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NEIL YOUNG Unplugged (Reprise) The news that scruffy acoustic maverick Neil Young has ”unplugged” borders on anticlimactic. But while many of these songs sound like earlier versions, there are thrilling exceptions: ”Helpless” takes on a gospel longing, and ”Mr. Soul,” stripped of Young’s adolescent snarl, becomes a despondent dirge with just a chilling hint of menace. B -Anne Hurley

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