Live at Massey Hall 1971
The album debuted on the Billboard 200 album chart on 31 March 2007 at number 6, with 57,000 copies sold. It spent 11 weeks on the chart. In 2009, the album was named by Fretbase as the second best album featuring a singer-songwriter on acoustic guitar of all time.
The CD release is paired with a DVD featuring footage from a performance at the Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, Connecticut.
Though the set of songs featured that night was similar to other concerts during the tour, the bulk of the songs played would have been unfamiliar to the audience. Of the eighteen songs Young performed during his second set that night, only eight had already appeared on record. These include songs that Young recorded with the bands Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, or had released on one of his three solo albums to date.
Five additional songs performed would appear one year later on the landmark album Harvest (though there are noticeable differences in the lyrics on "A Man Needs a Maid"). One song, "Bad Fog of Loneliness," makes its first appearance with this release. The remaining four songs would see the light of day on subsequent 1970s albums. "Love in Mind" and "Journey Through the Past" would appear on the 1973 live album Time Fades Away, which has yet to appear on CD. "See the Sky About to Rain" was released in a different arrangement on the 1974 album On the Beach. "Dance Dance Dance" would appear on Crazy Horse's February 1971 debut album, and rewritten with new lyrics on the 1977 compilation album Decade as "Love Is a Rose." The reworked version later became a hit for Linda Ronstadt.
Many of the songs appear in a form that virtually duplicates live takes found on other albums. "Cowgirl in the Sand," "Don't Let It Bring You Down," and "Down By the River" are unchanged from the versions that appear on 4 Way Street. "Journey Through the Past" and "Love In Mind" are similar to the performances found on Time Fades Away (to date not released on CD). "The Needle and the Damage Done" appeared in a live cut on the otherwise studio album Harvest.
All songs written by Neil Young.
"On the Way Home" – 3:42
"Tell Me Why" – 2:29
"Old Man" – 4:57
"Journey Through the Past" – 4:15
"Helpless" – 4:16
"Love in Mind" – 2:47
"A Man Needs a Maid/Heart of Gold Suite" – 6:39
"Cowgirl in the Sand" – 3:45
"Don't Let It Bring You Down" – 2:46
"There's a World" – 3:33
"Bad Fog of Loneliness" – 3:27
"The Needle and the Damage Done" – 3:55
"Ohio" – 3:40
"See the Sky About to Rain" – 4:05
"Down by the River" – 4:08
"Dance Dance Dance" – 5:48
"I Am a Child" – 3:19
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