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  • Summary: Released as part of the Archive series of rare recordings of concerts from the early days of his career, this album includes songs recorded from a gig in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on November 9-10, just before the release of his debut solo album.
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  1. 100
    Sugar Mountain is a fascinating snapshot of Neil Young at a transitory moment in his long career, for which it also provides an indelible template.
  2. It's a marvelously intimate performance, unguarded and open-hearted, unique in its delicate touch: it's Neil Young before the myth crystallized, and listening to it anew, it's easy to fall in love with him all over again.
  3. The accompanying DVD offers only a higher fidelity version of the audio performance, but Sugar Mountain remains a magical and rare portrait of a budding genius.
  4. The quality of the recording and performances makes for a brilliant soundtrack.
  5. The tracklist ebbs and flows between tunes unknown to the audience, Buffalo Springfield material and songs from his teenage years (the tremulous lament for youth, Sugar Mountain), and strikes a consistently plaintive note. It's this banter with the audience, however, that leavens proceedings.
  6. Much of the time, though, those "raps" meander--a good fifth of Sugar Mountain's 70-minute run time is devoted to them, and their replay value is limited. Which is too bad--the performances are excellent.
  7. However appealing Sugar Mountain may be to some, the storytelling alone will prove too much for others. [Jan 2009, p.127]

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  1. Jan 2, 2012
    10
    This album gives you the feeling you're actually there and getting to know the performer like no other live album I've ever heard. Plus the music has got to be the most beautiful and honest of his or almost anyone else's career. Truly a young genius at the height of his early years! Collapse