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Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Neil Young's "Road of Plenty"/Eldorado EP + 1991 "Crime in The City"/"60-0" | NYA

"Crime in The City" by Neil Young &Crazy Horse
Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York - 1991-02-16

frame via Hearse Theater | NYA
(See NOW PLAYING: A "Blistering" Version of "Crime in The City" by Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Buffalo, 1991)

This 8 minute+ "Crime in The City" version by Neil Young & Crazy Horse is from Buffalo on the WELD Tour in 1991 and is "blistering", per Neil.

Neil Young writes on NYA on "Crime in The City":

From The ‘Weld Series’ ‘Crazy Horse - Buffalo’ is a wonderful example of The Horse at full gallup! ‘Crime in the City’ is an excerpt of a longer song - 60-0 (sixty to zero) . That song is about 15 minutes with 10 or 11 verses. I wrote a few long ones about that time . . .’Ordinary People’ was the other big one from that period.

‘Sixty to-Zero will be included on the album ‘Road of Plenty’ - coming on 2021. ’This ‘Crime in the City’ rocks like only the Horse can rock. Enjoy it right now and turn it way up! Do whatever you want to do to get prepared. it’s a big ride!

be well

Watch it now at the HEARSE THEATER.

 "Crime in The City" by Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse


Also,  Neil Young's "Road of Plenty"/Eldorado EP+ appears now on NYA Timeline on March 26th, 2021 as Original Release Series 21.

In March 2020, Neil Young announced a new "Weld Series" planned for Neil Young Archives and the 1st clip has now been posted on Hearse Theater | NYA.

As mentioned in March 2020, the 1st release from the "Weld Series" will be from Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, on 1991-02-16. A preview clip was posted recently on NYA of "Campaigner" from Buffalo which indicates that this will be a performance oriented release concert as opposed to the original WELD release which contained vast amounts of audience reaction. Apparently, Manager Elliot Roberts was quite opposed to the WELD editing that favored audience over band. Neil seems to be correcting this decision by saying: "Well Elliot, you got it. Better late than never my old friend."

Here is an in depth look at one of Neil Young's most lyrically intense song:  "Crime in The City"/"60-0". And -- as with so much of Young's song writing gems -- it remains unreleased in all of its full ragged glory splendor. The following analysis looks closely at the very interesting and unusual development of the unreleased epic 18-minute "Sixty To Zero" into the shorter rocking "Crime in The City".



(Also, see Yes, There's Corruption on THE HIGHEST FLOOR: Yet More Inconvenient Truths in Greendale.)


Neil Young - 1989

Per an early 2020 posting on Neil Young Archives, another archival album is planned for 2021 titled "Road of Plenty".

Working with producer Niko Bolas, "Road of Plenty" will contain recordings made in the run up to "Freedom" in the late 1980s. The album has live takes of "Crazy Horse", studio recordings with the "Bluenotes", as well as, the 1989's legendary "Saturday Night Live" musical guest (see Neil Young on SNL: "Considered to be one of the most intense live television studio performances ever".)

"Probably the greatest guitar rock album ever"
~~ UNCUT Magazine's Allan Jones
"Eldorado" - Neil Young and the Restless

"Road of Plenty" has also appeared as an import titled "Eldorado". An album review UNCUT Magazine's Allan Jones modestly said: "The simple fact is that 'Eldorado" is probably the greatest guitar rock album ever." Jones continues describing the album's sound as: "holocaustal, post-apocalypse ruptures and manglings, great bloody swathes of feedback, random distortions, and gashes of sound, the reckless weather of psychotic abandon."

1989 - Reprise 20P2-2651 (CD-EP, Japan and Australia only)

"Cocaine Eyes" – 4:24
"Don't Cry" – 5:00
"Heavy Love" – 5:09
"On Broadway" – 4:57
"Eldorado" – 6:03

"Eldorado"'s band The Restless consisted of Chad Cromwell and Rick Rosas. The EP contains different mixes of three songs that subsequently appeared on Young's 1989 album Freedom, "Don't Cry," "On Broadway," and "Eldorado," and two tracks not available on any other recording, "Cocaine Eyes" and "Heavy Love." The "Don't Cry" track on Eldorado is longer than the later version published on Freedom (5:00 vs. 4:14).

From Album Review of Neil Young and the Restless: Eldorado by Allan Jones:
The simple fact is that 'Eldorado" is probably the greatest guitar rock album ever.

Parts of it are like nothing you've ever heard, holocaustal, post -apocalypse ruptures and manglings, great bloody swathes of feedback, random distortions, and gashes of sound, the reckless weather of psychotic abandon. It's almost as if Young listened to the rather docile, reverential cover of his songs on the "Bridge" tribute album, listened to The Pixies and Soul Train and Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. and thought to himself, "Hey, kids - THIS is how you do it..."At which point, he plugs in his guitar, cranks the volume up to max and begins to roar.

(Full review @ Album Review of Neil Young and the Restless: Eldorado by Allan Jones.)

More on Eldorado from the FUNHOUSE! reviews by Steve Vetter (Farmer John).

Also, see Eldorado: Albums In Order Review Series by Mike "Expecting 2 Fly" Cordova.

Also, see 1986 Buffalo Springfield Rehearsal with Neil Young, Stephen Stills & Richie Furay rehearsing songs "Road of Plenty" and "Eldorado".

Also, see NYAS Broken Arrow Issue Number 036 - August, 1989 Eldorado: Albums Review by Ian MacCarthy, page 35.

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At 10/06/2020 02:15:00 PM, Blogger Roberto said...

Thanks for this one, incredible to watch at full #Horse blasting sound !
Around 6:20 there a wonderful purple light on the Ole Black and she looks even more beautiful than usual :-)

Another right song at the right time, I suppose

Stay safe and wear your mask, COVID-19 is not that friendly to meet...

At 10/06/2020 03:47:00 PM, Blogger Josh W. said...

I'm eager to hear a high quality recording of "Road of Plenty," an early incarnation of "Eldorado" that absolutely smokes; there's a cool version available on YouTube.
I really like what Neil was doing in the late 80's, which happens to be about when I became aware of him via "Rockin'in Free World" on Saturday Night Live. I got Freedom shortly afterward, and I've been a disciple ever since.

At 10/06/2020 10:18:00 PM, Blogger Sedan Delivery said...

Weld is one of those albums that changed my life. I remember exactly where I was the first time I heard it. Had never heard guitar playing like that before.

Also, El Dorado may be my favorite Neil album. I bought it on cd at generation records in Greenwich village. Didn’t even know what it was. This is my favorite type of Neil, amp cranked to 12 and screaming out in raw emotion. Makes everything else sound like kid stuff. Definitely looking forward to this release.

At 10/07/2020 03:41:00 AM, Blogger davide said...

Tue Buffalo show from 1991 has been already broadcast twice in its entirety a couple of times on NYA a few months ago. Maybe if you write to Neil it will be broadcast again

At 10/07/2020 11:53:00 AM, Blogger Andy said...

They should put Eldorado on the site right now. It is previously released. All of Neil's other previously released music is on there - this item should be present too. They are trying to time the digital release with the physical release. I don't know why. Somebody might say, "But it was never available in North America." But, it always was available on import and was easy to get at your local record store in the 90s.

At 10/07/2020 11:58:00 AM, Blogger wsanjose01 said...

was anyone else there the night Eddie and Sammy played a BSB? It was a pleasant surprise to me even tho it was printed on the program, duh

At 10/07/2020 12:30:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Bumped from thread last year on CITC via
by the immortal Scotsman.

Sixty To Zero borrows the riff from the electric version of Masters Of War that Neil had recently played with Bob in June 1988, and the overall arrangement and cinematic approach is influenced by a number of Dylan's heavyweights.

The Freedom "trimmed down" version of Sixty To Zero was extensively (and very atmospherically) overdubbed with electric guitar and possibly Ben Keith's pedal steel, so it will be interesting to hear if the long version is also overdubbed. Did they overdub and then trim down, or vice versa?

The original performance on Weld from Pittsburgh 1991 originally featured the "artist and producer" verse, but it was edited out prior to release, on both the CD and the Briggs laser disc mix, among other minor edits.

For a great frantically-performed version, Neil thoroughly exhausted near the end of a long tour but still giving his all, try listening to the great audience tape of the LA Sports Arena gig from 26th April 1991 (Roll Another Number is missing from this particular tape and the version from the following night is substituted). There are various other brutal performances of Crime In The City from 1991, and I'm very glad the famous Jones Beach 1988 version (as highlighted by Jimmy McDonough) got a surprise release on Bluenote Cafe.


At 10/07/2020 02:19:00 PM, Blogger Peacelover Doc said...

Off topic but Jane Loyd sent a really touching letter to Neil. Thought maybe everyone could think some positive thoughts for her & her family

At 10/07/2020 03:18:00 PM, Blogger Phil said...

Breaking news !
The six first official bootlegs are listed on NYA. They should be released in april 2021.
2 of them are incredibly exciting: Bottom Line 1974 and a compilation of Ducks recordings...


At 10/07/2020 06:36:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Roberto - yes1 Purple light on a Ole Black background. Beautiful!

@ Josh W. - cool on Saturday Night Live.getting you on the neil train.

@ Sedan Delivery - fore sure Weld & El Dorado cranked to 12. definitely Volume Dealers.

@ davide - how about some other Buffalo previews too?!

@ Andy - you could ask neil.

@ wsanjose01 - glad to hear you caught that gig. so much music history at the BSB.

@ Scotsman - are you out there somewhere?! We miss you and your thoughts.

@ Peacelover Doc - thanks will check out. sidetracked by next item.

@ Phil - thanks, blogged @

Ducks! Quack, quack! "Nuclear Quack"!

At 10/09/2020 11:48:00 AM, Blogger Abner Snopes said...

Neil Young was on the verge of losing a lot by the end of the 80's. Anecdotally, I hung out with many alt rock people at this time, while in graduate school, and they were starting to doubt that he had anything left in the tank. El Dorado then literally came as a sonic bomb. It was almost like Neil was coming back from the dead as a new and even more explosive version of himself. The EP did not make major impact as the release was so limited, but for those of us who heard it, there was a what the fuck moment? This barely contained anger, noise, desperation, and existential depth has rarely been heard on any recording. I knew, at least from instinct, that Neil was "back" in the sense of returning as the crucially major artist that he is: singularly creative, setting a new bar. Just amazing.


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