NEW RELEASE: Neil Young "Live at the Cellar Door" on December 10th
As we reported this summer, Neil Young's next release will be Live At The Cellar Door.
Live At The Cellar Door was recorded in Washington D.C. during a six-show stand between November 30th and December 2nd, 1970. This will be release 2.5 in the Archives Performance Series and released on on December 10th.
Probably of most interest to fans will be the solo piano version of "Cinnamon Girl".
The track-listing for Live At The Cellar Door is as follows:
Tell Me Why
Only Love Can Break Your Heart
After The Gold Rush
Expecting To Fly
Bad Fog Of Loneliness
Don't Let It Bring You Down
See The Sky About To Rain
I Am A Child
Down By The River
Flying On The Ground Is Wrong
Note that "See the Sky About to Rain" on Archives Vol. 1 Disc 6 is an edit of Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 shows.
It seems there's been a change in thinking on the release. From a Oct. 2009 interview with Guitar World magazine:
Guitar World: So how many Archives sets are we looking at?From Steve Hoffman Forums:
Neil Young: Maybe four, maybe five. It depends on how much cutting and paring down we do, and how much we get into using BD-Live, which is a really remarkable thing. It's tremendous. It's remarkable because we really only saw that aspect of it for the first time six or seven months ago....One thing that we figured out is that we're going to be able to do progressive download updates. So for instance, around 1970 I played a show at the Cellar Door club in Washington, D.C. That show was taped, but we don't have enough great takes to release it as its own disk.
Instead, I'll probably make the songs available as downloadable updates to Archives. We'll drop them onto the timeline one at a time... One thing I'll tell you about the next volume of Archives is that Time Fades Away II is in there. And it's interesting because the whole thing has a different drummer than what was on that album. I switched drummers halfway through the tour- Kenny Buttrey was in there for the first half, and Johnny Barbata came in for the second. It's a completely different thing, with completely different songs. So that's interesting. There's lots of stuff like that that I'm working on right now for the second volume.
All the 6 shows(30th November,1,2 Dec.1970) were recorded by Henry Lewy for a planned double album combined with the electric songs at the Fillmore East. The Cellar Door were 8-track recordings. It's likely that some multitracks from these concerts still survive . Most of the original reels from these shows were shown at The Visit To The Archives(2000, Neil.Young.com). Some of the master logs are also listed in the Archives Book. The Neil Young Archives have all the 2 tracks from these shows. Sugar Mountain by Tom Hambleton takes his information from the Ghost on The Road(Pete Long), which sources are provided by Joel Bernstein. Neil promised the release of this record in Waging Heavy Peace, so this is really a great news.Obviously, there's a lot going on with "The Cellar Door".
"The Cellar" was a Winnipeg club that Neil Young & The Squires once played.
The song "The Needle and the Damage Done" has the lyrics "knocking on my cellar door" line.
A very young Nils Lofgren talked his way backstage and introduced himself to Neil Young at Cellar Door club in Washington, D.C.
I caught ya knockin' at my cellar door...
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