Neil Young

Old Man's Fancy

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse went on the road in the U.S. in November 1976, and this double-disc bootleg chronicles their 16-song set at the Los Angeles Forum on November 4. It's a spirited performance before Young's adopted hometown crowd, which he urges on to better its already enthusiastic response. Though the bootleg comes from a lo-fi audience tape, the excitement is still apparent. Typically, Young peppers his set with songs he has not yet recorded. "Like a Hurricane" would turn up in seven months on American Stars 'n Bars, but it's already a crowd-pleaser. "Campaigner," which leads off the nine-song acoustic set, would appear on Decade in a year. "Human Highway" and "Lotte Love" would be on Comes a Time a couple of years hence. "Pocahontas" would be on Rust Never Sleeps in 1979, "Too Far Gone" would have to wait for another decade and Freedom, and "Country Home" wouldn't be out legitimately until 1990's Ragged Glory. That's seven new songs out of 16, with the rest including such favorites as "After the Gold Rush," "Sugar Mountain," "Down by the River," "Cinnamon Girl," and "Cortez the Killer." All in all, an excellent set, especially when it was released. Filling out the second disc are Young's guest appearances on "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" with Firefall and on "Like a Rolling Stone" with Spirit at Spirit's August 28, 1976, reunion show, notorious for Spirit guitarist Randy California's attempt to kick Young off-stage.