A Treasure: Are You Ready To Get Back To The International Harvesters?
International Harvesters Tour, Costa Mesa, CA - 10/24/84
Photo by Robert Matheu
There's been a lot excitement over the recent news of the new Neil Young album A Treasure coming June 14. (Go here for release details and track info and to watch the hilarious preview video with Neil in all of his ragged glory.
The International Harvesters era -- which ran from roughly ~1984 - 1985 -- produced some wonderful country twang moments in Neil Young's career. The band consisted of 2 band lineups:
International Harvesters Band #1
Karl T. Himmel
International Harvesters Band #2
Hargus Pig Robbins
Karl T. Himmel
Neil Young & The International Harvesters
From a Funhouse album review of Old Ways by Steve Peck:
The International Harvesters were a swinging band that added a lot to the quality of Old Ways, and this is Neil's most realized country effort to date. One enjoyable aspect of the album is his use of Waylon Jennings for vocal harmonies. Waylon and Neil's voices blend well together, and Jennings is one of the best harmonizers around. Willie Nelson shows up to duet on "Are There Any More Real Cowboys?," adding further to the record's country credentials. This period of Neil's career is even more significant if you look past the Old Ways album, and take into account the subsequent International Harvesters tour, with its performances of several exceptional, unreleased songs, "Interstate" and "Grey Riders."
YouTube - Neil Young w/ International Harvesters & Nicolette Larson - "Homegrown" at Farm Aid II
Some more International Harvesters video:
YouTube - NEIL YOUNG SOUTHERN PACIFIC 8/17/85 - 1985-08-17, Canadian National Exhibition Grandstand, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
YouTube - Neil Young & Waylon Jennings 1984 - Neil Young & Waylon Jennings Sept 20 1984 'Nashville Now' TV show Are You Ready For the Country?
YouTube - Neil Young - Nashville Now tv show pt 1 - Neil Young on the tv show Nashville Now on Sept 20 1984. Part 1 includes intro, Field of Opportunity and the first part of the interview.
YouTube - Neil Young - Nashville Now tv show pt 3 - Neil Young on the tv show Nashville Now on Sept 20 1984. Part 3 - Amber Jean, band intro's and the closing moments of the show."