Neil Young: Heart of Gold
February 10, 2006
On the Big Board
||An intimate, well-shot concert film that is more for Young fans than the general public. That said, even this fan doesn't love the new material...it's the classics that make this worthwhile.
Originally titled Prairie Wind, this documentary concert feature took place at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on August 18-19, 2005. Director Jonathan Demme reserved the location especially for the filming of the concert, which features songs from Neil Young's upcoming album - performed live for the very first time - along with performances by Emmylou Harris, Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns, the Fisk University Jubilee Singers and Carl Gorodetsky and the 12-piece Nashville String Machine.
The movie looks to be a true celebration of music as well as life. Young recently found himself diagnosed with a life-threatening brain aneurysm, but was fortunate to be able to have surgery to correct the situation. The classic rocker has a lot of fans behind him, and with distribution support from Paramount Classics, the film should be a good, niche release. (Kim Hollis/BOP)