Crime In The City and Bob Dylan’s Blowing in the Wind. Add to that exceptional versions of Like a Hurricane, Cortez the Killer and Powderfinger, and you have a set worthy of longtime fans and a decent sampler for the newbie. Nothing compares to Neil Young live, but if this is as close as you can get, that ain’t bad.

coolio21 ,

the beggining

neil young was the start of hard rock concerts. His music is as raw as it got back in the day. no wonder all the grunge bands of the 90's looked up to him. man

JHJNC89 ,

Godfather of Grunge

This is the most underrated/underappreciated live album of all time!!! Especially "side one" which is songs 1-8 (if you're familiar with the cd set.) Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black), Crime In The City and Cinnamon Girl never sounded better. This is for the people who think that Neil Young is only a an old folk singer from the early 70's.

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