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  • Summary: The latest archive release from the Canadian rock artist is the live recording from November 13, 1990 at a bar in Santa Cruz, California, where they played some songs from 1990's Ragged Glory for the first time live.
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  1. Uncut
    Feb 26, 2021
    90
    It features a stellar setlist built around tracks from that album, liberally peppered with Horse classics and deep cuts. In all this, the Horse prove themselves dependably elastic. [Apr 2021, p.49]
  2. Feb 25, 2021
    90
    This isn’t just a Greatest Hits set, oh no, throughout Young and Crazy Horse throw out hidden gems and deep cuts. ... Again, though, we return to the question “If Neil had this and ‘Homegrown’ in the vault, what else is there?”
  3. Feb 25, 2021
    90
    This one-night-only piece marks a point where creativity transcends commerce, further preserving what’s unarguably one of the pinnacles in Neil Young’s artistic history.
  4. Feb 26, 2021
    80
    It's clear from listening to and watching Way Down in the Rust Bucket that this was a truly special occasion that now lives on, in this remarkable new document of Crazy Horse in all its (ragged) glory.
  5. Mar 30, 2021
    80
    Aside from a few unusual performances, Way Down In The Rust Bucket might tell us anything we didn't know, but it provides plenty of excellent music from the right band at the right time.
  6. Mar 1, 2021
    80
    Way Down in the Rust Bucket isn't one of the more revelatory items to emerge from Neil Young's archives since he began major excavation in the mid-2000s. However, for those who consider the joyous stomp of Neil Young & Crazy Horse rock & roll comfort food at its best, this is a feast to savor, a long and rollicking celebration of the pleasures of turning up the amps and inviting in the spirit.
  7. Feb 25, 2021
    70
    As on Weld, Way Down in the Rust Bucket showcases a reconvened band that sounds newly motivated after increasingly sluggish and creaky shows in the Eighties. They’re not yet the smooth-galloping machine they would become on the full-blown tour, though. What we’re hearing is the musicians feeling their way.

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  1. Mar 19, 2021
    10
    Shows the power of Neil & The Horse in all their Ragged Glory. Very early stages in the lives of the Ragged Glory songs but you can tell thatShows the power of Neil & The Horse in all their Ragged Glory. Very early stages in the lives of the Ragged Glory songs but you can tell that the band is having a great time playing these for the first time, plus a few earlier gems (particular good to hear the Re-Act-or songs played live. Essential purchase for any Neil fan! Expand