Neil Young, Hotel in South Kensington, London 1970

Fresh from Woodstock to London…CSNY came in for an eagerly awaited concert at the Royal Albert Hall. I went along to a small hotel by South Kensington Station where CSNY and Dallas Taylor were relaxing and doing selected interviews. Neil was sitting at a piano playing ‘Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere’ which was from his 2nd solo album. After a pause I told him that I really loved his first album but found the vocals too far back in the mix. What a cheek, but I had to tell him because I loved the album so much! He said that when he was in Buffalo Springfield they didn’t like his singing and that he felt a bit uncomfortable bringing up the vocals. The concert was fantastic!  The extended version of Neil’s song ‘Cowgirl in the Sand’ featuring Stills’ and Young’s dueling guitars was memorable.  Neil sang with full force and passion wailing away on his black Les Paul. Robert Plant and Jimmy Page were sitting in front of us taking notes. They were especially interested in the acoustic set which seems to have been inspirational for them.