Neil Young Journeys
Neil Young and Jonathan Demme both hit benchmark levels of brilliance in the documentary Neil Young Journeys. In fact, Demme has recently made two other musical journeys with Young: Neil Young Trunk Show (2009) and Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006). Their newest collaboration concentrates on new material mixed with a handful of classic Young tunes, all performed solo at Massey Hall in Toronto.
In between songs we cruise around with Young in his tricked-out classic 56 Ford Crown Victoria while he recollects growing up in Canada. There’s plenty of wit and wisdom to hear Young tell it, along with a few bits of too much information. Young relating how he destroyed a frog in his youth is balanced by his drive-by of a school named after his father Scott Young.
Classics include “Ohio,” “Down By the River,” “My My, Hey Hey,” “After the Gold Rush,” “I Believe in You,” as well as a solo version of “Helpless” heard over the closing credits.
Instrumentation includes Young on acoustic guitar as well as at the piano and a church organ. Young brings out his vintage Gretsch hollow body and Les Paul from time to time.
— Michael Bergeron