Neil Young

Young Man's Fancy

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Young Man's Fancy was drawn from an audience tape made at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles on the last night of Neil Young's early-1971 solo tour. Young was at a pivotal point in his career, having released his commercial breakthrough After the Gold Rush five months earlier; his 15-song set included acoustic versions of such familiar songs as "I Am a Child," "Cowgirl in the Sand," "Ohio," and "Don't Let It Bring You Down." But he was already looking forward, having written a clutch of introspective, confessional songs, most of which would appear on his next album, Harvest, and they made up more than half of the set list; "Journey Through the Past" and "Love in Mind" wouldn't turn up on record until the release of Time Fades Away more than two and a half years later, and "See the Sky About to Rain" wouldn't be released until On the Beach in July 1974. Beyond the remarkable set list, Young, performing alone, had a warm interaction with the highly appreciative audience, explaining the selections in an intimate, funny manner. [A single-disc version of this show, containing ten of the 15 tracks, is available on the bootleg Live on Sugar Mountain.]