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  • Summary: The latest release from the singer-songwriter's Archives Performance Series is the 1971 live concert from Stratford, Connecticut's Shakespeare Theatre. A deluxe edition includes a DVD of the concert that was originally filmed on 16mm film.
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  1. Classic Rock Magazine
    Apr 1, 2021
    90
    It's an astonishing set. [May 2021, p.84]
  2. Mar 29, 2021
    90
    ‘Young Shakespeare’ is a fascinating artifact. Before ‘Sugar Mountain’ he says he’s 25 years old. Imaging being 25 and knowing you have another album, pretty much, ready to go and teasing audiences with snippets from it? It really does boggle the mind. The album is another flawless release which sees Young digging through his live recordings and releasing albums of interest.
  3. 80
    Some of what emerges from this flood of archival activity is essential (unreleased 1974 album Homegrown, released June 2020), some of it is must-hear for even medium-level fans (Rust Bucket) and some is for die-hard fanatics only (Return to Greendale, a live rendition of 2003's tune-dodging rock opera that came out in November 2020). Young Shakespeare belongs firmly in the richly rewarding middle category.
  4. Mojo
    Mar 31, 2021
    80
    The warmth of the recording and the excellence of the singer and the songs, this is up there with Massey Hall - just five songs shorter. [May 2021, p.96]
  5. Mar 29, 2021
    80
    No songs go on too very long here. As a result, the inclusion of improvisational warhorses such as “Cowgirl In The Sand” and “Down By The River” is all the more surprising. But both those culls from 1969’s Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere benefit from the solitary nature of their stark renditions, as does, to an even greater degree, “Helpless,” Neil’s contribution to Deja Vu.
  6. Mar 29, 2021
    70
    This is more modest than monumental, and that small scale is appealing in its own right.