Comment of the Moment: Caught You Knockin' At My Cellar Door Release
Yesterday, we brought you the news of the upcoming release of Neil Young "Live at the Cellar Door" on December 10th .
Oddly -- or maybe not -- this new release of old material from the Archives Performance Series did not sit well with some.
For some, any new or old Neil is better than no Neil at all.
Which brings us to the Comment of the Moment by the ever interpid and prolific Anonymous:
As an elected representative of Neil's fans in their mid-20s (we all think completely alike), I must say this release does little to excite me. In fact, my gut instinct is to ILLEGALLY download this, seeing as I saved up for the blu-ray archives specifically for extra planned downloads such as this.OK, fine. We respect your opinion. And we could sing a Rolling Stones song about not getting what you want, but what you need.
Normally, I would never even think of doing that. But it shows a lack of respect for the fans in my opinion to promise so much and deliver so little, and that naturally makes me reluctant to part with any more money. "Once bitten, twice shy" is the expression, I think. I don't feel bad about saying all this, because I know many others feel the same.
Personally, I would LOVE to hear the Bluenotes live album, the 76 Crazy horse tour, the Eldorado tour, an OPL show (if any were taped). I would also love to see Weld and RNS on blu-ray. And a 1993 Booker T show! ...And the film of The Dublin show in 1995 with Pearl jam!
And on and on....!
Unfortunately these releases are so unbelievably slow by modern standards that by the time even half of those are released, Neil will be 90 years old (a.k.a dead), and so will most of the fans. There will be nobody left to listen. So learn something from the modern artists who are thriving right now, Neil, and speed things up a bit!
But we'll let some other folks respond. Like SD who said:
Can you name some of the modern artists who are releasing their back catalogues of unreleased albums and live performances and Archives at such a rapid rate?And of course, folks always bring up what Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, etc are doing with their legacy material.
Can you provide some examples to substantiate your argument?
Neil Young fans have been extremely fortunate in the wealth of material, much of it in incredible quality, over the years that has been released. To think otherwise because you didn't get something you wanted is ridiculous. Very few artists have released this volume of material over their careers.
Sure, it would be terrific to have everything available now -- Oceanside/Countryside, Homegrown, Carnegie Hall, Dorothy Chandler, Toast, etc. But that doesn't seem to be The Shakey Roadmap does it?
So what exactly is the Archives Performance Series release plan? Well, given that Cellar Door release is #2.5, there may not really be a master plan?
If you're keeping score at home, here's where things stand:
00 Sugar Mountain '68
01 Riverboat '69
02 Fillmore East 3/70
02.5 Cellar Door late 70
03 Massey Hall '71
09 A Treasure '84-85
12 Dreamin' Man '92
So, who;s going to be knockin' at the Cellar Door?
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