Label: Vibrator Records - 160 • Format: Vinyl LP, Unofficial Release, White Label • Country: US • Genre: Rock, Blues, Pop, Folk, World, & Country • Style: Classic Rock, Country Rock, Folk Rock, Honky Tonk, Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll
Following the outstanding performances that proceeded it, this closing All-Star set from the Bay Area S. In some respects it certainly is, but the lack of rehearsal opportunity and technical problems prevent it from being the extraordinary performance Neil Young With The Band - S.N.A.C.K. had the potential to be. This is not to say that there's anything less than enjoyable about the set, but it's more of an example of great musicians getting together for the sheer fun of it than a demonstration of collaborative innovation.
The performances are loose and ragged, but definitely not without their charm. Sadly, the malfunction severely mars what was, in all likelihood, an extremely interesting and enjoyable performance.
Things pick up for "The Weight," which is also loose, but a song everyone in the ensemble knows relatively well. Although Robbie Robertson 's guitar is noticeably absent, Ben Keith does a more than respectable job filling in on pedal steel. The highlight of the set comes next, when the band plays together on Young's classic ballad "Helpless. As "Helpless" is Helpless/Knockin At The Dragons Door - Bob Dylan to a close, the group continues playing, and the song flows very naturally into Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" - an inspired pairing.
It's a unique version lyrically as well, as Dylan improvises lyrics and changes the chorus to "Knockin On The Dragon's Door," a change that's significance is open to speculation. The set and the show itself close with a rousing Time Time (Wonderland Mix) - Face The Bass - Time Time of the traditional "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" - an appropriate and poignant selection for such an amazing assemblage of musicians.
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