Album Remarks & Appraisals:
"The band’s ability to seamlessly fuse a wide range of country— from barroom stomp to Texas swing—with Young’s characteristic strained crooning and a bit of his trademark gritty guitar comping, shows why Young’s instincts were dead-on as usual. Young had been a fine collaborator many times in his career up to that point and had drawn profusely from country music, so it’s no surprise that he and the International Harvesters were such a good fit. This material is as strong as Young fans will remember it being on those iconic television performances. The ’80s will forever be identified with Flock of Seagulls haircuts, DX7 keyboard sounds, and spandex rock, but there was also Neil Young, as usual, being his erratic self—collaborating and creating music that is indeed a treasure to revisit after a few decades." -PremierGuitar.com
"Yes, it’s a live album, but not “this is what he’s been doing recently.” If anything, this feels more like a vault release of a new band with familiar faces. Above all, you can feel the exuberance that comes from playing raw, unbridled live music, and there are few from that generation who excel at this better than Neil Young." -ConsequenceOfSound.com
Rolling Stone (p.93) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "'Amber Jean' is a lovely tribute to his newborn daughter, while 'Grey Riders' is a lost epic that suggest Crazy Horse with a twang infusion."
Personnel: Neil Young (vocals, guitar); Anthony Crawford (vocals, guitar, banjo); Ben Keith (vocals, pedal steel guitar); Rufus Thibodeaux (fiddle); Spooner Oldham (piano); Karl T. Kimmel (drums).
Audio Mixer: Tim Mulligan.
Director: Bernard Shakey.
Neil Young continues going through his archives with the release of A Treasure, a single-disc set of live tracks recorded during his 1984-1985 tour with the International Harvesters that features five previously unreleased Young songs mixed in with older classics like "Flying on the Ground Is Wrong" and "Are You Ready for the Country?," all done in the classic Harvest style.