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Saturday, February 08, 2020

STREAMING THIS WEEKEND: "UNPLUGGED" by Neil Young w/ The Stray Gators | NYA

Neil Young | MTV's "Unplugged" - Broadcast Date: March 10, 1993
Streaming in Hearse Theater | NYA

This weekend, "UNPLUGGED" by Neil Young with The Stray Gators will be streaming on Hearse Theater | NYA.

The video has a very interesting backstory. Originally, a taping for broadcast was completed in December, 1992 at Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City. But Neil was reportedly very unhappy with his performance and the concert became known as the "Un-broadcast Unplugged Session".


So another taping was held several months later in February, 1993 at Universal Studios, Universal City, California which apparently went much smoother.

Here is an article from Broken Arrow Magazine "Set Listings - MTV Unplugged 1992 And 1993 - Broadcast Variations" (#51, p 44) by Dave Zimmer.

"Set Listings - MTV Unplugged 1992 And 1993 - Broadcast Variations" by Dave Zimmer
Broken Arrow Magazine (#51, p 44)

One of the more remarkable aspects to the tapings was The Stray Gators lineup which included Nils Lofgren and backup singers Nicolette Larson and his sister Astrid Young.

Astrid Young and Nicolette Larson

Per Sugar Mountain, here is the setlist from the un-broadcast Unplugged Session:

1992-12-16 - Ed Sullivan Theater, New York City, New York, USA

1. Love Is A Rose
1. Love Is A Rose (take #2)
2. Unknown Legend
2. Unknown Legend (take #2)
3. From Hank To Hendrix
3. From Hank To Hendrix (take #2)
3. From Hank To Hendrix (take #3)
4. You And Me
5. Old King
6. Harvest Moon
6. Harvest Moon (take #2)
7. War Of Man
7. War Of Man (take #2)


7. War Of Man (take #3)
8. Comes A Time
9. Old Man
10. Silver & Gold
10. Silver & Gold (take #2)
10. Silver & Gold (take #3)
11. Are You Ready For The Country?
11. Are You Ready For The Country? (take #2)
12. One Of These Days
13. Dreamin' Man
14. Down By The River
15. The Last Trip To Tulsa
15. The Last Trip To Tulsa (take #2)
16. After The Gold Rush

The Stray Gators, Line Up 6
Neil Young - vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, pump organ, harmonica
Nils Lofgren - acoustic guitar and accordion
Ben Keith - steel guitar
Spooner Oldham - piano, organ
Tim Drummond - bass
Oscar Butterworth (Kenny Buttrey) - drums
Nicolette Larson - backing vocals
Astrid Young - backing vocals

Neil Young w/ The Stray Gators
(Nils Lofgren, Nicolette Larson and Astrid Young)

From ‘MTV Unplugged’: The 15 Best Episodes by Andy Greene:
Neil Young was playing unplugged shows long before MTV dreamed up the concept, so he should have taken to the concept without any difficulty.

But his initial attempt to play an official Unplugged episode at New York’s Ed Sullivan Theater in December 1992 was a complete fiasco. Despite reuniting the Stray Gators from Harvest and Harvest Moon, he just wasn’t happy with the performance, ultimately walking out of the show and onto the street, leaving the producers and audience baffled. He returned and treated the audience to his first performance of “Last Trip to Tulsa” in 16 years, but he hated the show and refused to release it. Two months later they tried again at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. It was a very different set list, complete with the super deep cut “Stringman” and a haunting solo rendition of “Like a Hurricane” on the pump organ.

He let MTV air this one.

Broken Arrow Magazine (#51, p 8): Gig Reviews - 12.16.1992 - Ed Sullivan Theater, New York City, Un-broadcast Unplugged Session By Paul Bronstein

Per Sugar Mountain, here is the setlist from the MTV Unplugged broadcast session:

1993-02-07 Universal Studios, Universal City, California, USA

1. The Old Laughing Lady
2. Mr. Soul
3. World On A String
4. Pocahontas
5. Stringman
6. Like A Hurricane
7. The Needle And The Damage Done
8. Helpless
9. Sample And Hold
10. Transformer Man
11. Dreamin' Man
12. Harvest Moon
13. Unknown Legend
14. War Of Man (unfinished)
15. War Of Man
16. Winterlong
17. Long May You Run (unfinished)
18. Long May You Run
19. Look Out For My Love
20. From Hank To Hendrix

Broken Arrow Magazine (#51, p 8): Gig Reviews - 02.07.1993 - Universal Studios, Los Angeles, MTV Unplugged By Dave Zimmer

The MTV "UNPLUGGED" concert by Neil Young w/ The Stray Gators debuted on March 10, 1993.

(via Sugar Mountain)

Here is the track listing for UNPLUGGED, 1993 - Reprise 45310

Old Laughing Lady / Mr. Soul / World on a String / Pocahontas / Stringman / Like a Hurricane / The Needle and the Damage / Helpless / Harvest Moon / Transformer Man / Unknown Legend / Lookout for My Love / Long May You Run / From Hank to Hendrix

More on REVIEW: "Unplugged" | Albums In Order Review Series by Mike "Expecting 2 Fly" Cordova and REVIEW: "Unplugged" | FUNHOUSE! by Uncle Dave.

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At 2/08/2020 12:47:00 PM, Blogger Christian said...

Love this version of Transformer Man

At 2/08/2020 03:08:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

Someone please correct me if I’m wrong here, but I believe that the video of Unplugged was only available on laser disc. It’s a crime this wonderful performance is not already available on Blu Ray.


At 2/08/2020 05:17:00 PM, Blogger ethanwinograd said...

man that is the mr soul that launched a thousand ships

At 2/08/2020 08:23:00 PM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

Unplugged also was released on VHS but never made it to DVD.

At 2/08/2020 09:22:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

Thanks Babbo B. I recorded it off TV and transferred it to a DVD but the quality is not great. I would love Neil to put it out officially on Blu Ray but he’s plate seems to be completely full at the moment. Thank goodness for Hearse Theatre.


At 2/09/2020 02:29:00 AM, Blogger Roberto said...

Neil an Nils...what a couple!!

At 2/09/2020 11:00:00 AM, Blogger Tom Ky said...

Amen - always loved it!

At 2/09/2020 11:02:00 AM, Blogger Tom Ky said...

I still have the VHS mentioned here. What a treat if NYA would eventually release as Nirvana did their epic Unplugged — including the entire uncut version. Bonus disc suggestion: the first, NYC show Neil didn’t like!

At 2/09/2020 04:05:00 PM, Blogger Blind-Mikey said...

I doubt if Neil hated it that much then that he’d release it now. I’d LOVE to hear that version of MLT to Tulsa tho!!!

At 2/09/2020 06:37:00 PM, Blogger Blind-Mikey said...

** LT to Tulsa **


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