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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Chris Cornell on Touring with Neil Young in 1993

Sadly, Chris Cornell, formerly with the band Soundgarden, passed away earlier this week.

Here is an interview with Chris Cornell discussing Soundgarden touring with Neil Young in 1993. From Rockline, original airdate on 04/24/94.

Also, Chris Cornell covered Neil Young's "Don't Let It Bring You Down" on 1/29/10 at The Troubadour in L.A.

More on Neil Young covers.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

NEW ALBUM: Neil Young's "Hitchhiker" Due 14 July 2017

Neil Young | Hitchhiker
Album Cover by Gary Burden |
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Neil Young's newest album "Hitchhiker" is due for release on 14 July 2017 according to a listing on Diverse Vinyl. (Thanks spook_the_horse!)

Last month, we posted an intriguing image by Gary Burden | of what appeared to be a cover for the unreleased album Neil Young | Hitchhiker.

Gary Burden is Neil Young's long time art director and cover graphic artist. Also, credited is Jenice Heo, who is responsible for Art Direction, Design.

Hitchhiker includes solo, acoustic songs recorded in 1976 at the Indigo Ranch Studios in Malibu, California. Writing in "Special Deluxe", Neil Young's -- second memoir -- he comments on Hitchhiker:

"I spent the night there with David and recorded nine solo acoustic songs, completing a tape I called Hitchhiker.

It was a complete piece, although I was pretty stony on it, and you can hear it in my performances. Dean Stockwell, my friend and a great actor who I later worked on Human Highway as a co-director, was with us that night, sitting in the room with me as I laid down all the songs in a row, pausing only for weed, beer, or coke. Briggs was in the control room, mixing live on his favorite console.
The song "Hitchhiker" was released on Neil Young's 2010 album Le Noise.

After posting album art last month, a spirited discussion ensued here on TW on possible track listing. Lone Red Rider suggested:

Ride My Llama
Captain Kennedy
Hold Back The Tears
Too Far Gone
Will to Love

Blogger Lone Red Rider added:
I was mainly leaning on Shakey and The Visual Documentary as my sources for what was recorded at Indigo or recorded in that rough timeframe. If there is anything I question in the "LRR tracklist", it is Stringman and Will To Love. Both of those basic tracks (at least the versions in circulation) were NOT recorded at Indigo. The overdubs from Will To Love were recorded at Indigo. The Stringman we have heard was recorded live and then overdubbed with guitar and BG vocals. So those may not be a part of Hitchhiker. It would be very cool if there were a song on those tapes which we have never heard before!

The version of Stringman in circulation (with overdubs) seems like the basic track was from the last night at ODEON. I'm guessing that we would get this one on Odeon-Budokan or/and as a standalone track with the overdubs.

Blogger Scotsman said:
Here's a live acoustic version of Hitchhiker from 1992 that perhaps hints at what the mid-seventies version will sound like: [above]

Notice how naked Neil is here; no sound-effects or bombastic performance to hide the essence of the song behind, to make it safer and slicker and more palatable. Just sparse acoustic guitar and vocals, occasional chilling bursts of harmonica. And the spirit of Neil Young; alone and vulnerable. Building in intensity to a thrilling and open-ended climax. The essence of the song is captured perfectly. It's haunting, isn't it?

That's what he is capable of. That's why we are all here.

Listening to this song, this 1992 performance, you can fully relate to why he has held this song back (in it's non-watered-down form) for so long. It must be like seeing your own ghost. At the same time, of course, we are all willing him on. Because that is what great art is about, and it doesn't come easy.
Earlier, Scotsman wrote:
This should be a very exciting record. It's also a record where we don't really know what to expect, beyond a broad synopsis. So it is intriguing; one to eagerly anticipate.

Neil recorded acoustic songs extensively with David Briggs during the mid-seventies (with several songs being rationed out onto the next few studio albums) and it will be very interesting to see and hear which songs (and how many) are included on this compilation. It's likely there will be some surprises. Little of this material has found it's way onto bootlegs.

Neil commented in recent years that the reason Hitchhiker went unreleased for so long is that it was not "finished". Unfortunately, he decided it was necessary to "finish it" (off) in 2010 by tacking on two bland new verses and burying the song on an album that constituted the most mediocre of his career.

So this Archives release should offer a better alternative. At the opposite end of the scale.

Instead of artless songwriting dressed up in gimmicky sound effects, this record will showcase the finest of Neil's songwriting captured in a more sparse and natural production. And until then, the live 1992 versions of Hitchhiker are fine, not "unfinished" at all, capturing much of the spook and mystery that was drained off of the overblown Le Noise version.

This mid-seventies period sees Neil as a man who had worked his way into a songwriting peak, fully in the zone, magical songs coming to him as naturally as tying your shoelaces. You have to work hard to achieve that level of mastery, and you need the right people around you, too. That's not to put other periods down at all, but this record should amply showcase the heights of Neil's seventies songwriting, where he could barely put a foot wrong, artistically.

I suspect too that Neil has very fond memories of this period, and will enjoy sharing them with us.

I'm really looking forward to this one.
Let the speculation continue!

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Monday, May 22, 2017

1971 Film of Neil Young Recording "A Man Needs A Maid" with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Here is some rare film footage of Neil Young in 1971 recording the album Harvest with the London Symphony Orchestra.

In this clip, Neil Young rehearses "A Man Needs A Maid" on piano while Producer Jack Nitzche records the session. An edited version of this clip appears in the Archives Volume #1 is our best recollection.

Or maybe this is a transfer from The Archives? This clip is 11:26 and we need to go check our Blu-Ray to compare lengths.

Here's what Neil Young wrote in the Decade liner notes about "A Man Needs A Maid":
"I recorded this with the London Symphony Orchestra. Some people thought this arrangement was overdone but Bob Dylan told me it was one of his favorites. I listened closer to Bob. Robin Hood loved a maid long before women's liberation."
For more on "A Man Needs A Maid", see Who did Neil write the song "A Man Needs A Maid" about? and Why Does A Man Need A Maid?

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Comment of the Moment: "On the Beach is the greatest album I've ever heard"

"On The Beach" Ad with Neil Young Facing Camera

Over the years, we here at Thrasher's Wheat have been involved in more than a few little miracles (see here, here, here, here, here, here and here for actual TW miracles randomly selected).

And it is these serendipitous synchroncities with our dearly loved blog readers which powers us ahead, day after day, week after week, year after year, and decade after decade.

Which brings us to our latest TW Comment of the Moment on Charles Bradley Covers Neil Young's "Heart of Gold" | The Strombo Show which will power us along through the weekend and our lifetimes ahead:
Hey Thrasher,

I appreciate it's a bit of a struggle during the sabbatical so maybe some of us out here need to help.

I've visited this site pretty regular for many years and contribute very occasionally but I appreciate the work you do and the information and dialogue on here.

So to the point. A friend suggested I could re-engage with music if I tried listening to new acts and then I might find I could feed in some of my favourites. He was correct. So I've been listening to lots of work in the last few months - you name them - all the greats - I've re-visited them.

A week ago I got to On the Beach and I realised it's the greatest album I've ever heard.

I was raving about it to my wife and she threw it out there. If you have to delete all Neil Young albums and keep only one then which one? Well for me it's On the Beach. Then she asked about individual songs. We broke that down into acoustic/piano/electric and I chose Tell me Why, Love in Mind and Hurricane (early versions).

So throw it out there. Ask the same questions of the TW community - let's get a dialogue going.

Hope this is helpful. Keep up the good work.
NOTE: This comment was removed by original poster and has been re-edited for sensitivity. Please excuse this as a jumping point for discussion.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Charles Bradley Covers Neil Young's "Heart of Gold" | The Strombo Show

Neil Young's "Heart of Gold" is covered by Charles Bradley on (go directly @ 23:27)

The Strombo Show presents Charles Bradley in an exclusive home session from the home of George Stroumboulopoulos to celebrate his album, Changes.

00:46 You Think I Don’t Know (But I Know)
06:24 Changes (Black Sabbath Cover)
12:28 Ain't It A Sin
16:41 Nobody But You
23:27 Heart of Gold (Neil Young Cover)

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