Neil Young And Crazy Horse Fu##in’ Up Review: Young and co. breathe new life into past glories

Recorded live in 2023, Neil Young And Crazy Horse revisit and rechristen 1990’s Ragged Glory

Neil Young performs at the 2016 Beale Street Music Festival at Tom Lee Park on April 29th, 2016 in Memphis, Tennessee

by Andrew Perry |
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Neil Young With Crazy Horse

Fu##in’ Up



Those overwhelmed by Neil Young’s Archives onslaught lately may be considering sitting this one out: Fu##in’ Up presents latter-day Crazy Horse, with guitar foil Nils Lofgren, plus Promise Of The Real’s Micah Nelson (piano/guitar), performing 1990’s beloved Ragged Glory in sequence, bar closer Mother Earth (Natural Anthem), last November at Toronto’s 200-capacity Rivoli club.

In a move that some may deem wilfully misleading, the songs have been retitled using relevant lyric fragments, “allowing them to be here now”, and Young’s refusing to calling it a live album. Though 1991’s Weld definitively documents Ragged Glory-concurrent performances, there’s an undeniable zip to these ones. In January, Young revealed he’d been fighting arthritis in his hand, but that at Rivoli he’d “finally discovered a way around the pain”. Certainly, he bashes his strings with renewed vigour, if not always fluidly, and on 15-minute A Chance On Love (AKA Love And Only Love) summons a feedback tsunami worthy of 1991’s noise-only Arc.


City Life

Feels Like A Railroad

Heart Of Steel

Broken Circle

Valley Of Hearts

Farmer John

Walkin’ In My Place

To Follow One’s Own Dream

Chance On Love

Fu##in’ Up is out now on Reprise.

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Photo: Neil Young at the 2016 Beale Street Music Festival. Credit Alamy.

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