Neil Young published a second Fireside Sessions concert on his official Archives website. Like the first edition last week, it was recorded at Telluride, Colorado, the home he shares with his wife, actress Daryl Hannah. And like the first show, it is full of rarities from its vast catalog.
The show begins outside in the show with Ian and Sylvia classic “Four Strong Winds”, which Young first covered on his LP Comes a Time 1978. He then steps inside to play the ballad After the Gold Rush “Birds” on the piano before going to the bathroom to wash your hands. “Our godfather, my friends,” he says. “Water and soap. That’s it, a soap opera. “
The action then moves to the fireplace where it explodes the 1974 title track on the beach. He played it with Promise of the Real at a show in Belgium last summer, but it’s the first solo acoustic performance since 2003 and only the fourth time since 1975. It’s devastating interpretation where words like “The world turns / I hope it doesn’t turn away” have never felt so appropriate.
After demonstrating how he made a homemade harmonica holder, he performed the 1974 studio “Homefires” and then the Harvest “Words” cut. It’s probably the first time he’s done the epic song without a band. He ends the evening with “Love and Only Love” by Ragged Glory, another he has never done in solo acoustics.
Young was originally scheduled to tour Crazy Horse this spring, but the coronavirus derailed these plans. Like many of his peers, he uses this time to play for his fans via the Internet. He said the fireside sessions will be an ongoing series.