As Neil Young’s 2017 self imposed touring sabbatical continues (updated here and here), and we continue our journey into the past of the TW Archives.
In addition, we recently, we posted the sad news that there will be No Bridge School Benefit Concert in 2017 . In memory of all of the Bridge School Benefit Concerts we've attended over the years, here's a posting of our thoughts on Remembering The Warmth & Love of Bridge School Concerts .
Here’s a fan compilation of Neil Young's "Piano Songs" performed live in concert from between 1970 - 1992.
Thanks to rustie Shawn McCorkle for making this available. (Also, thanks to Richard S. for suggesting the topic on the Bridge School Benefit Concert Memories: Neil Young & Crazy Horse's Set - 1994 thread.)
Detailed info for this compilation:
00:00 Flying On The Ground Is Wrong [Dec 5, 1970 NYC]
04:41 There’s A World [Jan 21, 1971 Boston]
07:17 The Bridge [Feb 27, 1971 London]
10:57 Borrowed Tune [Jan 14, 1973 Buffalo]
15:05 Soldier [Jan 21, 1973 NYC]
18:06 A Man Needs A Maid ~ Heart Of Gold [Jan 22, 1971 Stratford]
24:14 Journey Thru The Past [Feb 23, 1971 London, BBC]
27:07 Love In Mind [Feb 23, 1971 London, BBC]
29:44 Sweet Joni [March 11, 1973 Bakersfield]
33:12 No One Seems To Know [March 5, 1976 Osaka, Japan]
35:56 Birds [May 26, 1978 early show SF]
38:19 Out Of My Mind [May 26, 1978 early show SF]
40:40 I Believe In You [March 28, 1970 Santa Monica]
43:51 Tonight’s The Night [Nov 17, 1992 Chicago]
0:48:44 Coastline [Jan 5, 1983 Santa Cruz]
0:52:25 Don’t Take Your Love Away From Me [Mar 22, 1985 Sydney]
0:56:19 Winterlong [Dec 13, 1989 Rotterdam]
1:00:15 Someday [Dec 13, 1989 Rotterdam]
1:05:55 Helpless [April 28, 1989 Tokyo]
1:11:21 Campaigner [Feb 18, 1992 NYC]
1:15:41 Love Is A Rose [May 18, 1992 Cleveland]
1:18:04 Are You Ready For The Country [May 18, 1992 Cleveland]
1:20:30 Such A Woman [Sept 21, 1992 Los Angeles]
1:24:44 Speakin’ Out [Sept 22, 1992 Los Angeles]
1:28:02 Love Art Blues [Nov 22, 1992 Minneapolis]
1:31:07 Homefires [Nov 22, 1992 Minneapolis]
1:33:47 After The Goldrush [Sept 5, 1989 NYC]
Neil Young "Piano Songs" compilation notes:
“In early 1996, longtime Rusty, Shawn “Just Riding My Llama” McCorkle, decided that he liked Neil’s piano work so much that he grabbed a bunch of his favourite performances and made a special tape full of them.More on Comment of the Moment: Neil Young on Piano.
“Shawn then performed a unique tree: hundreds of branch leaders, but no defined leaves! Rather than use the regular tree format, he temporarily accepted a 100-minute blank tape from anyone and everyone who sent one, and dubbed onto it a copy of his compilation.
“After over a hundred such dubs, he suspended the distribution and turned over follow-on distribution to those who have already been served.”
The criteria also required the songs be sung with intimacy. Hence some interesting onstage dialogue has been left on. Listen to Young confessing his love on Love In Mind, where he wrote this song and the mysterious girl who inspired him. It’s a song about a rambler who connects to his girl on the phone. Much like how SMSs have become the essential relationship tool.
Then there’s the softly, softly version of the Buffalo Springfield’s Out Of My Mind, with the candy-coating pop sucre removed. Neil Young has that quality to make a public performance sound very private, just for you. His songs are touching, with a genuine melody, and his searching voice in some ways was the voice of his ’60s generation, restless, earnest and always inquiring.
The jump to Set 2 is also a mood shift. On these tracks, Young shows he can party and the piano becomes a barroom piano and you’re right there in Neil Young’s saloon. Things sober up from 9, with Such A Woman, an almost dirgelike lament. A song seldom sung and found on his Harvest Moon album.