Dave's Rating:


… incredibly moving …

Who's in It: Neil Young, Emmylou Harris

The Basics: Young and about 30 other musicians and singers perform an incredibly moving concert consisting mostly of his Prairie Wind album for an audience at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, the home of the Grand Ole Opry.

What's the Deal? Here's how uncool the music industry is — if an incredible artist like Neil Young, with his very strange, high-end warble of a voice, one that's pitch-challenged a good 25 percent of the time, stepped in front of Paula Abdul and sang "Straight Up" for her, he'd be sent packing. Good thing he got his foot in the door back in the '60s, when everyone was stoned all the time and didn't care about that sort of thing.

Pedigree Behind the Camera: It's from director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs, The Manchurian Candidate), who also made the classic '80s concert film Stop Making Sense with the Talking Heads.

Pedigree in Front of the Camera: Well, besides Young and Emmylou Harris, there's …

Ben Keith (pedal steel guitar); he performed on Patsy Cline's "I Fall to Pieces."
Spooner Oldham (organ); he performed on Percy Sledge's "When a Man Loves a Woman" (he's the guy playing the organ at the beginning) and Aretha Franklin's "I Never Loved a Man."
Wayne Jackson (trumpet); he performed on Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer."

"But This Is Music for Old People!": If that's what you've been thinking while reading this review, then there's no amount of convincing that will make you magically stop being dumb. Go listen to Good Charlotte instead.


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