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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Neil Young's "The focus, a gift": Reflecting on Reflections

Reflecting on Reflections
Neil Young on CSNY 1974 Tour
 Oakland, CA - 7/13 or 14/74
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This past weekend, we posted on A Message From Neil Young: A PANDEMIC AND A RARE GIFT  | NYA.

In Neil's message he writes of how the events of 2020 brought "The focus, a gift".

The focus and the gift. (For us, a variation on "The Vista and The Muse.")

The focus was the gift, which has brought us an "avalanche of an embarrassment of riches" -- or as we characterized previously -- Expecting to Calculate Neil Young 2021: Numbers Add Up To Nothin' ... or "A Rusties Holy Grail".

So here is a rundown on what is coming on Neil Young Archives  ... or, expecting to go broke ...

  • 6 ‘Official Bootleg’ releases - scheduled for release in April August 2021.  Titles include:
    • Carnegie Hall Dec 4, 1970 - 1st show - Release date now: MAY 7, 2021
    • Royce Hall. January 30, 1971
    • Dorothy Chandler Pavillion [sic]. Feb 1, 1971
    • Under The Rainbow. Nov 3, 1973
    • The Bottom Line aka ‘Citizen Kane Jr. Blues’ May 16, 1974
    • The Ducks - ‘Trick of Disaster’ August 1977
  • Original Recording Series (ORS) #4  - Albums in Hi-Res: Hawks and Doves, Reactor, This Note's For You, Eldorado. Release date: 5/28  TBD
  • Original Recording Series (ORS) #5  - Albums in Hi-Res: Freedom, ‘Smell the Horse’ - Ragged Glory Extended (+ 4 more tracks), Weld + ARC.  Release date:  August 6 2021. UPDATE: "Weld will be released as a 3 vinyl version in ORS Box Set #5. Arc will also be released on vinyl in the same ORS#5. The Weld DVD is scheduled to be released at the same time as the Weld Vinyl.
  • Original Recording Series (ORS) #6 - w/ "Sleeps With Angels”  - November 26, 2021.
  • Original Recording Series (ORS) #7 - w/ “Broken Arrow” - tentatively scheduled for summer of 2022. 
  • Live Alchemy - Crazy Horse Tour 2012/3.  Release date:  October 29, 2021
  • EARLY DAZE (unreleased Crazy Horse) - coming in '22
  • CSNY 70 / 71 Fillmore East - coming in 2022 w/ 4 camera video of CSNY
  • Landing On Water - coming in high resolution
  • Buffalo Springfield Boxset - outtakes have been added to NYA
  • Bridge School Series  - "in a new part of NYA in the coming weeks"
  • A Snapshot in Time" 'Barefoot Floors' is also included on NYA Volume 3 in ‘a snapshot in time’ disc 3. This is a documentary tape of me playing the songs on stars n bars for Nicolette Larson, Linda Ronstadt and David Briggs before we went into the studio. I think it’s the best recording. It may have been done separately in the studio."
  • Noise and Flowers -  live concert album of the 2019 tour with POTR 
  • Live Mirror Ball - in concert w/ Pearl Jam (DVD and CD); 
  • Timeless Orpheum - solo 2019 on DVD; 
  • Toast - unreleased Crazy Horse album 
  • WELD Series - concerts from the 1991 Weld Tour 
    • Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, on 1991-02-16
  • Concert Performance Timeline:
    • San Jose, 1984-06-06,  w/ The International Harvesters  
    • Boulder, Colorado, Nov 6, 1976 w/ CH
    • Antwerp, July 9, 2019 w/ POTR
    • Paris, 11 dec 1989
    • Stockholm, 3 jul 2001
    • Kelowna, 22 apr 2009
    • Hunter Valley, 9 mar 2013
    • Belfast, 7 jun 2016 (3h !)   
  • Outtakes - "Coming as outtakes and some are in albums like ‘Crazy Horse Early Daze’ and others . . . . unreleased."
    • Cinnamon Girl studio jan 1969
    • Winterlong studio oct 1969
    • Everybody's Alone studio CSNY oct 1969
    • Sea of Madness studio CSNY feb 1969
    • Last Dance studio dec 1972
    • New Mama studio dec 1972
    • Motorcycle Mama studio jan 75
    • Long May You Run studio jan 75
  • Neil Young Archives Volume #3 -  CD set (12) and a Blu-Ray set (9) for NYA Volume lll.
      A compilation of tracks from a total of ten concerts in the Boarding House, San Francisco based on Joel Bernstein's original notes - and thus a supplement to the 'BOARDING HOUSE' film, which is a continuous documentation of a single show from start to finish.
      The original material of 'Comes a Time', recorded solo.
    • GIVE TO THE WIND ORCHESTRA (1978) - Disc 4
      Live recording of a rehearsal session at Nashville Musician's Union Hall with the full album orchestra and Nicolette Larson. Neil Young: "We have the rehearsal tape done at the Nashville Musician’s Union Hall the previous day with Nicolette and I and the entire orchestra." "A gigantic recording - 10 or 11 songs with the orchestra, Nicolette and I sing live." 
    • JOHNNY'S ISLAND (1982)  
      An unrealized album recorded acoustically with the trans band in Hawaii, three tracks of which were later released on "TRANS". Finished with 7 unreleased tracks + the 3 Trans acoustic.  "Johnny’s Island, is not ‘Island in the Sun,’ but does include some of the music from that unreleased record, in addition to other rare unheard songs."
    • OLD WAYS (1984)
      First version of the later album of the same name, rejected by the Geffen label
    • FREEDOM LIVE (1989)
      from the Europe Tour with Poncho and Ben Keith
    • ROAD OF PLENTY (1990)
      "Rockin 'in the Free World" with Poncho Sampedro, Charlie Drayton, Steve Jordan of the cast for the performance on "Saturday Night Live" and other highlights from the rehearsals for that performance.
      •  Eight films:
        • CRAZY HORSE WORLD TOUR (1976)  Tokyo Budokan / London Odeon Hammersmith
        • BOARDING HOUSE (1978)
        • RUST NEVER SLEEPS (1979)
        • HUMAN HIGHWAY (1982)
        • TRANS ANIMATED MOVIE by Micah Nelson and Neil Young, 2021
        • BERLIN (1982)
        • SOLO TRANS (1984)
        • IN A RUSTED OUT GARAGE (1986)
        • MUDDY TRACK (1987)


All on top of the earlier announcement of Neil Young Adds 51 Tracks on Archives | NYA.

In a comment, Blogger Ken N. said that adding up all the discs for 2021, came to about 31?! However you add this up, it's 100's of unreleased tracks, songs, versions coming our way. You would have to go back to  2009's "deluge of 16* Neil Young discs" to compare such prodigious prolific productivity.

As they say, "the best is yet to come" ... lucky us.

A Message From Neil Young:  

Also, for more on "Yet Even More New & Old Neil Young Still To Come.  

Feeling overwhelmed by the bounty?  This should help ...

"A Rusties Holy Grail" 


Thank you Uncle Eddie for helping focus Neil's attention on his unreleased catalogue! (See "Uncle Eddie's NYA - New Tier?": Neil Young Releasing Everything in 2020 on NYA.)

Bumper stickers will be issued. #UncleEddie
via UNOFFICIAL Neil Young Unreleased Archive - NYUA | Twitter


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At 3/30/2021 07:15:00 PM, Blogger Thomas said...

If a quarter of these materialise I’ll be very happy!!!

At 3/30/2021 11:33:00 PM, Blogger Thomas said...

Although obviously the way 2021’s started I expect it all to be released eventually

At 3/31/2021 12:00:00 AM, Blogger Ken N. said...

Official Bootlegs are now coming in late August.

At 3/31/2021 12:02:00 AM, Blogger Ken N. said...

ORS #4 not coming in May.

At 3/31/2021 04:22:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Ya, i had not seen that confirmed either the release of ORS #4. The assumption that its coming, because Eldorado is being re issued in May, but do we have any idea when its being released ?

At 3/31/2021 07:38:00 AM, Blogger Seamus Mc Donnell said...

Best but a 1tb microSD card for my Pono,then

At 3/31/2021 11:08:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Thomas - 2021 has been a good year thus far and only a quarter of way thru. As you say, all things ... eventually.

@ Ken - thanks, corrected above

At 3/31/2021 11:29:00 AM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

If memory serves, and this was recent, Neil said that ORS # 4 & 5 may not be released chronologically. It might have been in the letters of it was during the Zoom conference, but I remember that it stuck me as odd, as Neil likes everything chronological. I’m sure I’m not the only person who read or heard that. There’s just so much information coming at us right now, it’s hard to keep track.

In today’s letters in the last entry Neil mentioned driving to Stills house to rehearse for their tour and said he was listening to The Mothers of Invention on 8 Track. I never imagined Neil was into one of my all time favorite bands. He just continues to surprise me, year after year. What a character.

Peace 🙏

At 3/31/2021 11:32:00 AM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

.......that was to rehearse with CSN for their tour with &Y.

Peace 🙏

At 3/31/2021 12:46:00 PM, Blogger Lloyd Walton said...

Wintering in a cozy cabin can be nourishingly productive for an artist.

At 3/31/2021 04:19:00 PM, Blogger Thomas said...

In the LTE Neil’s confirmed Geffen has given them access for Vol III
And that he’s hoping put out a box set of all the Geffen albums

How good is the Boulder set!!

At 3/31/2021 04:33:00 PM, Blogger wsanjose01 said...

I miss those Coors Tall Boys. Remember they had the 2 round holes you pushed down thru. Probably didnt take long till a cut thumb lawsuit and well we gotta get ride o that.

At 3/31/2021 05:34:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

@ Thomas : I’m listening to Boulder right now and it’s a charmer. The Horse and Neil sound so young and innocent, it’s just nice to take a trip back 45 years and remember how innocent we all were back in 76’. The recording is a bit on the thin side but it’s still a great sounding recording compared to an audience tape. There seems to be more tuning of the guitar than a typical NY show, not sure why though. Neil opens with 8 solo acoustic tracks before Crazy Horse joins in. The crowd is pretty rowdy right from the start and Neil seems to be relaxed throughout the set. Nice version of ‘Campaigner’ to open, and ‘After the Gold Rush’ has some organ mixed in with the piano. Neil does more talking between songs than usual, and says “thank you” after most of the songs. A very strange decision to put ‘Lotta Love’ between ’Bite the Bullet’ & Like a Hurricane’, but what do I know. The epics remain epics here with a stellar ‘Down By the River’. ‘Like a Hurricane’ with Neil telling the audience at the end, “that’s a new song there”, which contains a few mistakes which I always enjoy with any live performances. A few of the newer songs (in 76’) sound a tad unformed as of yet. but that’s where the charm comes in. ‘Cinnamon Girl’ is fairly short, but we do get a two song encore with‘Homegrown’ and ‘Cortez the Killer’. A nice journey to the past and another great addition to the Timeline Concert Series.

Peace 🙏

At 3/31/2021 05:48:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Dan - right, it is hard to keep track of all projects. but we're trying here w/ a TW cheat sheet.
keep those corrections coming!

Peace 🙏

@ Lloyd - Winterlong by the deep forbidden lake. nice

@ Thomas - very promising a breakthru on Geffen albums.

Boulder set is excellent. Just heard from the requestor of concert E2F and he's over the moon as it was his 1st Neil concert.

@ wsanjose01 - when we 1st read this, we went huh? Coors Tall Boys.

of course, the image from OTB. But probably a few folks might have missed entirely, esp non beer drinkers.

being an east coaster, Coors was never an option back in the day. The joke was "Coors - made from Colorado water. Mostly Colorado water, in fact."

At 3/31/2021 06:22:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

Correction...... no organ on ‘After the Gold Rush’. My mistake, it’s on ‘A Man Needs a Maid’ that poncho (I assume) brings in the organ. ‘Too Far Gone’ is wonderful story telling. ‘Old Man’ is longer than usual. Sorry for the misinformation on my part... old brain.

Peace 🙏

At 3/31/2021 08:24:00 PM, Blogger Thomas said...

Great review! Agreed as much as you’ve heard many of these songs again and again over the years - there’s a different feel, a unique energy with each tour, each performance

For nearly 40 years Poncho, Billy, Ralph and Neil kept this magic going

To hear this gig from ‘76 and then the Day on the green performance from ‘13 and it’s still those four guys up there - it’s hard to put into words how special those guys are

At 4/01/2021 09:57:00 AM, Blogger Flyingscotzman said...

A note to those of you understandably cautious about upgrading your NYA membership (or subscribing for the first time):

Via the new Concert Timeline feature, the NYA website brings Neil (and many of his bands) into your living room to perform a diverse and thrilling series of time-travelling gigs for you.

Here's the context:

Neil has literally thousands of hours' worth of live recordings in his personal archive — far more than he could ever release to a conventional schedule. But now he has started to regularly upload complete concerts (exclusively) to the NYA website.

This a very civilised way to enjoy some live music. There are no drunk jerks spilling their beer on you, or loud-mouths babbling in your ear. It's just you, the music, your imagination, and the conversation here (you can take that last bit or leave it — your choice).

Already, we've experienced an Alchemy gig from 2013. A classic Zuma show from 1976. And a barn-storming Crazy Horse performance from Sweden 2001 that sounds more impressive than several of Neil's mainstream live albums.

And it seems fair to assume all this is just the beginning.

And at 40 dollars a year, it is essentially a gift.

After all, isn't it true that we've all spent *far* more than that on box sets that started gathering dust just two weeks after we bought 'em?

But NYA is constantly being updated, reinvigorated. It has potential to be just as much fun (and just as fresh) in 6 months as it is today.

That's a bargain.

Now, I think there are things that NYA could be doing better. There are still many small improvements (with big impact) still to make. And the longevity of the project is still in question.

(...That last point is a significant one, and always has been. That's why I'm keen for NYA to make a profit and stand on its own two feet. Projects that make a profit tend to stick around.)

Overall, though, I'm impressed so far. And the NYA team are obviously putting some effort into improving the experience.

The bottom line:

Neil is an artist famous for coming alive on the live stage. That's where he unleashes his fullest, most soulful and most intense peformances.

And already NYA has shared a generous handful of concerts surely worth far more than the price of admission.

Yes, some fans will ignore these remarkable live shows because they aren't slickly-packaged (with accompanying deluxe box set and hefty price tag).

We, on the other hand, are more perceptive. We already understand that the most priceless gems aren't always clearly on display in a fancy jewellers — instead, they need to be dug for. We need to discover them.

And there are already plenty of gems wanting to be discovered on NYA.

My advice? Get subscribed and start discovering, by all means.


At 4/03/2021 04:35:00 PM, Blogger wsanjose01 said...

yep the old joke is: what has Coors and makin love in a canoe got in common? Its fuckin close to water. never the less (taste?) its all me and buddies drank in the 80s. I wallpapered my room in empty 12 packs.

At 4/29/2021 01:03:00 PM, Blogger fpeconsultant said...

Hello - does anyone know if the Carnegie Hall Dec 4, 1970 from the "Original Bootleg Series" that is to be released May 7, 2021 is available for pre-order?
I dont see it on the NYA store.
Any help would be much appreciated.

At 4/29/2021 01:04:00 PM, Blogger fpeconsultant said...

Hello - does anyone know if the Carnegie Hall 12/4/70 that is to be released on 5/7/2021 can be pre-ordered yet?
I dont see it on the NYA store.
Thanks for any help.

At 4/29/2021 01:09:00 PM, Blogger fpeconsultant said...

Is the Carnegie Hall 12/4/70 available yet for pre-order?

At 5/14/2021 10:02:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Neil was/is a huge fan of Frank Zappa. You see him standing up and applauding at Frank's posthumous Hall of fame induction by Lou Reed. Neil is at 3:32...

Neil and Frank have a lot in common in how they approached their music, like recording at home on pro equipment long before that became common. They had an archive of tracks long before that became common. DIY magicians of music!

At 7/24/2021 01:49:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Neil...I was born in 1954 and grew up listening to Crosby Stills Nash and Young and have loved your music as a solo artist. I see you are having a concert in Hartford, USA and my hope is to see you there. Your music has brought such joy, sadness, empathy, wonderment and thoughtfulness to me throughout the years. My hope is that you have found happiness in your personal life as much as you have found joy in your music.
From a fan and a friend, who shares the beauty of Ontario.


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