Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 90
    As a close-quarters portrait of a singer-songwriter at a relatively early stage of his ascension to true greatness, it's hard to beat. [Feb 2014, p.97]
  2. Dec 30, 2013
    90
    The songs just sounded great, and were played with such precision, at these shows.
  3. Dec 10, 2013
    90
    Live At The Cellar Door is a treasure chest that holds the glowing embers of a brilliant, already burgeoning career.
  4. 90
    Stripped of vocal harmonies and electric guitars, the unadorned, raw songs feel unguarded and painstakingly earnest. The sound quality is impeccable on every single track, and Young’s voice has never been more emotionally charged.
  5. Dec 10, 2013
    87
    Although cobbled from six different shows, Live at the Cellar Door sounds like a cohesive entity. The recordings have been remastered with such love; each string on Young’s acoustic rings with clarity and weight, and each crack in his voice stings with resonance. And yet, a distant haze pervades the record that could convince listeners that this is an actual bootleg on wax.
  6. Jan 30, 2014
    80
    Playing it, you're reminded anew of the restlessness and emotional range at the heart of Young's art. [Feb 2014, p.64]
  7. Jan 28, 2014
    80
    Live At The Cellar Door is the sound of a man enjoying his self-imposed set of limitations. [Feb 2014, p.121]
  8. Dec 18, 2013
    80
    He sounds shyer and less relaxed at the onset than on the 1968 archive At Canterbury House. [Jan 2014, p.112]
  9. Dec 16, 2013
    80
    Live At The Cellar door could have been a consolidation of the year’s achievements for Neil, instead it’s proof that he couldn’t stay still.
  10. Dec 10, 2013
    80
    This handsome solo acoustic set overlaps a few songs with earlier entries in Neil Young's official bootleg series. But there's no shortage of standouts.
  11. 80
    Live at the Cellar Door--the latest rough diamond from his archives is from a booking in Washington, and it has the coiled tension of its time.
  12. 80
    There are beautiful moments.
  13. Dec 6, 2013
    80
    There are many sterling moments to escape from Young's vault--but none seem quite as unguarded as the best ones here. [Jan 2014, p.84]
  14. Dec 5, 2013
    80
    The stillness and intimacy of each live recording is singularly enthralling.
  15. Dec 5, 2013
    80
    The intimacy and raw beauty of Live at the Cellar Door makes it not just a must for super fans, but a valuable companion piece to any of Young's early studio output.
  16. Dec 11, 2013
    77
    Even if it holds the most value for the Neil obsessives interested in the small differences, Live at Cellar Door provides another glimpse at a darkly formative time in his long career.
  17. 75
    Although more than half of the songs on Cellar Door also appear on Massey Hall, there are plenty of fresh-sounding goodies here for the casual listener, let alone the Young buff.
  18. Jan 6, 2014
    70
    A beautiful and intimate set that stands in fascinating contrast to Massey Hall.
  19. 60
    Live At The Cellar Door sounds like Neil Young with his head down playing to an exceedingly polite crowd.... But the real gems here are the pared down Everybody Knows tracks.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Dec 27, 2013
    9
    Recorded at the crescent peak of his 1970's career, "Live at the Cellar Door" exemplifies what Neil Young became famous for and still is.Recorded at the crescent peak of his 1970's career, "Live at the Cellar Door" exemplifies what Neil Young became famous for and still is. Bleakly beautiful folk rock that will leave you introspective yet satisfied. Fantastic sound quality, even among the sparsest of arrangements, this is a true testament to the legacy of Neil Young's fantastic career. Full Review »