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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

NEIL (Vol. 1) by Scott The Hoople: A tribute to Neil Young by Scott McCaughey with Mike McCready

NEIL (Vol. 1) by Scott The Hoople

NEIL (Vol. 1) by Scott The Hoople is now available.

A tribute to Neil Young by Scott McCaughey with Mike McCready

Neil (Vol.1) is available for streaming and purchase on, the tribute to the Canadian Loner has been recorded by Scott McCaughey with the pseudonym of Scott The Hoople. The album has been mixed by Kurt Bloch from Fastbacks and Mike McCready plays the guitar in seven songs, he recorded his parts at the Hockeytalker Studios in Seattle.

Scott McCaughey was in many bands as Young Fresh Fellows, The Minus 5, Baseball Project, The Filthy Friends and has been part of R.E.M. from 1994 to 2011, the year the Athens band broke up. In 2017, Scott had a stroke and lost the ability to talk, sing and play instruments.

As part of his rehabilitation he decided to try to remember the music he loved most during the last fifty years. This tribute to Neil Young comes from that desire. He started to work on this tribute at the beginning of 2020 and it contains many Neil Young’s less known songs. Scott revealed that he had to dig deep down in his messed up brain to try and remember those songs.

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Scott The Hoople - Neil (Vol. 1)
1. Music Arcade 05:27
2. For The Turnstiles 02:41
3. Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing 04:45
4. Buffalo Springfield Again 02:56
5. Sad Movies 03:56
6. Trans Am 05:34
7. Mideast Vacation 04:40
8. Thrasher 05:34
9. Shots 04:56
10. Almost Always 04:54
11. Ramada Inn 07:03
12. Barstool Blues 03:35
13. Light A Candle 04:11

Scott says:

For 50+ years, his music has been a huge part of my life - a source of immense pleasure, comfort, and pleasurable discomfort. 

When I had a major stroke three years ago, I lost my ability to talk, sing, make music. As I found my way back, I turned to the songs I had a best chance at recalling, music somewhere deep in the recesses of what was left of me. The Beatles and Neil were my subterranean lode ... words and chords COULD be unearthed if I tried hard and often enough. 

When this homegrown effort started taking shape, in the bowels of 2020, I consciously swerved away from much of the best known Neil songs to me, and the casual listener. Digging deeper, like I had tried to cough up favorite songs in the ditch of my fucked-up brain. 

Neil is so many things. I wanted to represent some of them. But, I also decided, hey, call it Volume One. There are a thousand more songs... "



Scott McCaughey & The Sadies Revolution Blues (Neil Young cover), Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto Canada
Dec 31, 2019

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At 11/17/2020 07:43:00 PM, Blogger HG said...

Didn't know where use to write this and don't see it mentioned yet - Timeline Concerts is up to try out - Neil has put up about 5 of them to try out. Very cool! The announcement is on front page of archives.

At 11/18/2020 06:51:00 AM, Blogger Phil said...

This Scott The Hoople is really nice and that's fun to hear covers of rare tracks, not the usual 70s ones...

But as mentioned by HG, the awesome info is on NYA: 5 complete shows are now available on the timeline with the name and the mail of the user who has requested it !!!!
Paris, 11 dec 1989
Stockholm, 3 jul 2001
Kelowna, 22 apr 2009
Hunter Valley, 9 mar 2013
Belfast, 7 juin 2016(3h !)
From my point of view, it's the biggest improvment of the Archives !
The sound is apparently not mixed but really great (better than our bootlegs, rusties !). The shows seems to be one long file each, so it's not possible to go directly on a specific song...

At 11/18/2020 07:25:00 AM, Blogger Harm said...

Concert Timeline currently offers shows from 89, 2001, 2009, 2013 and 2016. Great stuff, alas only 320kb/s and no individual tracks. Expect this to be improved once the pilot is over.

At 11/18/2020 07:45:00 AM, Blogger Hambone said...

Hey before we get too excited with the Concert Timeline lets give Scott his due.

Now I'm not really one for cover versions but I had a quick dip and ended up working through he whole album. Because it was really refreshing and well played. I loved the Beatlesque harmonies throughout and anyone who selects Music Arcade, Trans Am, Ramada Inn and Light a Candle needs attention.

Proof if any is needed that music is a great therapy - this guy couldn't talk a few years back - and I hope the recovery is continuing.

Made me also aware that for all our excitement about the Archives releases, these are all looking back. What someone like Scott does is remind us that Neil is a great songwriter and at some point his active legacy will be other artists performing and reinterpreting those songs, digging out the rare nuggets and bringing them back to life.

That's why I loved the Kurt Vile playlist on NYA a while back - now there's an artist who's inherited that slightly quirky, individualistic view of the world that will produce some great songs and I'd love to hear him cover Neil sometime.

Looking Forward

Hambone in the UK

At 11/18/2020 07:52:00 AM, Blogger Harm said...

Vast improvement indeed, I'd rather listen to a 320 kb/s front of house soundboard mix than a lossless audience recording. Whatever the Rust Tier will cost, this feature is well worth it.

At 11/18/2020 11:50:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

Thanks all on the Timeline updates. Posted @

At 11/20/2020 04:56:00 PM, Blogger jjclark28 said...

I agree with Hambone......not a huge fan of covers but this is a really good batch of covers with new musical twists to some Neil classics ! I found myself listening to this whole album and it’s really really good! Dare I say that I almost like his cover of Buffalo Springfield again better than Neil’s


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