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Friday, March 25, 2022

Neil Young's Official Bootleg Series: Next 3 Vinyl Boots | NYA

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Per John O. on NYA, the NEXT THREE VINYL BOOTLEGS | NYA  are available for preorder on  The Greedy Hand.

The next three entries in the Official Bootleg Series—Royce Hall, I’m happy that y’all came down (Dorothy Chandler Pavillion), and Citizen Kane Jr Blues (The Bottom Line)—are finally and officially available for preorder!

The first singles are available to stream in hi-res right here on NYA, and you can watch the official music videos for each tune on their respective infocards.

The deeply oxidized rusties among you will have heard these shows before—they never sounded this sublime, so I hope you dig them all over again—but what excites me about this series is the opportunity people will have to sit down with these recordings for the first time. No need to dig around seedy corners of the internet or time travel to the kind of bygone record store that might keep this kind of thing under the counter with the other less-than-legal wares.

So, without further delay, I invite you to get into that under-the-counter mood: light one up (local ordinances permitting), head on over to the Official Bootleg Series playlist for a perfectly legal listening experience, and click yourself through to the Greedy Hand to buy some bootlegs, baby!

-john o


Neil Young's Official Bootleg Series
image via Rusted Moon 

In 2020,  Neil Young announced details on the 1st 6 ‘Official Bootleg’ releases.

The six official bootlegs are:
  1. "Carnegie Hall" (OBS 01) - Solo concert at Carnegie Hall, New York on December 4th, 1970
  2. "Royce Hall" (OBS 04) - Solo concert at UCLA, Westwood, CA on 1/30/1971
  3. "I'm happy that ya'all came down" (OBS 03) - Solo concert at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, LA on 02/01/1971
  4. "Somewhere Under The Rainbow" (OBS 06) - Neil Young & The Santa Monica Flyers at the Rainbow Theater, London on November 5th, 1973
  5. "Citizen Kane Jr. Blues" (OBS 06) - Neil Young solo in the club "The Bottom Line" on May 16, 1974
  6. "High Flyin '" (OBS 02) - Neil Young & The Ducks in the summer of 1977
"Citizen Kane Jr. Blues" (OBS 06) - Neil Young solo in the club "The Bottom Line" on May 16, 1974
"Revolution Blues" from album "On The Beach" is now an "official audio" on YouTube. 

(More about Neil Young's legendary concert at "The Bottom Line" on Rusted Moon)

"Royce Hall" (OBS 04) - Solo concert at UCLA, Westwood, CA on 1/30/1971

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

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At 3/25/2022 04:45:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

umped comments from previous thread ...

At 3/25/2022 11:46:00 AM, Blogger Greying Rider said...

Release dates for OBS 03, 04 & 05 are finally up! 5/6/22! Finally, the superb Bottom Line gig is coming in its best quality. No Ducks yet though.

Pre-orders are available in USA but not yet in UK/EU store. We also have a few snippets on NYA.

Interesting that a new OBS 02 is now on the cards that was not previously announced. Any ideas what this could be?


(renamed my handle to Greying Rider as now realise there was a earlier named Grey Rider. Apologies Grey Rider!)

At 3/25/2022 02:27:00 PM, Blogger Phil said...


When NY announced last year the release of 6 bootlegs, the OBS 02 was the Ducks one. The numbers are not chronological and logic. That's Neil :-)

By the way, the sound of Revolution Blues, available on NYA, of Bottom Line is tiny and metallic. Better than the well known bootleg but far away from a high quality record as Carnegie Hall... Anyway, it's a treasure.


At 3/25/2022 04:14:00 PM, Blogger Tomatron said...

Royce and Chandler are virtually the same show. In terms of setlists, the only difference is that Royce has Down By The River. But I still find “I’m happy that y’all came down” the more desirable release, since none of the tracks can be found anywhere else, and Royce Hall was mined for Harvest, Time Fades Away, and the Archives Vol 1. And that worn old cover art is so cool!

I’m way too excited for Bottom Line. It was a thrill to hear Neil in his prime via a cassette recorder and to read the background on the gig, which can be found on the back cover of the album art if you are looking at it with the desktop version. Spooky stuff.

At 3/25/2022 07:26:00 PM, Blogger Thomas said...

I’m not sure how many more early 70s solo live releases we need from Neil - this period has been exhausted surely - it’s time for Toast and Alchemy after years of teasing them

Having said that I’ll be buying them all!

At 3/25/2022 08:27:00 PM, Blogger Thomas said...

Actually the Citizen Kane album covering the On The Beach material will be great
The other two seem unnecessary to me

At 3/25/2022 09:16:00 PM, Blogger Richie Cruz said...

I'm happy he's calling the Bottom Line show "Citizen Kane Jr. Blues". That really should have been the title of "Pushed It Over the End", in my humble opinion. Of course, that might be because Citizen Kane is one of my favorite films.

Actually, I always thought that Neil and Charles Forster Kane had quite a bit in common with each other, for better or worse. Two fiercely independent characters, here's hoping Neil is happier in his old age than Kane. It helps to have people around you that truly love you for who you are. Kane was alone at the end, Neil's lost so many friends. I pray the people around him now care for him the same way that folks like Pegi, Elliot, Briggs, and Ben Keith once did.

At 3/26/2022 02:31:00 AM, Blogger ANDREW BYROM said...

Ordered, expensive week being a NY vinyl collector, no complaints though. Given the Bottom Line is taken from the original analogue tape the bootlegger used the sound is great. I'd love to hear the story on how Neil got hold of this tape.

At 3/26/2022 03:02:00 AM, Blogger Greying Rider said...

Thanks for clearing that up Phil. Makes complete sense that Neil is not being chronological or logical. Was kind of hoping the three Canterbury House '69 sets would be crowbarred into this series as 002, though I don't know if there is a bootleg of these for them to qualify as OBS.

Looking forward to seeing how many of the Bottom Line raps make it into the OBS release. Neil's responses to letters have been quite vague ("Some raps are in, some are out") but at least we 'should' be getting the all important recipe for honey slides....

Anyone care to speculate on what could be up next for OBS 07 and beyond? I already put in a request for 1984's Catalytic Reaction and Neil said they would look at it. Fingers crossed!


At 3/26/2022 03:07:00 AM, Blogger Steve L said...

They are now also listed as available on the UK store, £18.99.

Cant wait for Bottom Line Club.

At 3/26/2022 03:08:00 AM, Blogger Steve L said...

Available for pre-order I mean.

At 3/26/2022 04:04:00 AM, Blogger Simon said...

Does anyone else's bootleg of "I'm Happy That Y'all Came Down" have track 1 listed as "It's so hard to Wait"? I got hold of this on my very first trip to America, in a record shop on Haight Street, and was so excited to hear Neil singing that beautiful Springfield song.. Had to wait till getting back to London to listen to it as my friend didn't have a record player. My god I stared at that cover for hours, willing the music to materialise! Imagine my disappointment on finding it was just "On the Way Home"...

Always wondered about "It's so hard to Wait" as it's credited as a co-write with Richie.. How much input did Neil have? It doesn't seem like a very typically Neil-like chord progression... Anyone know?

Excited for the Bottom Line show, (my burnt CD is long dead), the others I might give a miss after Carnegie Hall and Young Shakespeare.

At 3/26/2022 04:37:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

He's beating these early solo acoustic offerings into the ground. Methinks the Ducks is of far more innarest...

At 3/26/2022 06:07:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Citizen Kane Jr. Blues - my first Neil boot!
Opened up another world for me. Had a CSN
Shoreline show first that also enlightened me to
the underworld of awesome live music, so much
different from the Frampton/Skynyrd live LP's
I had as a youngster. The illegalness of it all
made it that much better. And the straining
to hear the music through the hiss of the 41st
generation of the tape copy. This all of course
before CDs came into play. I had a couple 'shares'
with some others where they wouldn't take the tape
copies, as at that point I couldn't make a CD copy
(old man new trick problem)so they eventually just
sent me their CDs and told me to 'get with it man'!

Oh to be 'Young' Again.....


At 3/26/2022 09:06:00 AM, Blogger Dionys said...

Those early boots go by different names. Citizen Kane Jr. Blues also was re-issued as First Plane Outta Here, with a totally anachronistic Neil Young 1986 era photo on the cover. That variant also included the so-called Elektra demos. Can anyone point out the other aliases for the upcoming releases?

At 3/26/2022 05:30:00 PM, Blogger GordonHobs said...

Regarding Royce Hall 1971

Peter Kraege (on NYU):
"Has anybody ever spent a thought on why this is a part of OBS? There never was a bootleg with Royce Hall Jan 30 recordings. Needle on Harvest, Love In Mind on TFA [& Heart Of Gold, Disc 11 NYA Vol 1]. Have I missed something or is it Neilish disarray? Should be on PS to my opinion."

At 3/26/2022 06:57:00 PM, Blogger GordonHobs said...

@ANDREW BYROM - In reply to "Given the Bottom Line is taken from the original analogue tape the bootlegger used the sound is great. I'd love to hear the story on how Neil got hold of this tape." - The Bottom Line 1974-05-16 show was broadcasted by WNEW/WNYU FM (e.g. Ry Cooder who played before Neil Young on that night was broadcasted & bootlegged, too (e.g. Therefore the story how Neil got the tape is easy to explain. And you can continue another story which goes like 'Legend has it that Neil Young was at The Bottom Line to see Ry Cooder, and was so inspired by his gig that Neil followed with an off-the-cuff one-hour acoustic guest' with 'and quite by accident there was a radio station recording it'!

At 3/26/2022 07:48:00 PM, Blogger zuma11 said...

I'm almost certain the Bottom line was not broadcast on the radio. That was just a ploy the bootleggers used to allow the Bottom Line to be sold under grey market rules that in some places allow radio broadcasts to be legally bootlegged.

The Bottom Line was taped by Simon Montgomery (it's in the NYA credits). Simon maintains the concert chronology and gives "special thanks to Joel Bernstein for his contributions and assistance.". I assume Simon just provided his tape to Joel.

At 3/26/2022 09:19:00 PM, Blogger Richie Cruz said...

Yeah, I agree with the last post. The Bottom Line show didn't sound like a radio broadcast to me, just a very good sounding booteg.

I had many Dead tapes that came from radio broadcasts, and they all sounded better than the Bottom Line show. Plus a radio broadcast is on a certain schedule, I highly doubt they would have broadcast an additional hour long unscheduled performance, even by Neil.

At 3/27/2022 11:23:00 AM, Blogger Hans said...

I have enough solo performances at the moment. I am waiting for bootlegs with Crazy Horse and other bands with loud guitars!




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