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Wednesday, November 06, 2019

UPDATE: Neil Young & Crazy Horse's "WAY DOWN IN THE RUST BUCKET" Archives Discovery

via Subscriber News | NYA

It's been called "the missing link between Ragged Glory and Weld".

Here's an update from Audio Engineer John Hanlon on the earlier announced Archives discovery of Neil Young "unearthing" a major 1990 Crazy Horse concert.

Audio Engineer John Hanlon writes on Times Contrarian | NYA about progress on transferring and mixing the audio from The Catalyst Club gig.

Neil Young w/ Engineer John Hanlon
via Mountaintop: Neil Young with Crazy Horse Film

As noted earlier, a complete multi-camera video (6 cameras?!) was discovered in the NYA vaults. Produced and Directed by the late LA Johnson, the Neil Young & Crazy Horse concert was filmed on November 11, 1990 at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, California. (See Sugar Mtn for more details). Consisting of 3 sets, plus encore, the video is titled WAY DOWN IN THE RUST BUCKET.

From a comment in September on Neil Young "Unearths" Major Crazy Horse Archives Discovery by Scotsman:
There is a strong case for releasing not just this remarkable show, but every single multi-tracked film from the Ragged Glory tour that ran until April 1991.

Yes, after the Catalyst, the setlists were near-identical from night to night. But the performances were consistently off-the-scale. Neil was at his absolute peak as a guitar player in February-April 1991.

It's notable how the attitude became darker and more intense as the tour rolled on, evolving from the more relaxed Catalyst show into a more furious, disciplined, brutal soundtrack to the Gulf War. This was a draining tour for Neil, his most energetic performances ever, and you can see how burnt out he looked at the final show in LA. I think he'd given everything he had to give, musically. No wonder the next tour was the polar opposite of Weld.

As for the Catalyst show (one of two warm-ups for the arena tour that would end up being delayed a couple of months until the beginning of 1991), it's the missing link between Ragged Glory and Weld. We are lucky to have had great audience tapes from this show, but I think it deserves an official release. We'll see what happens.

Thanks Scotsman. Brilliant on calling the Catalyst gig "the missing link between Ragged Glory and Weld". A very special Crazy Horse club show with “Surfer Joe” and a rare "Dangerbird" (1st live performance since ZUMA album release in 1975).

Here's a review from Broken Arrow Gig Reviews - 11.13.1990 - The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, California By Rick Zeek, Issue #42, Feb 1991.

Broken Arrow Gig Reviews
- 11.13.1990 - The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, California By Rick Zeek, Issue #42, Feb 1991

Similar to John Hanlon, we're also "trying to catch an hour on the sun". We lost also, sun won.

@CrazyHorse4HoF #CrazyHorse4HOF

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At 11/06/2019 07:18:00 PM, Blogger Marty Halpern said...

Thanks for these details re: this NYA discovery. I'm not an Archives subscrber (yet) so I'm wondering what this means: Is Neil going to just make this show available on the archives? Or is he going to release it commercially? Or? Your thoughts....
- marty

At 11/07/2019 09:00:00 AM, Blogger Peacelover Doc said...

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At 11/07/2019 02:49:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Would love to hear that. But my greatest wish is a re release of ragged glory on vinyl.

At 11/07/2019 03:30:00 PM, Blogger CC Rider said...

Been floating near the top of my rust bucket for over 20 years. Be good to hear it without all the gunk though...

At 11/07/2019 03:32:00 PM, Blogger Steve Rust Downunder said...

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At 11/07/2019 05:24:00 PM, Blogger downbutnotout said...

Yes great show with a stella Danger Bird.
Would be a bonus to have a fine tweeked copy!

At 11/07/2019 08:34:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

I was fortunate to see two shows from this tour. The first was in Portland Oregon and the second was two nights later up in Seattle Washington. Sonic Youth opened both shows and they were great. Neil and the Horse were revelatory. It was so loud that my rib cage was vibrating with the music. Absolutely brilliant performances. I’m hoping they just release the whole tour.


At 11/07/2019 09:32:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was at RPI Fieldhouse for this concert I ever saw...and I have seen Neil 20 different ways...

At 11/07/2019 09:33:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sonic Youth and Social Distortion opened when I saw this show...great stuff...

At 11/08/2019 02:34:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I'm kind of tired of reading about all these "unearthed", "rediscovered" recordings with no indication of any sort of release schedule. Put up or shut up, Neil.

At 11/08/2019 02:56:00 PM, Blogger John said...

This should come out as a DVD/CD sounds totally great. While they're at it they could do a timely reissue of Weld/ Unplugged on DVD but I won't hold my breath.

At 11/08/2019 04:27:00 PM, Blogger Richie Cruz said...

I caught the Ragged Glory tour in Providence, Feb 1991.

Social Distortion, Sonic Youth, then Neil & The Horse. Out of hundreds of live shows I've seen, still the loudest, most bone-shattering night of music I've experienced.

I'll always remember my buddy's girlfriend, a cool hippie chick, was plugging her ears and at one point asked me if Neil would please play Heart Of Gold. I had to yell at her over the din that I didn't think that was gonna happen.

At one point in the chaos, Neil actually jumped in the air but didn't quite stick the landing. He tumbled a bit, but landed on his knees and kept tearing up Ol' Black! It was quite a night.

At 11/09/2019 06:33:00 AM, Blogger Jay A. said...

Saw the Ragged Glory tour at MSG and the Meadowlands. Both insanely great.

At 12/02/2020 06:00:00 PM, Blogger buddyobush said...

Well, I just looked at my calendar, and this release was supposed to be out in three days, according to earlier reports. Another big disappointment.


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