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Tuesday, April 07, 2020

RUST BUCKET PREMIERE NOW PLAYING: "Country Home" - Neil Young & Crazy Horse, 1990 Rehearsals | NYA

Catalyst Club, 1990
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
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Last year, Neil Young announced a major Archives discovery titled "RUST BUCKET".

"Country Home" by Neil Young & Crazy Horse of 1990 Rehearsals is now playing on Screen #2 | NYA.

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"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.

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At 4/07/2020 08:07:00 PM, Blogger Richie Cruz said...

A rare Dangerbird is nice, but how bout an even rarer T-Bone? Pardon the pun.

One of only 2 performances of that song!

At 4/07/2020 09:16:00 PM, Blogger Shakeydave said...

omigod my country home is wondeful! a great full moon treat! thank you Neil! :)

At 4/07/2020 09:20:00 PM, Blogger Shakeydave said...

and thank you Thrasher for always being there! we salute you! :)

At 4/07/2020 10:03:00 PM, Blogger Josh W. said...

This is great to see. If this wasn't the Horse's greatest night, then I don't know what would be. Accordingly, I've been looking forward to this since it was announced.
I don't want to be a negative Nancy or let perfection be the enemy of possible, but my concern is that this will only be a 2 LP release.
This would seem to mean that a few tracks will get left off, and if "Surfer Joe" gets left off, I'll be looking for a doorway to leave a flaming bag of poo.

At 4/08/2020 02:35:00 AM, Blogger Roberto said...

Very Loose version of a song I love.
The boys were enjoying this time and it seems to me a great contrast with the tension of Hurricane.
A great PoV to my eyes and ears.

At 4/08/2020 06:06:00 AM, Blogger Flyingscotzman said...

I'll point out that the brilliant Ragged Glory period began on very unsure footing, with Billy and Ralph being somewhat alienated from Neil and Poncho.

This reunion happened only 3 years after the fireworks of the 1987 tour (as captured on Muddy Track), and in the months since then Neil had spoken of his frustration about Billy and Ralph, indicating it was unlikely he would ever play with them again.

(Fans sometimes are too quick to leap to the same conclusion. The moment Neil decides to play with another great band for 5 minutes, whether it be the 2008 Electric Band or POTR, we start to hear comments like "these guys are permanently putting Crazy Horse out to pasture!", or some similar nonsense).

Of course, Neil always comes back to Crazy Horse. It's a law of nature.


At 4/08/2020 06:31:00 AM, Blogger Flyingscotzman said...

1990's Ragged Glory and Rust Bucket are closely related to 1991's Weld, but also somewhat separate from it. 1990 was a partial return to the dreamy, laid-back 1976 tour that Neil had been listening to prior to the reunion.

Neil had recently been given a second opportunity by Reprise Records/Warner: and a no-frills record with his favourite band was obviously a pretty great idea for taking his comeback up another gear in a fun way.

Did Neil himself see this period as a comeback? I think the answer is
certainly "yes". There was a lot at stake. He'd just spent nearly a decade imprisoned by a record company who eventually sued him. Elvis's "get down to business" comeback from 1968 was clearly on Neil's mind, from the closing lyrics of Eldorado to the 1989 SNL performance to the Elvis shirts he often wore onstage in the late eighties and early nineties.

As producer David Briggs knew all too well, when Neil gets serious like this, you can watch out: because there is no one in the business more intense, more focused or more expressive.

But due to Poncho being ill or sustaining an injury, the extended Ragged Glory tour was delayed a few weeks (after the Catalyst). And by then, the Gulf War was on the horizon.

Mother Earth was switched out of the setlist in favour of the similarly-arranged Blowin' In The Wind, and the explosiveness of the performances (of songs like Love And Only Love and Rockin' In The Free World) was ratcheted up to extreme levels. Unlike any previous tour, there were no acoustic songs.

The Weld tour was by all accounts an exhausting experience: that should be instantly apparent from watching any 5 minutes of the jaw-dropping Buffalo show (one of over 50 high-energy shows from that tour). It was Neil's rock 'n' roll side intensified to its most extreme, its most pure.

The Ragged Glory/Weld period started with the band a little weary of each other and, after 3 months of very intense touring, ended pretty much the same way; with Crazy Horse fed up, Neil exhausted and an exasperated Briggs storming out of the mixing sessions. But the months in between produced the most exciting rock 'n' roll they have ever created.

They'd be back 3 years later, refreshed and back to their best, for the brilliant (and very different) Sleeps With Angels: Mr Briggs's final masterpiece with Neil, until they meet again.


At 4/08/2020 02:11:00 PM, Blogger wsanjose01 said...

fitting. I dont like to go down to the (Beach) Flats cause I can't park on a hill. When you go down to Beach Flats put your money in your shoe

At 4/08/2020 05:58:00 PM, Blogger Aer Stephen said...

Ahhhhhh..... the ol' "Feedback is Back" 2 cd boot sees an official treatment. Wonderful show. The boot is quite a good recording, itself!

At 4/08/2020 06:51:00 PM, Blogger Richie Cruz said...

Down at the Boardwalk, there's Moe the Sleeze, he's the one who's weak in the knees.....

Neil's tribute to Santa Cruz!


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