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Lynn Carrington's First Impressions
A Michael Winterlong Raney Review
(more reviews coming)
The show details.
A Houston Chronicle Review.
I don't know if it was Neil's rockin' Cinnamon Girl, or his long and savory Down By The River, but it all made me feel like I would just have a complete and total breakdown. No words exist to describe the intensity of that pure joy....
At one point in the CSNY Houston show, Neil joked that Crosby had not talked much and that usually he had already talked quite a bit by this point in the show. Crosby then good naturedly replied that Texas intimidated him and he said it maybe it had something to do with Huntsville (a maximum security prison). Neil responded by acting like he was in a jail cell and holding the bars. They talked about how you could see the trains and rail yard from prison.
Then someone said something about handcuffs, and Nash (I think) said there was a time when Crosby liked handcuffs.
The boys really surprised me. They seemed to be genuinely having a good time and enjoying being together on stage. A lot of the harmonizing was really very good. Stills voice is gone, shot. He sounded like the gravel voiced guy from BTO.
Crosby was great. Almost Cut My Hair and Guinnevere were very good. I really enjoyed After The Goldrush with pump organ and Nash and Crobsy on backing vocals. Out of Control, Ohio, Cinnamon Girl, DBTR, and RITFW were blistering and the highlights for me. It seemed like one of the biggest crowd-pleasers, though, was Our House.
I was a little disappointed with the set list. I thought with the time off since the last show, maybe they would get some new songs in.
I enjoyed the new songs much more live, than I do on the new record. However, I still think Out of Control is much better solo, with just piano and harmonica.
They are not what they once were, but who is. Taken in context, they were once a great band and now they are still much better than most of what passes for music these days.
Long May You Run was poignant and the perfect encore.
(More reviews coming soon... --RE*AC*TOR)