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Saturday, November 03, 2018

Oceanside-Countryside: Another Neil Young Album in The Pipeline


Oceanside-Countryside
"The hand written title seen above is found on the timeline in March 1977, where it will soon be replaced by original album art."
via Neil Young's Archives (NYA) Times-Contrarian

Way back in 2010, we posted on some rather hugely significant Neil Young news concerning Archives Volume #2 and the NYA Special Release Series:
The NYA team, headed by Will Mitchell and Hannah Johnson, is digging through material supplied by numerous sources, including newspapers, writers, fans, bootleg audio collectors and photographers (special thanks to photographer/collector Joel Bernstein). Much work has been done and there is much left to do. Using the template designed by the late Larry Johnson, the whole team is pushing forward.

Special thanks to audio engineers John Nowland, Tim Mulligan and the team at Redwood Digital for the unbelievable amount of work that has been accomplished so far. Volume 2 promises even more content than Volume 1, with many unreleased tracks.

Four unreleased albums from this period are being rebuilt and will be available in the NYA Special Release Series. Chrome Dreams, Homegrown and Oceanside-Countryside are the three unreleased studio albums. Also from this period is the unreleased Odeon-Budokan live recording produced by David Briggs and Tim Mulligan.

These albums initially will be released in vinyl from analog masters as they originally were created for that format. So now is the time to get your new phonograph player. The new players, built with today's technology, are exceptionally good.
So here we are 8 years later and it looks like a Oceanside-Countryside album release may just happen.

Oceanside-Countryside were the solo recordings before Comes A Time, recorded at The Triad studios, Florida. Reprise advised Neil to add more instruments on it. Eventually released songs included were "Lost In Space" and "Pocahontas".


Neil writes on Neil Young's Archives (NYA) Times-Contrarian that Oceanside-Countryside "... was a record that I felt really good about. It was quite a personal record, mostly acoustic songs with no bass or drums."

While no definitive track list is confirmed, Thrasher's Wheat readers have a "99%" hunch.

OCEAN SIDE:

SAIL AWAY
MY MY HEY HEY (OUT OF THE BLUE)
SHOTS
CAPTAIN KENNEDY
LOST IN SPACE
OCEAN GIRL (Live)
MIDNIGHT ON THE BAY (Live)
POWDERFINGER (Acoustic)
COAST LINE
LITTLE WING

COUNTRY SIDE:

HUMAN HIGHWAY
MOTORCYCLE MAMA
RIDE MY LLAMA
THRASHERS (Live)
THE WAYS OF LOVE (Live)
COMES A TIME
TOO FAR GONE
ALREADY ONE
THE OLD HOMESTEAD (Studio live)

To which Archives Guy commented: "Don't know who your 99% source is but they aren't even close. I'm sittin' here looking at the master tape reels and am pretty sure they tell the true story."

So, there you go. Use disCERNmnet, as always.

How about this track list?

Country Side:
The Old Country Waltz
Country Home
The Old Homestead
Hanging on a Limb
White Line

Ocean Side:

Midnight on the Bay
Ocean Girl
Big Waves
Through My Sails
Evening Coconut

Also, in other NYA Letters to the Editor , Neil writes about a flood coming down the pipeline. (thanks Babbo B.!)

Odeon Budokan is coming, Alchemy triple vinyl "could be" next year, Homegrown "is in the wings," Toast is complete except for videos, a Ducks release is in production, the 1974 Bottom Line concert is a "borderline recording" that "may be released in some special way but not as a full recording," Boarding House audio/video is being reviewed along with a full Greendale show, with 1995 Dublin footage being prepared for a Hearse Theater screening, and ORS box sets will continue.

In reference to the original Tonight's The Night raps, "Those tapes were on the floor for a while in Zeke's room. We have them, maybe they will come out. Now's the time." In response to a LTE question about Austin City Limits '84: "I was pretty out of it for Austin City Limits, not sure it all is good enough."

whew?! We're the lucky ones.

Our longtime friend Lone Red Rider said this last year on Beyond 'Hitchhiker': 15 Archival Neil Young Albums We'd Like to Hear | Rolling Stone:
Well, now we know that Hitchhiker is the first NYAPS-SRS disk. #5 to be exact. Isn't that provocative? Recall all of the speculation of what the NYA-PS disks would be? We can now map out the blueprint of the Archives in NYA-SRS order. I might as well take a first crack at it, here on TW, as it fits with this thread:

#0) Early Daze: Early Crazy Horse materials with and without Neil. A celebration of Danny!
#1) Tonight's The Night: The original unreleased Briggs mix with drunken studio chatter.
#1.5) Human Highway (CSNY). I always doubted there was enough for an album, but Neil has talked about it as a "whole unreleased album"
#2) The stony collection of tracks Neil did after the 1974 CSNY tour (mentioned in one of his books)
#3) Homegrown!
#4) Dume
#5) Hitchhiker
#6) Chrome Dreams (though I wonder if this release was gutted by Hitchhiker)
#7) Oceanside-Countryside
#8) Old Ways (Original 1983 version)
#8.5) Meadow Dusk (sorry, I don't believe in this one)
#9) Time Square
#10) Toast

"Homegrown: Never Known to Fail"
Unreleased Neil Young Album

More on Homegrown and Other Unreleased Neil Young Albums.


Neil Young's Unreleased Songs:
The Unofficial Archive - UPDATE Vers. 5.2

Also, see Neil Young's Unreleased Songs: The Unofficial Archive - UPDATE Vers. 5.2 by long time rustie Robert Broadfoot from Germany.

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24 Comments:

At 11/03/2018 06:43:00 PM, Blogger Shakeydave said...

whew i am exhausted already! LOL

 
At 11/03/2018 06:50:00 PM, Blogger Andy Watt said...

I agree shakey dave. Exhausted. Let's just listen to Songs For Judy and enjoy that first. Lots to look forward to though next year too.

 
At 11/03/2018 08:03:00 PM, Blogger Richard Siciliano said...

Remember when Neil DIDN'T want these projects released? There was a coolness to the mystery of it all. Now this stuff is gonna be just a massive flood to the masses. Not only is divorce expensive, but so are Hollywood marriages.

 
At 11/03/2018 09:00:00 PM, Blogger Matt & Jes Wedding said...

Lol Neil gets rich from sales of albums 95% of Neil fans don't know exist and won't buy. Whatever justifies your thesis I guess

 
At 11/03/2018 09:03:00 PM, Blogger Syscrusher said...

Hmmm I heard it was going to be:

Oceanside

Lost In Space
Sail Away
Mediterranean
Give Me Strength
Mexico
Evening Coconut

Countryside

Goin’ Back
Pocahontas
Comes A Time
Ride My Llama
Field Of Opportunity
Thrasher

 
At 11/03/2018 09:12:00 PM, Blogger Richard Siciliano said...

Example?

 
At 11/03/2018 10:49:00 PM, Blogger andrea1bianco said...

Oh well, six of the above songs aren't on the track list.
So Tired

 
At 11/04/2018 04:54:00 AM, Blogger Andy Watt said...

Where did you see this tracklist? Looks about right.

 
At 11/04/2018 05:38:00 AM, Blogger Andy Watt said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

 
At 11/04/2018 06:11:00 AM, Blogger Andy Watt said...

No point in arguing. Of course once everything is released the 'mystery' is gone but I'd rather have it all than not. I mean surely we cannot grump over releases hard core fans hsve waited decades for release
?

 
At 11/04/2018 08:06:00 PM, Blogger andrea1bianco said...

The core of the album is the seven acoustic songs recorded at The Triad. Neil mentions one of these,the overdubbed version of Pocahontas. The second group of songs was recorded with band at Crazy Mama, Nashville, the J.J.Cale' s Studio. One of these songs was Field Opportunity, ended on CAT.
So Tired

 
At 11/04/2018 08:09:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

I’m just a dreamin’ Man. Will believe it when I see it. Speculation is not my forte. 62 years and counting. In the meantime I’ll listen to The 200 plus Grateful Dead shows that have already been released.

 
At 11/04/2018 08:14:00 PM, Blogger andrea1bianco said...

I enjoy Songs for Judy for a few of months in the waiting.
So Tired

 
At 11/04/2018 08:57:00 PM, Blogger Syscrusher said...

I just made that up.
Always kinda figured it was a completely solo acoustic (with overdubs) record. Interesting now to learn about the band performances. I had thought that the 'countryside' referred to songs about, or taking place on land, but maybe it refers to a second side of full band country songs. I wonder if we could get a song we've never heard of here ?

 
At 11/04/2018 09:42:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Many of these songs have already been released, some several times. Is the big deal about the unreleased songs ?! I am not getting the fervor.

 
At 11/05/2018 02:35:00 AM, Blogger andrea1bianco said...

Neil has released almost everything over the years, though quite often not in the original versions.
So Tired

 
At 11/05/2018 02:40:00 AM, Blogger andrea1bianco said...

Different versions of minor songs, I guess, but not completely unheard.
So Tired

 
At 11/06/2018 08:13:00 AM, Blogger kahunasunset said...

This is my guess for track list:

Pocahontas
Human Highway
Ride My Llama
Like An Inca (Hitchhiker)
Goin Back
Lost In Space
Captain Kennedy
Powderfinger
Sail Away

 
At 11/06/2018 09:09:00 AM, Blogger andrea1bianco said...

My tracklist in no particular order :
Comes A TIme/Already One
Peace of Mind
Sail Away
Pocahontas
Going Back
Lost In Space
Human Highway
Field of Opportunity
It Might Have Been
Dance, Dance, Dance
So Tired

 
At 11/09/2018 03:06:00 PM, Blogger Ken Norris said...

More clues as to the content of NYA Vol 2.

Hitchhiker, Songs for Judy and Oceanside Countryside were once part of it, but now they are not? Ditto for live TTN?

So what does that leave?

Time Fades Away
Time Fades Away 2
Homegrown
Dume
Chrome Dreams
Odeon Budokan
The Boarding House

Anything else?

Then three CDs of alternatives and album tracks. For

On The Beach
Tonight's the Night
Zuma
American Stars N Bars
Comes a Time
Rust Never Sleeps

Anything else?

Ken

PS This is more of a question than an answer.

 
At 11/09/2018 10:13:00 PM, Blogger andrea1bianco said...

I think that most of the above albums will be released separately. TFA II, Dume will be Archives box exclusive. There's a lot of outtakes, expecially from the 1974 for the box set. I guess, for example, that he has recorded a lot of songs at Indigo, not on Hitchikker, or during the LMYR sessions.
So Tired

 
At 11/09/2018 10:26:00 PM, Blogger andrea1bianco said...

Oden-Budokan is also in the pipeline. TTN has many outtakes. TFA period has some good material left. On The Beach has probably a couple of outtakes but 1974 is huge in terms of unreleased songs.ASNB has probably nothing. CAT has 2-3 outtakes, RNS one. The Ducks could be on the box.
So Tired

 
At 11/10/2018 11:34:00 AM, Blogger Ken Norris said...

Sober reflection leads me to believe that Oceanside Countryside, Odeon-Budokan AND Homegrown will be in Vol 2. Maybe The Boarding House too. Maybe Chrome Dreams If any prior release is considered essential it is PROBABLY Roxy.

It sounds like there is LOTS of unreleased for the box. Maybe this time it will be 15 CDs!

It makes sense to me that, six months out, Neil is talking about listening to the masters of some of this stuff. NOW is when it would have to be done to be released in May. Last April it was Roxy. Maybe this May is NYA Vol 2. And Alchemy in the Fall.

Ken

 
At 11/10/2018 12:28:00 PM, Blogger andrea1bianco said...

Neil presents all this Archives albums as stand alone releases. Homegrown is in the wings of Odeon-Budokan, he says.
So Tired

 

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