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A Neil Young album released in 1973 as the follow up to his hugely popular Harvest. Much darker in character, it followed the death of guitarist and friend Danny Whitten and was the first of his so called Doom Trilogy which included the albums Tonight’s The Night and On The Beach. It was only ever released on vinyl and has never been reissued on CD. I managed to find a bootleg download on the web. What can I say? An amazing album consisting entirely of live recordings featuring that classic 70’s NY sound of rock fused with country vocal harmonies and an amazing back up band. The album features eight songs most of which are full band numbers but two solo affairs, Journey Through The Past and Love In Mind. The album finishes with the epic “doom rocker” Last Dance where the song builds up until the whole band sing in unison “No, No, No” over and over, the vocalised despair of Modern Life profoundly expressed before Young launches into another wall of sound guitar solo. An essential addition to any NY fan’s collection. 5/5.

Here’s a taster below – Don’t Be Denied 


A new Italian film which interweaves several stories of people involved in the organised crime world of Naples, known as the Camorra. Following in the footsteps of several other recent European films it uses a documentary style of film-making with strong use of handheld cameras, a realistic soundboard and absence of added music. The film builds in intensity slowly, following the lives of several youths in the slums of Naples, a struggling Tailor and a young man working for a Toxic Waste Disposal company. Ultimately all of the characters will be affected by the crime ring, and we see how the corruption, drugs and gun running lead to the break down of society. A timely film reflecting the state of New Europe. 4/5.