Damn… Tom Jones not only does justice among our 1969 Hippie Elite’s music here, he sings the living shit out of Long Time Gone.
David Crosby actually looks on with amazement here while watching Tom wail but really don’t know why, Jones himself was on fire during this period. In fact all looked a little surprised as if they really hadn’t expected the performance Jones gave.
Have to admit when Janis appeared on his show and remember him doing a song with her and the band, it just didn’t seem to fit. But with CSN&Y on the contrary he just became a part of the group very comfortably.
The cream of the crop of all music here.
Almost Cut My Hair…Hell No. Still am that same long-haired hippie chick. Just almost a 56 year-old one now. Who cares. This song and Deja Vu takes me back to a place where frankly I still want to be….But then we’ve all been there before.
Recorded at The Fillmore East – New York – June 2–June 7 1970
The Chicago Auditorium – Chicago – July 5, 1970
The Forum – Los Angeles – June 26–June 28, 1970.
Released April 7, 1971
1971 Billboard 200 Pop Albums #1
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young wrote the soundtrack to my adolescence, the compositions are prolific and timeless examples of the 1960s.
Nam, Ideals, Heartbreak, Protests, Change, Innocence, Revolt, Disappointments and Carrying On.
Written By Neil Young
Album: Live at the Fillmore East recorded March 6-7, 1970.
Neil Young – guitar, vocals
Danny Whitten – guitar, vocals
Jack Nitzsche – electric piano
Billy Talbot – bass
Ralph Molina – drums, backing vocals
This was the first live release and last tour that featured Danny Whitten who died in 1972. The tour which included a stop in N.Y. for the Fillmore performances was to support their May 14, 1969 release of Young’s second album, ” Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere ” and was the first album being backed by Crazy Horse.
Although Whitten wrote songs, played and contributed on more of Young’s albums and recorded one album with Crazy Horse in 1971.
Addicted to heroin during the recording of 1970 album ” After The Gold Rush ” Young dismissed the whole band before the album was finished and in 1972 ultimately it was Billy Talbot and Ralph Molina who fired Whitten from Crazy Horse.
“The Needle and the Damage Done” was actually Young’s expression for Whitten’s destruction of talent caused by his drug use. In Oct. of 1972 Young contacted Whitten for the final time wanting him for rhythm guitar for the upcoming tour behind Young’s “Harvest” album but was so drugged out of it he couldn’t even cut it during rehearsals. Young fired him on Nov. 18th, gave him a plane ticket and $50 dollars to get him back to L.A.
Later that night Danny Whitten O’D on Valiums and Vodka. Another sad ending to such a talented individual.
“Down By The River” was just one of many standards that to today Young still plays at his concerts. As far as I’m concerned everything he wrote and every performance he played on, at or with whom is a standard.
In reality Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young wrote the soundtrack of my adolescence. They never wrote or performed a bad song between the four of them.
Written by Neil Young
Released in 1975 off the Zuma Album
Neil Young: guitar & vocals
Frank Sampedro: rhythm guitar
Billy Talbot: bass & vocals
Ralph Molina: drums & vocals
Performance on video is from Live At Rock In Rio, January 20, 2001, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.