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Monday, May 02, 2022

RELEASED: Neil Young's 1989 "Road of Plenty"/Eldorado EP

Neil Young's 1991 "Road of Plenty"/Eldorado Japan EP 
"Probably the greatest guitar rock album ever"
~~ UNCUT Magazine's Allan Jones

With the official re-release last week of Neil Young's long awaited 1991 "Road of Plenty"/Eldorado Japan EP, a major gap in his hefty discography has been plugged. (See Neil Young Official Release Series #4 Box Set.)

Recently, we have posted a series of Comments of the Moment regarding the upcoming Neil Young Archives Vol #3 planned for 2022.  In particular,  the brilliant comment by Tomatron,who lays out his "Dream Mix" for Neil Young Archives Vol #3 combining songs from the albums Eldorado and FREEDOM.  


"Road of Plenty" has also appeared as an import titled "Eldorado". An album review UNCUT Magazine's Allan Jones modestly said: "The simple fact is that 'Eldorado" is probably the greatest guitar rock album ever." Jones continues describing the album's sound as: "holocaustal, post-apocalypse ruptures and manglings, great bloody swathes of feedback, random distortions, and gashes of sound, the reckless weather of psychotic abandon."

1989 - Reprise 20P2-2651 (CD-EP, Japan and Australia only)

"Cocaine Eyes" – 4:24
"Don't Cry" – 5:00
"Heavy Love" – 5:09
"On Broadway" – 4:57
"Eldorado" – 6:03

"Eldorado"'s band The Restless consisted of Chad Cromwell and Rick Rosas. The EP contains different mixes of three songs that subsequently appeared on Young's 1989 album Freedom, "Don't Cry," "On Broadway," and "Eldorado," and two tracks not available on any other recording, "Cocaine Eyes" and "Heavy Love." The "Don't Cry" track on Eldorado is longer than the later version published on Freedom (5:00 vs. 4:14).

From Album Review of Neil Young and the Restless: Eldorado by Allan Jones:

The simple fact is that 'Eldorado" is probably the greatest guitar rock album ever.

Parts of it are like nothing you've ever heard, holocaustal, post -apocalypse ruptures and manglings, great bloody swathes of feedback, random distortions, and gashes of sound, the reckless weather of psychotic abandon. It's almost as if Young listened to the rather docile, reverential cover of his songs on the "Bridge" tribute album, listened to The Pixies and Soul Train and Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. and thought to himself, "Hey, kids - THIS is how you do it..."At which point, he plugs in his guitar, cranks the volume up to max and begins to roar.

(Full review @ Album Review of Neil Young and the Restless: Eldorado by Allan Jones.)


Neil Young's new release "Official Release Series Discs 13, 14, 20 & 21" is  now available here.

Also, see Neil Young Official Release Series #4 Box Set.

More on Eldorado from the FUNHOUSE! reviews by Steve Vetter (Farmer John).

Also, see Eldorado: Albums In Order Review Series by Mike "Expecting 2 Fly" Cordova.

Also, see 1986 Buffalo Springfield Rehearsal with Neil Young, Stephen Stills & Richie Furay rehearsing songs "Road of Plenty" and "Eldorado".

Also, see NYAS Broken Arrow Issue Number 036 - August, 1989 Eldorado: Albums Review by Ian MacCarthy, page 35.

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At 5/02/2022 02:04:00 PM, Blogger Nimrod said...

The version of Don't Cry on this EP is possibly the "nastiest" recording Neil ever made. My God, what beautiful distortion. It's in my top 10 Neil songs.

At 5/02/2022 04:38:00 PM, Blogger Old Black said...

I love this E.P. I love the music, I love the separate insert sheet inside the booklet with the Japanese / English lyrics, I love the weird wrap around slip of paper that only seems to come with Japanese C.D's, it's a joyous little thing and seems so of it's time as a product. I remember being SO excited when I found a copy in the import section of Tower records in London. As I commented recently, I've just got the ORS box with it in, but I'll never part with the original.

At 5/03/2022 02:50:00 PM, Blogger Dionys said...

As per tentative announcements on NYA I believed that "Road of Plenty" is another PS-project. If "Eldorado" needed another title, then "Times Square" (Outtakes) to me appears more appropiate, because the original album handed in to the record company had this title. Strangely this record project did not re-surface with the evolvement of NYA.

At 5/04/2022 04:19:00 PM, Blogger Steve L said...

El Dorado is the sonic equivalent of sipping the cask strength version of my favourite malt whisky

At 5/04/2022 05:05:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Nimrod - agree. totally.

@ Old Black - likewise. and we'll never part with our original either. Altho not sure if that little paper slip has been lost along the way...

@ Dionys - good point on "Road of Plenty". When we were posting we meant to try and clear up the title. alas

@ Steve L - nice. a very fine beverage indeed. well aged for sure! Better than 17 Year Aged any day.


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