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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Speaking Of Neil Young Bootlegs ...

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Yesterday, we posted an update on release dates for Neil Young's 1st six releases in the Official Bootleg Series.

Neil Young's Official Bootleg Series
image via Rusted Moon 
(For more, see  ALBUM COVERS: Neil Young's Official Bootleg Series.)
Out of curiosity on how was handling Neil Young Bootleg listings, we did a random search and came up with results where nearly one out of 3 listings were bootlegs.
The top image contains a screenshot of a CD, vinyl and DVD  bootleg title.

  • Cow Palace 86
  • Live In Europe December 1989
  • Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Year Of The Horse [DVD] (see comments below)
Given the prevalence and lack of Amazon oversight of rampant Bootleg listings, we wonder whether Neil Young's announcement of an Official Bootleg Series was motivated by the huge and long running unofficial bootleg recordings of concerts, as well as, official ripoffs.

For more details, see Surf Shack | Volume Dealers | OFFICIAL BOOTLEG SERIES |NYA.

"I’m So Happy That Y’all Came Down"
Neil Young: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles - February 1st, 1971
In June 2020, Neil Young announced that he planned to release vintage bootleg recordings with improved sound and original art.
Neil Young had already previously announced in 2019 that the Archives will eventually be hosting "Bootleg Albums".


Neil Young Goes "Bootleg Record Shoplifting" - December 1971
(See "Neil Goes Bootlifting")

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At 4/17/2021 03:24:00 PM, Blogger Dionys said...

Are you sure about the YOTH DVD? Videos and DVDs are subjecto to frequent repackaging, sometimes the inner paper inlay (is that what it's called in English?)can be turned around to make for a different outside.

At 4/18/2021 12:03:00 AM, Blogger Alan said...

Someone bought me the Bottom Line 1974 Broadcast CD as a gift on Amazon last year. I have never bought a Neil Young bootleg before. I used to trade tapes when the internet and I were young. The bootleg is a high quality FM Broadcast.

On a Separate subject...Are you all watching and enjoying the live shows popping up on Movietone? Like An Inca is an amazing opener with PotR in Santa Barbara 2018. New shows are popping up lately. I am probably the last to notice. More value at NYA. Rust tier membership: It’s worth a lot to me. Alan in Seattle

At 4/18/2021 10:39:00 AM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

@ Alan: I never bought a Neil Young bootleg either, but a friend of mine gifted me with a copy of Dorothy Chandler several years ago on vinyl. I did purchase several Beatles studio recordings on the Yellow Dog label on CD. They were actually taken from the original tapes at EMI. I have no idea how anyone got away with that, but now they are all being officially released through Apple. Bootleg recordings were always a tricky proposition, and always fairly expensive too. I’m just happy Neil is doing this series so he can make some money for himself since it’s his work.

Movietone is definitely a wonderful addition to NYA. The shows just keep coming, it’s awesome.

Peace 🙏

At 4/18/2021 01:38:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

Glad you are enjoying the Movietone shows, Dan! I am intrigued by the Beatles recordings you mentioned! Alan in Seattle

At 4/18/2021 02:25:00 PM, Blogger leftsideup said...

Yes, I wish they had continued the 1963 Beatles releases to following years. That was to beat the copyright expiration, but unfortunately (for fans), they passed legislation (EU?) to clear up that loophole.

At 4/19/2021 06:05:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Bootlegs, the dilemma, I wanted everything DYLAN in 1963, so bought Great White Wonder, then everything after, some of the material was fantastic and should have been on the albums but for DYLANS peversity.
SAME now for NY I chose not to purchase Bootlegs at record fairs both for fact NY not benefiting and, as mentioned ,RIP OFF prices but as result coudn,t replace my VHS of BERLIN get UNPLUGGED or WELD and there seem no logical reason why these weren,t put out here in uk,
Not that Logic and NY are acquainted.
Last year had opportunity to, and took, to buy job lot of 20cds, mainly dbl, Warpath 4cd,1971>2003 and have to admit don,t regret, lot of stuff that that,s scheduled plus TRANS etc.
If only NY had got his act together 10 years ago to start off a slow, controlled regular release program we all, including him, would have benefitted, and he would have had better control of his heritage and funding model for NYA and his family.
He has left things so long he has lost so many of us to old age and now the flood of releases puts a high cost on the dwindling remainder, and I suspect most will have to be selective to there regret.
You cant get in life what you want when you want it. all the best.mel

At 4/19/2021 12:42:00 PM, Blogger Art Carey said...

True Fact: the 1974 recording of the Bottom Line did not originate as a broadcast. Someone may have broadcast the bootleg tape -- widely in circulation in cassette form -- and then someone else may have recorded that broadcast.

sea of madness

At 4/19/2021 01:44:00 PM, Blogger Phil said...

Melbourne 13th march 2013 has been added on the NYA timeline...
Second show available from this tour...

At 4/20/2021 12:27:00 PM, Blogger BenW said...

The Year Of The Horse DVD is official - it's a UK, region 2 genuine copy.

At 4/20/2021 01:47:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Dionys - thanks on YotH DVD info. updated above.

@ Alan & @ Dan - yep, Movietone is showing also of neat stuff on demand now. more to come! right, Like An Inca is amazing. such a groove for PotR.

@ leftsideup - hmm. loophole?

@ Unknown - "Not that Logic and NY are acquainted."

truer words have never been spoken ...

@ Art - di not know that. we're all swimming in that "sea of madness", for sure.

time to get out on the beach ...

@ Phil - thanks for the memories! posted lots of rustie memories from that awesomely magnificent and legendary night to remember and never forget.

was their a Patron involved that we can thank?!

@ BenW - again, thanks & updated. didn't realize that official releases could be so vastly different. Bonus material wasn't even on original DVD as we recall? or was it?

At 4/21/2021 07:27:00 AM, Blogger Phil said...

The tentative released dates have been updated on NYA.
Noise and Flowers 12th november 2021, Toast 10th december (yes !!!) and other dates for ORS box sets 4-5-6 & Harvest 50th anniversary in feb 2022...


At 4/21/2021 11:35:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Phil - thanks for the updates. very awesome on Toast news.

See Toast, one of the “great lost masterpieces”:


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