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Sunday, March 14, 2021

FILM: "A Short Visit To The Neil Young Archives" + Comment of the Moment: INTERVIEW: Frank “Poncho” Sampedro & "Rust Bucket’

A Short Visit To The Neil Young Archives | NYA

A film from May 2000 -- directed by LA Johnson --  titled "A Short Visit To The Neil Young Archives" has been posted on Surf Shack | Neil Young Archives. (Thanks Steven F.!)

The 10 minute film walks thru the vaults of NYA revealing the astonishing motherlode of what is and what will be someday, including unreleased albums, concerts and films.  (Also, see The Making of The Neil Young Archives Vol#1 and ARCHIVES VOL. II: 1972-1976 Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set Out November 20 | NYA.


‘Way Down in the Rust Bucket’  - Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse
"Let me go on record as saying that I think this 'Way Down in the Rust Bucket" is the best Crazy Horse record we ever recorded.
 I love it! "
~ Frank “Poncho” Sampedro, Rolling Stone -  March 2, 2021


Also, the Comment of the Moment is from the post INTERVIEW: Frank “Poncho” Sampedro - Neil Young, Crazy Horse Guitarist | Rolling Stone by Dan on recently released album  ‘Way Down in the Rust Bucket’  - Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse:
    We finally got the time to watch the DVD of Way Down in the Rust Bucket last night.

        The songs that were featured on NYA last year every Friday did nothing to prepare us for what we experienced last night. By the time we got to the encore, my wife was absolutely spent. She said that each set could have been a whole concert on its own.

        Listening to the albums was (for me) a sonic revelation. Watching the entire concert was a totally physical revelation. The old cliche “ it was like being there” is an understatement. This was the most fun I’ve ever had at a concert without actually being there. I love the fact that the video was left as is, rough around the edges and grainy; ragged glory as it were. It felt like experiencing an historical event that had been lost to the ages, and somehow, unexpectedly discovered by an archeologist. This concert is the musical equivalent of discovering dead sea scrolls.

        Anyone with kids who have an interest in music, either playing it or just listening asks “what it was like going to a concert back in the day” should have the opportunity to witness this film......LOUD!!! It will answer many questions they may have. Like “why is it so important to play in the moment”, or “What does it mean, “being in the zone”. What is the value to “play with feeling over technique? “Why are mistakes just as important as accuracy”? “Why is the joy of playing more valuable than the money you can make”? All this and more is openly on display in this one performance.

        This document is an extraordinary example of the power of rock and roll, and its value to the heart, mind, and soul. One doesn’t even need to like Neil Young and Crazy Horse to see the glory of the “group mind” playing music. There’s intensity, humor, musicality, heartfelt and emotional lyrics. There is the simplicity of T. Bone creating an opportunity to just jam for the sake of jamming, the cinematic Cortez the Killer, the anthemic Love and Only Love. The provocative Bite the Bullet, and Farmer John. This show covers a lot of ground, and it takes its sweet time doing it.

        The pure joy on stage I felt listening to the 4 LP’s, was in plain view on the DVD. A great band playing in a great venue for a great audience, and no one was holding anything back. This was a concert for the ages, and it should be witnessed by as many people as possible, but be prepared to be completely exhausted after seeing it.

        I can’t wait to experience it again, and again and.........

        Peace 🙏
Thanks Dan.  So cool you and your wife got to enjoy this experience 3 decades after the fact. As we often like to say to anyone who cares to listen, see and hear: "May The Horse Be With You & Yours!"

We had a very similar scene @ TW w/ Thrashette on occasion going "so we saw this tour?" 

While we both did see the 1991 WELD tour, the vibe and song selection are so vastly different it's hard to believe how close together they occurred and how much had changed by the time The Horse came to our town in Largo, Maryland.  

As the "Inextinguishable Scotsman" declared succinctly: "RUST BUCKET: the sound of Ragged Glory transforming into Weld."

Also, see:


Deluxe Box Set Edition (DVD, 4 LPs, 2 CDs)
by Neil Young w/  Crazy Horse 
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At 3/14/2021 11:50:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

Righteous, Dan! Thanks for writing up your experience. I love the vibe of the show and there is a lot of humor to be enjoyed. Surfer Joe, T-Bone, and Bite the Bullet are amusing songs. Neil even changes up the lyrics (Camille, Ferris wheel). They faux chuckles the band throws in after the line “when Time was just a joke” are classic. The band is at the perfect threshold of loose AND tight. Casual, yet intense. As I have said, Rust Bucket is my all time favorite live Crazy Horse album. Poncho said the same.

At 52, I am a young old guy with ADHD; for me, listening to the whole show or watching it does not leave me exhausted at all. It just makes me happy. Listening to this soundtrack while driving, even my 16 year old daughter informed me that I have given her a deep appreciation of good rock & roll, in so many words. Her friends all have parents who missed the Mark. They failed to play good rock and roll for their kids, she said, which is a sin, as I see it (the word Sin literally means “to miss the Mark”). Even tho I have overplayed Neil Young in the past for my kids, they can’t help but love his music. And this Rust Bucket show is the ultimate. We are all so grateful it was discovered in Neil’s vault. His prolific output and instinct to real ease new material over ok’d has now made the Archives an incredible experience to behold. I highly recommend the Alchemy show from Australia on NYA, and I love it very much. Rust Bucket still gets the prize, but we get to have it all! And here comes Young Shakespeare! Alan in Seattle

At 3/15/2021 11:22:00 AM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

@Alan : I completely agree with you. This is a high water mark for Neil & the Horse without question. And just to clarify, when I said we were spent it was in the best possible way. We were exhausted by the adrenaline rush we experienced. Just like walking back to our car after the Alchemy performance we attended at Red Rocks. Exhausted with joy.

Peace 🙏


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