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  • Summary: The incomplete archival live recording featuring 11 tracks of the February 1973 concert of Neil Young with the Stray Gators at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
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  1. Jun 7, 2019
    90
    The 11 songs that are here feel like a full journey through the potpourri of his classic styles. ... Great deep tracks, like their more famous singers, can’t be denied … so here’s to keeping the dump coming.
  2. Jun 7, 2019
    80
    Tuscaloosa showcases Young’s full range, which makes it a rare glimpse of a now-iconic performer at a moment when he was working to find a balance between satisfying himself and pleasing his audience.
  3. Jun 7, 2019
    80
    Tuscaloosa presents Neil and his band in a warmer mood, sometimes downbeat but far less confrontational, and the vibe here is generally positive.
  4. Uncut
    Jun 7, 2019
    80
    Tuscaloosa is an incredibly valuable document of Neil Young in 1973, battling his demons in front of thousands and delivering some of his most deeply felt music. [Jul 2019, p.42]
  5. Jul 26, 2019
    80
    Tuscaloosa exposes Young's multiple, bizarre—if not comically fascinating—personalities, dipping into deep cuts while still catering to his pop-friendly roots.
  6. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jun 26, 2019
    70
    It's hardly essential, but not without charm. [Summer 2019, p.87]
  7. Mojo
    Jun 7, 2019
    60
    The incomplete tape of his concert. ... Some of the best moments on the 11 surviving songs from this University of Tuscaloosa show with Jack Nitzsche, Ben Keith, Tim Drummond and Kenny Buttrey are the mellow, almost hymn-like After The Goldrush and the edgy Alabama. [Jul 2019, p.107]

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