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Friday, February 23, 2018

Neil Young's "ROXY TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT LIVE": Release Date - 4/21

Neil Young + The Santa Monica Flyers

As we had hoped earlier this year, Neil Young's "ROXY TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT LIVE" is now set for release on 4/21. (Thanks joe lookout!)

According to Broadway World, the Record Store Day Limited Edition pressing will include an exclusive print of the band live on stage at The Roxy. The standard vinyl edition (without print) CD and digital editions will follow on Tuesday, April 24th. Album pre-orders begin March 5.

The Roxy Theater concert was recorded during a run from September 20 to 22, 1973.

Young explains how Roxy - Tonight's the Night Live came to be:
"In 1973, I drove my 1947 Buick Roadmaster, Black Queen, to LA from the North, accompanied by Ben Keith. Once we made it to Hollywood, we met up with Billy Talbot and Ralph Molina. Nils Lofgren joined us and we drove to Studio Instrument Rentals on Santa Monica Blvd. David Briggs, producer, and Johnny Talbot, equipment manager, met us there. They had blasted a hole in the wall to connect the green board which we had set up (an old tube board I had purchased that had been used recording many historic sessions from the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds to Monterey Pop Festival, among many others) next to the rehearsal hall. Our 16-track analog tape machine was set up next to the board. We had finished recording TTN and decided to celebrate with a gig at a new club opening on the Sunset Strip, the ROXY. We went there and recorded for a few nights, opening the ROXY. We really knew the Tonight's the Night songs so we just played them again, the album, top to bottom, two sets a night for a few days. We had a great time. ROXY -Tonight's the Night Live is the live recording we made. There is a little Super 8 footage of us driving to the gig in the Black Queen one of those nights."

Track listing for ROXY - Tonight's The Night Live:

Side 1:

1. Tonight's The Night
2. Mellow My Mind
3. World On A String

Side 2:

1. Speakin' Out
2. Albuquerque
3. New Mama
4. Roll Another Number (For The Road)

Side 3:

1. Tired Eyes
2. Tonight's The Night
3. Walk On

Side 4:

Etched artwork

For reference, from Sugar Mountain Setlists (via Ghosts On The Road), here are the actual sets from the early and late shows:

1973-09-20, Early Show, Roxy Theater, Los Angeles, California, USA

w/ The Santa Monica Flyers
Tonight's The Night / Mellow My Mind / World On A String / Speakin' Out / Albuquerque / New Mama / Roll Another Number / Tired Eyes / Tonight's The Night / The Losing End / Walk On

Set list courtesy of Ghosts On The Road

1973-09-20, Late Show, Roxy Theater, Los Angeles, California, USA
w/ The Santa Monica Flyers

Tonight's The Night / Mellow My Mind / World On A String / Speakin' Out / Albuquerque / New Mama / Roll Another Number / Tired Eyes / Tonight's The Night / Cowgirl In The Sand

1973-09-21, Early Show, Roxy Theater, Los Angeles, California, USA

w/ The Santa Monica Flyers

Tonight's The Night / Mellow My Mind / World On A String / Speakin' Out / Albuquerque / New Mama / Roll Another Number / Tired Eyes / Tonight's The Night / The Losing End

1973-09-21, Late Show, Roxy Theater, Los Angeles, California, USA

w/ The Santa Monica Flyers

Tonight's The Night / Mellow My Mind / World On A String / Speakin' Out / Albuquerque / New Mama / Roll Another Number / Tired Eyes / Tonight's The Night / Cowgirl In The Sand

1973-09-22, Early Show, Roxy Theater, Los Angeles, California, USA
w/ The Santa Monica Flyers

Tonight's The Night / Mellow My Mind / World On A String / Speakin' Out / Albuquerque / New Mama / Roll Another Number / Tired Eyes / Tonight's The Night / The Losing End

1973-09-22, Late Show, Roxy Theater, Los Angeles, California, USA

w/ The Santa Monica Flyers

Tonight's The Night / Mellow My Mind / World On A String / Speakin' Out / Albuquerque / New Mama / Roll Another Number / Tired Eyes / Tonight's The Night / Down By The River

Set list courtesy of Ghosts On The Road

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At 2/23/2018 10:47:00 AM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

Outstanding news. These shows have been on my dream list for decades.
Don't care what price they charge me but I will be getting this release on RSD.


At 2/23/2018 01:52:00 PM, Blogger Soldier Steve said...

Where's Cowgirl In The Sand.

At 2/23/2018 03:09:00 PM, Blogger joe lookout said...

Thank you T&T for what you are doing!!!!


At 2/23/2018 03:14:00 PM, Blogger joe lookout said...

By the way, is there any live version of 'Lookout Joe'??

At 2/23/2018 03:39:00 PM, Blogger Old rocker Dave said...

Looking forward to this release! Hell, any new release! How about a re-release of WELD in hi-8 ? I’d really get off on that! Saw the boys perform this at Market Square Arena ( referenced by Tom Petty on Last Dance With Mary Jane) in Indianapolis, total bliss!

At 2/23/2018 06:52:00 PM, Blogger Soldier Steve said...

The Losing End & Down By The River were played at the Roxy shows too. Not included in this release. Why not include everything?

At 2/23/2018 06:55:00 PM, Blogger Soldier Steve said...

Lookout Joe was played 43 times in '73 time fades away tour. With the Stray Gators.

At 2/23/2018 07:37:00 PM, Blogger ChasA said...

Yeah you heard it first from NY on NYA!! You would think they could at least beat the leakers! Agree the losing end should be in there but this is gonna be a great record anyway. Hope alchemy is close behind.

At 2/23/2018 09:48:00 PM, Blogger Hounds That Howl said...

If its as immersive an audio experience as Hitchhiker, We will be in orbit for a while around Planet Neil.

At 2/24/2018 02:00:00 AM, Blogger Andy Watt said...

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At 2/24/2018 05:30:00 AM, Blogger Christian Ebner said...

I assume - as it's called "Roxy Tonight's the Night Live" - only songs from the studion album are included in the release (and no Cowgirl in the Sand, Losing End, Down By The River ... which were also played). Songs missing form the studio album are "Borrowed Tune" & "Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown" but according posted setlists from the Roxy gigs these songs weren't played. Looking forward to this release ...

At 2/24/2018 09:44:00 AM, Blogger Art Carey said...

Two of my friends attended separate shows during the Tonight’s the Niight tour — and both hated them. I didn’tcatch one but I did hate the Tonight’s the Night album.Not expecting much RE this release. And I’m guessing that the inclusion of the non-TTN Walk On is a commentary toward people like me and my friends who didn’t buy into believing that Tonight’s the Night is great.

At 2/24/2018 10:32:00 AM, Blogger Nimrod said...

I honestly don't understand how you could be a Neil fan and not like TTN.

At 2/24/2018 11:28:00 AM, Blogger joe lookout said...

& Soldier Steve: thank you! Losing end is one of my favourite.....

At 2/24/2018 11:43:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Tonight's the night IS Neil Young

At 2/24/2018 06:30:00 PM, Blogger Andy Watt said...

Tonight's The Night is arguably the record that sums Neil Young up the most. One of my most played records off all time. Looking forward to this release. Not that unhappy about only having one 'bonus' track as this is a TTN release and we have enough versions of cowgirl and dbtr i think. So after this and Alchemy..what do we think will be released next?

At 2/24/2018 07:19:00 PM, Blogger lookout_joe said...

Was also missing Lookout Joe in the setlist.. Don't know why it never became a favourite of Neil's. Got tired of playing it with Stay Gators?

At 2/24/2018 09:40:00 PM, Blogger Syscrusher said...

It would just be nice to hear The Santa Monica Flyers cover some other Neil tunes. The Losing End definitely feels like a good fit. Anyway, looking forward to this incredible document. This is one of the big ones for sure. Feels like when we got Filmore and Massey Hall leading up to the big Vol. 1 release.

At 2/24/2018 11:26:00 PM, Blogger Richard Siciliano said...

Can't wait to hear some high quality live music from the fabulous Santa Monica Flyers band! I used to have an old cassette of the Queens College show from November '73, it was a fun listen, but bad sound quality. Can't wait to hear a TTN show with pristine sound.

Btw, Neil went off on Google and other tech giants today in some letter he posted on his archive site, while he was also waxing poetically over the Broken Arrow album....good to see some of the classic ornery Neil showing back up. I have no idea how to post a copy of the story, but maybe Thrasher could do it. It was a fascinating Neil tirade!

At 2/24/2018 11:57:00 PM, Blogger Andy Watt said...

Agree Losing Ends would fit nicely. Yup a big release cant wait.

At 2/25/2018 07:56:00 AM, Blogger richard said...

Does anyone know if the RSD release is US only?
Or do we in Europe need to wait for the general release the week after? Anyone experience with that? Great this is finally released! Thnx!

At 2/25/2018 09:31:00 AM, Blogger John Tewks said...

Yeah I'd definitely like to have side 4 contain the bonus tracks rather than 'art'. Can't wait to get this album though!

At 2/25/2018 12:04:00 PM, Blogger TopangaDaze said...

It will be a decent release, but once again ole' Neil sort of contradicts his own words and goals. He talks about the archives as getting the music out as part of the historical record, etc, so why not give us a FULL SHOW or at least a document that includes ALL of the songs played during the ROXY run?

And don't tell me it's all about Tonight's the Night. That theory doesn't hold because we are getting Walk On...

Lord, he's infuriating! I'm really not a fan of revisionist history--I want to hear full shows regardless of what Neil may have felt or wanted the focus to be on. Yes, Down By The River and Cowgirl In The Sand have been played to death, but the versions from '73 differ from those that came before and after. Plus, The Losing End is more rare and needs to be heard in context...

As it stands, I'm really not too excited about this upcoming release. The Tonight's the Night album and recording sessions and time period has so many interesting stories to be told and heard, but this release seems to me to barely scratch the surface. Neil could give us a true document of the time, but this just sounds like an incomplete live show (or a splicing together of multiple shows) that leaves out way too much of the story.

I say give us the show(s) and give us the historical story and associated ephemera, warts and all. I want to hear the "original" album, the outtakes, the snippets, the sessions, the reactions from the band and the press and the fans. I want a full document of the American and European tours as they happened, and I want details about the release of the album and how it was initially perceived.

Rant over--I'm glad we're getting at least a partial document of the Roxy performances. I suppose someday we'll get the rest of the story...

"Take my advice
Don't listen to me"

At 2/25/2018 12:49:00 PM, Blogger joe lookout said...

@ Topanga Daze: 'business as usual'. Neil says something and does something else....unless in the Archives he will offer us some bonus track instead of 'art'(by DH?)


At 2/25/2018 08:12:00 PM, Blogger Soldier Steve said...

Wasn't Walk On on the original TTN acetate. I have a copy somewhere I'll have to look for it and check the setlist.

At 2/25/2018 08:19:00 PM, Blogger Soldier Steve said...

After this release and the Alchemy release I'd like to see the '76 Europe tour of Odeokon/Budekon Japan shows.Theirs something special about these horse shows in '76.Another one I'd like to see released is the '96 horse tour such as the Halloween show in Hamilton, Ontario or something from the '03-'04 Greendale tour.another would be the '99 acoustic tour or the '03 acoustic Europe Greendale.Acoustic greendale is really something...

At 2/25/2018 11:15:00 PM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

Nothing "original" about the boot that circulates as the TTN acetate, it's a compilation that includes Walk On, Turnstiles, Bad Fog, Winterlong and Traces from the OTB sessions in early 1974. But a still-unreleased version of Walk On was recorded at S.I.R. during the TTN sessions in 1973, and it opened and closed the Corral Club shows that August where the TTN material was debuted live.

At 2/26/2018 12:24:00 AM, Blogger TopangaDaze said...

Yea, I understand that "Walk On" was a part of the original Tonight's the Night sessions and was played at some of the shows. It just bothers me slightly that Neil chooses to "waste" side 4 of the 2LP set with artwork when he could just as easily have turned that side into the encore section with DBTR, CITS and the Losing End.

And as I mentioned, if Neil wants to really explore and enlighten us about Tonight's the Night, it would be fairly easy to create an all encompassing document of the time.

As this impending release currently stands, I don't see how it will really advance or shed light on the concept beyond what most of us have already known and heard. I'd much rather have a box set with several live shows from the period, primarily the entire London Rainbow Theater show. With the live shows, I'd also like to hear the "original" Tonight's the Night" and some real details and examples from the various sessions.

Yea, I know what we're getting and I think I know what we're not getting. Nine(really 8) ROXY Tonight's the Night songs being played live is something I've heard, and as a standalone release, it is in my opinion a fairly underwhelming and confounding concept.

Hey, I trust it will sound a little better than the versions I've heard, but the ROXY shows are probably the last things I'd choose to listen to when I want to really experience Tonight's the Night. The released album will always be my preference of those two, and I'd also always rather listen to the Rainbow show. in it's entirety. That, to me is the live Tonight's the Night, not the ROXY aborted mini-shows.

Lord, I'm being negative. Sorry, bring on ROXY!

"Take my advice
Don't listen to me"

At 2/26/2018 02:44:00 AM, Blogger Andy Watt said...

Wonder what the reasoning behind not inc. more travks was? Dreamin man 92 needed more tracks...a full show of that tour would of been sweet.The 99 solo shows need a release too! I just want it all. At this rate ill be well into my 30s before i get to hear most of this stuff.

At 2/26/2018 07:00:00 AM, Blogger Mark Bennett said...

Maybe - just maybe - he's holding back the other songs for the online NYA, much as he did with that Fillmore East 'Cinnamon Girl' you could only get as a BD Live download. There's gotta be *some* compelling reason to pay for a subscription, after all...

At 2/26/2018 10:40:00 AM, Blogger andrea1bianco said...

I doubt it.He seems simply not caring about releasing the rest of stuff.
So Tired

At 2/26/2018 02:37:00 PM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

The British shows were much more interesting, but Neil didn't bother recording those himself - the Roxy shows are the only ones that were professionally recorded.

At 2/26/2018 09:13:00 PM, Blogger SONY said...

Sugar Mountain lists indicate one show each night was recorded, these being the first recorded live TTN shows. 10 LA club shows then on the road (after a gig with CSNY) across the border to Canada then across the pond to Europe. I think the release as it is grabs the initial live vibe of what they were doing, the first out of the studio parties to test drive it. "Don't you wish that you could be here too" is enough of a statement for me. LA, uptight, city in the smog!

At 2/27/2018 12:37:00 AM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

One show each night was recorded by fans, all six were recorded by Neil - which is why "Walk On" even exists here, since there's no audience recording of that show.

At 2/28/2018 05:13:00 PM, Blogger Jose Escoda said...

But not understanding all the stories you tell about the Tracher's, I remain attracted to the planet Neil Young. Especially with the Archives or Rust .... which allows to listen to stories true or not
in music. Currently listening to me the delivery of Neil young to
Omeme 2017 12 01.
Good night
Jose of Paris

At 3/02/2018 05:58:00 PM, Blogger buddyobush said...

I know I'm piling on late but I was really excited to hear about this release -- I've always thought one of the British shows from '73 (can't remember the exact date) that was the full TNT album plus songs like Don't Be Denied and Cowgirl should've come out because they were incredibly powerful but also in weak sound. That seems perfect for an Archives release and now I'm wondering if we'll ever get it.

The tracklist for this, meanwhile, is a poor substitute and will not help Neil sell records, which I know is not the point; however, the lackluster sales for this will mean they will avoid this period, presumably, for even longer than they probably would have.


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