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Sugar Mountain: Live At Canterbury House 1968

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December 11, 2008

For many years "Sugar Mountain" was a coveted non-LP B side — a Neil Young ballad about childhood's end written before he was out of his teens and taped during this solo engagement shortly before the release of his first solo LP. The song was a rare flick of retrospect. Young charges forward here, playing half of the imminent Neil Young in pristine, tremulous-vocal form and reclaiming six of his Buffalo Springfield songs, including "Expecting to Fly," majestically scored for 1967's Buffalo Springfield Again yet as powerful here without a stitch of strings.

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