An electrifying rhythm guitarist, Whitten provided the perfect foundation for Young the axeman to fly off, exploring single-note tangents, explosive solos, and foot-stomping riffs -- ingredients he's flavored his music with ever since. The performances here are absolutely transcendent, with Whitten's country-soul harmonies giving Young's high-pitched whinny the bottom end it needed at the time. Some might balk at another live album from Young featuring "Cowgirl in the Sand" and "Down by the River," but a spiritedness propels this music; it's that burst of anxiousness an artist feels when he knows he's fulfilling his goals. And in the case of Neil Young & Crazy Horse in 1970, they accomplished what so few do: They explored uncharted territory.
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