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Sunday, September 07, 2008

Live on Sugar Mountain Release Source

There's been some speculation about what exactly the upcoming release of "Live On Sugar Mountain" will be based on. Scheduled for release on September 29, the next installment of the Archives Performance Series has been rumored to be 1969 The Riverboat shows or a variation of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion concert in Los Angeles on the last night of Neil Young's early-1971 solo tour.


After receiving a pretty good tip that the answer was laid out in Pete Long's indispensable Ghosts On The Road - Neil Young In Concert and some digging around, we've concluded that "Live On Sugar Mountain" is from the Canterbury House, Ann Arbor, Michigan concerts on November 9 & 10, 1968.

From Ghosts On The Road - Neil Young In Concert:
"Five of the six sets were recorded and the live version of Sugar Mountain that has appeared on the B-side of many of young's singles comes from November 10."

9th November 1968 - Canterbury House, Ann Arbor, Michigan

On The Way Home
The Old Laughing Lady
Mr Soul
Expecting To Fly
The Last Trip To Tulsa
The Loner
I Am A Child
I've Been Waiting For You
Broken Arrow
The Last Trip To Tulsa
Nowadays Clancy Can't Even sing
Out Of My Mind
I Am A Child
If I Could Have Her Tonight
Flying On The Ground Is Wrong

10th November 1968 - Canterbury House, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Mr Soul
Sugar Mountain
I Am A Child
I've Been Waiting For You
Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing
The Last Trip To Tulsa
The Loner
The Old Laughing Lady
Broken Arrow
Number One Song rap
I Am A Child

So that's our bet. We'll have to see what the exact setlist will be when the release information becomes available in a short while. That is assuming the release isn't postponed for Toast!


At 9/08/2008 01:58:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember my Dad and I driving Neil down to the Bali-Hi Inn in Windsor, Ontario right around the Ann Arbor gig. We had a nice visit and Neil did a great show. I recall that he recorded that one as well. Maybe it'll turn up some day.

BTW -- why the fuck do I have to sign up for a wretched Google account just to post here?

At 9/08/2008 02:03:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've always wondered - is the Expecting to Fly version performed on the piano, or did he just use a guitar for all of the songs?

At 9/08/2008 10:48:00 AM, Blogger Figgsrock2 said...

Sugar Mountain is indeed from Ann Arbor, but alas it is not coming out this year. That's the word I got directly from Neil's publicist two weeks ago when I was trying to confirm the Uncut story.

At 9/08/2008 11:45:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn, i really like the Sugar Mountain on Decade, so it would have been cool to hear more music from those shows. Hope Sugar Mountain live will be on Archives.

At 9/09/2008 04:05:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope to listen THIS performance...from 1968...but the Riverboat was the main rumour on internet about the next Neil PS series...I have to think that will be the 1969 gig because if you scroll the page of the archives you'll notice that in the middle of list you'll find the unreleased song "1956 Bubblegum" that he played only on those gigs at Riverboat...or Neil's staff is goin to release the 1968 performance as a PS1 and the Riverboat show on the Archives??? WOW!!!! Two different acoustic concerts of early times within a few months...what a shot!!!

At 9/09/2008 10:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This release just doesnt sound right.

The PS series are numbered in chronological order. Riverboat 69 vol 1, Fillmore 70 vol 2 and Massey Hall 71 Vol 3.... a 68 show doesnt seem to fit this timeline. Unless maybe it was found and mastered after this original order was put together

Having said that - the more releases the better in my opinion ..

At 9/10/2008 07:11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I scrolled through Billboard upcoming releases section, and there is no showing of a new Neil Young release of any kind for 29th september.

At 9/10/2008 07:19:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I scrolled through Billboard upcoming releases section, and there is no evidence of a Neil Young new release of any kind for september 29th, so I think that we are still discussing, as it often happens with Neil cds, about a cd that maybe will never come out (excpet in the Archives, for which everyone, inlcuding myself, is free of dreaming on about release dates and other kind of fantasies and illusions)

At 9/10/2008 11:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe we're getting Sugar Mountain and Clancy from the Canterbury House shows on the Archives....

At 10/06/2008 01:24:00 PM, Blogger Gr8fulTed said...

I saw Neil Young at La Cave in Cleveland, Ohio back in 1967 or early 1968: is there any history on the actual date who was playing with Neil? It was my first date in high school: if I could only remebr her name.

At 4/23/2009 05:49:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was hoping that this would be the LP from the bootleg: "Live on Sugar Mountain, 2/1/71". I have a vinyl copy that is in pretty decent shape, but am always looking for digital replacement. The bootleg above is the last show of his early '71 tour at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in L.A. The "recording" is a lo-fi done by an audience member.


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