Watch Five Epic Neil Young and Crazy Horse Jams

Neil Young and Crazy Horse perform at Madison Square Garden, September 1978. Photo: Richard E. Aaron/Redferns

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Whenever Neil Young gets around to kicking up some dust with his longtime pals Crazy Horse, who have been his partners in crime since 1968, there are always a couple of things you can count on: 1) It’s going to get loud, and 2) There will be jams. Ever since their first album together, 1969’s iconic Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Neil and the Horse have been into stretching their songs out, flailing away at their fretboards until their fingers bleed or they decide the song is over. And when they launch into one of their extended workouts onstage, things can get even more expansive. Their new album, Psychedelic Pill, finds them embracing that aspect of their artistry in no uncertain terms; three of its songs exceed 15 minutes, and the longest, album-opener “Driftin’ Back,” clocks in at a breezy 27:35. If hearing Neil and company let it all hang out old-school style on their latest album engenders a desire for additional, equally epic jams from their live archives, well we just happen to have scoped out a few of the finest for you.

1. “Cowgirl in the Sand,” Fillmore East 1970

Take a trip back to the beginning of Neil and Crazy Horse’s jamming journey. At almost 15 minutes, this early example of the band’s adventures in extemporization extends the studio version by nearly 50 percent. Maybe they were inspired by sharing the bill with Miles Davis that night.

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