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  • Artist(s): Neil Young, Jeff Blackburn, Bob Mosley, John Craviotto
  • Summary: The latest Original Bootleg Series release from Neil Young features 25 live tracks from concerts he did in the summer of 1977 with The Ducks, which included Jeff Blackburn, Johnny Craviotto, and Bob Mosley.

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  1. Apr 18, 2023
    Neil Young is having a bit too much fun to sustain anything genuinely intense over the course of these nearly two-hours on stage and in rehearsal with his cohorts. Still, it’s hard not to become caught up in the joy of it all before it’s over, because songs like “I Am A Dreamer” are infectious by their very lack of affectation. Both of these two-CD ‘Official Bootlegs,’ each in its own way, reaffirms that the seeming vagaries of Neil Young’s career are not random anomalies, but rather a pattern of purposeful behavior.
  2. Apr 18, 2023
    It's a shame the Ducks didn't have the chance to mature and cut a studio album, because they clearly had talent and potential to spare, but there's no shame in being a truly great bar band, and High Flyin' shows the Ducks were something special for just three bucks.
  3. Mojo
    Apr 18, 2023
    High Flyin' is a highlight of the bootleg series so far. [Jun 2023, p.105]
  4. Uncut
    Apr 18, 2023
    High Flyin' is like a snapshot from a long-ago holiday romance. Sweet, sometimes spine-tingling to recall. But you maybe won't linger over it too often. [Jun 2023, p.48]
  5. 60
    High Flyin’ offers an interesting insight into one of Young’s many outside ventures and a good representation of a brief chapter in his ever-changing trajectory that hasn’t been shared to any great extent before. On the other hand, it doesn’t represent any dramatic change in his template, as the replay of his aforementioned classics confirms so convincingly.
  6. Classic Rock Magazine
    May 3, 2023
    High Flyin' is fine, a romp, a moment captured in time. ... It remains more a curiosity than a necessity, though. [Jun 2023, p.82]
  7. May 25, 2023
    Here he’s just one of the gang, trading songs and in-jokes with singer-songwriter Jeff Blackburn, Moby Grape bassist Bob Mosley and drummer Johnny Craviotto, his wiry lead guitar slicing through the good-ole-boys’ country-rock.