Documentary about Neil Young’s new album “Colorado” screening in Denver this week |

Documentary about Neil Young’s new album “Colorado” screening in Denver this week

Matt Sebastian, Denver Post
Neil Young with Crazy Horse, as photographed near Telluride while the band recorded the album “Colorado” in the winter of 2019. From left, Billy Talbot, Neil Young, Nils Lofgren and Ralph Molina. (Photo by Daryl Hannah, courtesy Warner Bros. Records)

Fans eager to dig into the new album Neil Young made with his ragged backing band Crazy Horse at a studio outside of Telluride earlier this year can get their first substantial taste of those recordings at select Denver-area movie theaters on Tuesday night.

“Mountaintop,” an 86-minute freeform documentary chronicling those studio sessions, is screening at cinemas nationwide — including at least three in metro Denver — for one night only on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

The film’s public premiere comes just days before the Friday, Oct. 25 release of “Colorado,” Young’s first new studio album in two years and his first with Crazy Horse since 2012’s “Psychedelic Pill.” The 10-song album was recorded last winter at Studio in the Clouds near Telluride.

The documentary — directed by Young under his nom de film Bernard Shakey — offers a rough and often-profane behind-the-scenes look at the recording of “Colorado” at the high-altitude studio. Young has billed the film as an “extremely unfiltered look” at his creative process, and it’s certainly that, spotlighting the artistic tension that arises as the 73-year-old rocker tries to capture the sound he’s looking for — and at the ear-splitting volume he craves.

The new album finds Young reuniting with Crazy Horse rhythm section Billy Talbot and Ralph Molina, along with guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Nils Lofgren, the E-Street Band member who has returned to the fold after last playing in Crazy Horse in the 1970s. To date, only two of the new songs off “Colorado” — “Milky Way” and “Rainbow of Colors” — have been released.

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