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Re-issue of the year: Neil Young

Live at Massey Hall (Reprise)

By Nigel Gould

There is a freshness and gusto to Patty Griffin's songs that belie the singer's forty- something years.


He may be one of rock's most enduring icons - a master craftsman who has stayed fresh without compromising his musical values, but in terms of musical perfection, Neil Young probably reached his nadir between 1970 and 1973.



And lest we should forget, since that time the 60-year-old Young-ster has been responsible for some of the finest moments in rock music, making a career out of confounding expectations and staying one step ahead of predictability.



If you remain unconvinced then you should grab a copy of 'Live At Massey Hall' - my re-issue album of the year.



Among the superb 17 tracks, recorded on stage in Toronto in 1971, are a number of defining moments from the Canadian's illustrious career.



These include Down By The River, Ohio and the awesome Helpless.

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