Neil Young: Heart of Gold
|Neil Young: Heart of Gold|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jonathan Demme|
|Produced by||Ilona Herzberg|
|Written by||Jace Anderson
|Music by||Neil Young
|Edited by||Andy Keir|
|Distributed by||Paramount Classics (USA)
United International Pictures (worldwide)
|Running time||103 minutes|
Neil Young: Heart of Gold is a 2006 documentary and concert film by Jonathan Demme, featuring Neil Young. The film was made in the summer of 2005 in Nashville, Tennessee, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and was released to theaters on February 10, 2006. The film documents Young's premiere of his songs from his album Prairie Wind at the Ryman Auditorium.
The film opens with interviews with Young and most of his band, which includes Emmylou Harris, Young's wife Pegi Young, steel guitarist Ben Keith, and keyboardist Spooner Oldham. They and the other band members describe the concert and the making of Prairie Wind. The recording of the album and the filming of the concert occurred just before and after Young's surgery to correct a cerebral aneurysm, and just a few months after the death of Young's father Scott Young.
The first half of the concert consists entirely of songs from Prairie Wind, and the second half consists of acoustic songs from throughout Young's career. Young describes the inspiration behind several of his songs.
Songs in the film
The performance captured in Neil Young: Heart of Gold was filmed over two nights on August 18 and 19 2005 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. In order to increase the length of the concert film, director Jonathan Demme asked Neil Young to supplement the songs from Prairie Wind with an encore set of older songs. Young agreed and selected songs that he had previously recorded in Nashville. The two sets are set apart by a costume change for the musicians and a different backdrop on the stage.
All songs are written by Young, except where otherwise noted.
Prairie Wind set
- "The Painter"
- "No Wonder" – featuring Neil Young's longtime friend Grant Boatwright playing "Old Black", the only use of electric guitar in the concert.
- "Falling Off the Face of the Earth"
- "Far From Home" – Young introduces the song by telling a story about his father giving him an Arthur Godfrey ukelele when he was about seven years old and working on a chicken farm.
- "It's a Dream"
- "Prairie Wind"
- "Here for You"
- "This Old Guitar" – duet with Emmylou Harris; Young notes that he is playing a guitar (a Martin D-28) once owned by Hank Williams.
- "When God Made Me" – features Young playing piano, backed by the Fisk University Jubilee Singers and Spooner Oldham on organ.
- "I Am a Child"
- "Harvest Moon"
- "Heart of Gold"
- "Old Man"
- "The Needle and the Damage Done"
- "Old King" – features Young on six-string banjo, accompanied by Emmylou Harris on rhythm guitar and harmony vocals.
- "Comes a Time" – dedicated to Nicolette Larson who sang on Young's Comes a Time album; features the backing singers and crew lined up across the front of the stage playing acoustic guitars.
- "Four Strong Winds" – written by Ian Tyson.
- "One of These Days"
- "The Old Laughing Lady" – over the closing credits; Young on solo acoustic guitar, alone on stage in a chair, playing to an empty auditorium.
DVD special features
- "He was the King" – A bonus song from Prairie Wind, not included in the film.
- "Needle and the Damage Done" – 1971 performance from The Johnny Cash Show.
- Grant Boatwright – harmony vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar (Old Black)
- Larry Cragg – guitar technician, 12-string guitar, six-string banjo
- Anthony Crawford – acoustic guitar, harmony vocals
- Chad Cromwell – drums, percussion
- Diana DeWitt – harmony vocals, acoustic guitar, autoharp
- Clinton Gregory – fiddle, backing vocals
- Emmylou Harris – harmony vocals, rhythm guitar
- Karl T. Himmel – drums, percussion
- Ben Keith – pedal steel guitar, lap steel guitar, dobro, vibraphone
- The Memphis Horns:
- Spooner Oldham – Hammond B3 organ, piano, vibraphone
- Gary W. Pigg – harmony vocals, acoustic guitar
- Rick Rosas – bass guitar
- Neil Young – vocals, acoustic guitar, six-string banjo, piano
- Pegi Young – harmony vocals, acoustic guitar
- Fisk University Jubilee Singers
- Nashville String Machine
- Official website
- Metacritic Review
- Musicbox-Online Review
- Rotten Tomatoes review
- Slant Magazine Film Review by Keith Uhlich
- Neil Young: Heart of Gold at the Internet Movie Database
- Neil Young: Heart of Gold at AllMovie