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Friday, May 06, 2022

RELEASED TODAY - Neil Young's Official Bootleg Series: Next 3 of 6 | NYA

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


As Neil Young has been announcing now for several years now (see Neil Young's Official Bootleg Series: Next 3 Vinyl Boots | NYA ), bootlegs are now finally being officially released.

Today,  the 2nd batch (3 of 6) from Official Bootleg Series is being released at long last. (UPDATE: the 1st release in OBS was Carnegie Hall 1970.  See REVIEW: The Neil Young Official Bootleg Series -- Carnegie Hall 1970 by Harvey Kubernik. Thanks Eddie! )

Officially released today and now available on Neil Young's Archive website are:

  • Royce Hall (1971-01-30) 
  • I'm Happy ... (Dorothy Chandler Pav. 1971-02-01) 
  • Citizen Kane ... (Bottom Line 1974-05-16)



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.


-john o


Neil Young's Official Bootleg Series
image via Rusted Moon 
From John O. on NYA:

First, enjoy a lovely evening at UCLA’s Royce Hall on the 1971 solo tour, and then, just two days later and on the other side of town, a legendary bootleg from the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion in downtown Los Angeles. These releases join Carnegie Hall, Young Shakespeare, Massey Hall, and Live At The Cellar Door to bolster one of the most compelling arguments for live music you’ll hear anywhere: these records capture the subtle variations from performance to performance, how those performances are influenced by the vibe of a specific physical space and the mood of a specific audience, how it may be “all one song” but even the same song is never the same from night to night.

And then, what can I say about Citizen Kane Jr. Blues from The Bottom Line that hasn’t been said? I’ll let Neil say something in my stead:

In 1974, on May 16th about 2:30 am in a famous NYC music club located in Greenwich Village called ‘The Bottom Line,’ I climbed onto the stage with my guitar and played eleven songs, including many new unreleased ones plus three that had never been played in the studio or anywhere - ‘Citizen Cane Jr Blues,’ ‘Long May You Run’ and ‘Pardon My Heart’.

In my mind it’s a hazy memory, but this moment really captures the essence of where I was in 1974.

Two months later, the album ‘On The Beach’ was released, including songs I played that night - ‘Ambulance Blues,’ ‘Revolution Blues,’ ‘On the Beach’ and ‘Motion Pictures.’

Folks at ‘The Bottom Line’ heard seven new songs for the first time. I just remember I was 28 years old, bare and letting it all out.

Some of you NYA subscribers weren’t yet born when these records were recorded—the most precocious among you may not have been born when these official (re-) releases were announced (what’s up, you cool babies)—but now we can all ride a honeyslide* back in time and pretend we were there.

You can hear the NYA-exclusive full, unedited concerts on the NYA Concert Timeline —Royce Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavillion, The Bottom Line— or at the bottom of each album’s tracklist on the web or in your NYA mobile app.

-john o

*Honeyslide is an unregistered trademark of Shakey Pictures Records. No rights reserved. Must be 21 or over to use for the purposes of time travel. Local ordinances and restrictions apply. Please see your childhood best friend’s weird older brother for details. Don’t do drugs; Keep your grades up.

(NOTE: Not that we would ever suggest either, but the legendary "Honeyslide recipe" has been posted on TW since the late '90's, fwiw.)

Also, see First Impressions: Citizen Kane Jr. Blues by Neil Young | Old Grey Cat.

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

(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 5/06/2022 01:25:00 PM, Blogger eddie77 said...

I thought Carnegie Hall was the first so these would be 2nd, 3rd and 4th?

At 5/06/2022 02:10:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Thanks Eddie. So updated post title. That work better?

btw, are you THE Uncle Eddie???

At 5/06/2022 02:27:00 PM, Blogger eddie77 said...

Thank you and yes, it sounds better.

Well I have two nieces but, no, I don't think so....whoever THE Uncle Eddie is...who is he?

At 5/06/2022 02:38:00 PM, Blogger Jim said...

Had started listening to Buffalo Springfield "Again" when it was released so was already along for the ride when I saw "I'm Happy Ya'll Came Down" in a head shop. It was in Flint, Michigan visiting cousins there when I found it. Brought it home and one of the cousins spilled milk on it right away but it still played great. After a few months the cover looked exactly like the one on the bootleg series. Had it till I gave away my 3,000 first pressing promo LPs with backstage passes pasted to them just before a move south. They would have been in the truck in June for three weeks. Didn't get a chance to see Neil (and the Gators) till the first few weeks of 1973 but that Rubber Dubber bootleg was my favorite for years and years. Lots of energy and he was so funny he even got the taper to laugh. Too bad the rust list isn't around anymore but we've got Thrashers Wheat.

At 5/06/2022 04:19:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Eddie - thanks. this is the story of THE Uncle Eddie ...

@ Jim - great memories! Thanks for sharing.

3,000 first pressing promo LPs with backstage passes ?! Yowsa?! Guess you wish you still had so you cash in and retire! wait, you're retired, right?!

Thanks for the kind words. Rust got sucked into socmed. and TW is still here!

We joined rust@death in 1993. almost 30 years. You were one of the originals from early rust, right?

At 5/06/2022 05:59:00 PM, Blogger eddie77 said...


Many thanks. Very interesting.

Good old Uncle Eddie!

We have much to thank him for....

PS: I googled 'Uncle Eddie' and a very unsavoury person was among the results. Glad it wasn't him!

At 5/06/2022 06:12:00 PM, Blogger mrtew said...

So there are two bootlegs still coming? Carnegie Hall was brilliant but Citizen Kane still sounds as bad as the "real" bootleg did and the other two sound identical to eachother and the other identical concerts from that year; they're fantastic but too much of a good thing. I guess the HighFlyin &UnderRainbow are still on the way??? They sound like they could be super cool but it's weird that this article doesn't say anything about their release, or is everybody else just as clueless as me? At least say that then! Or have they been out for two years and I missed them and can't find them???

At 5/06/2022 07:17:00 PM, Blogger wardo said...

@mrtew: Citizen Kane was mastered from the bootlegger's original cassette. So it is the real bootleg, as opposed to Royce and Dorothy Chandler, for which Neil used his own multitrack sources.

At 5/07/2022 07:13:00 AM, Blogger das814 said...

Feeling old...I was 20 yrs old when I heard "twenty-four and there's so much more" not to mention later, "I just turned twenty-two, I was wonderin' what to do"
Young college student buying boots just off of Harvard Square in Cambridge, now turned grandfather for the first time six months ago.
The old boots still have a special place in my heart and on my shelf. As Dylan said "time is a jet plane, it moves too fast" Thanks, Doug...from a time before personal computers

At 5/07/2022 07:47:00 AM, Blogger das814 said...

And yes, I bought El Dorado at what seemed an outrageous price at Tower Records in Boston, before it all turned to condos or something. Happy that my granddaughter and Neil's music keeps me young.

At 5/07/2022 04:56:00 PM, Blogger Jim said...

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