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Monday, July 18, 2022

VIDEO: Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse @ Fuji Rock Festival, 2001-07-28

 Fuji Rock Festival Poster
2001-07-28, Naeba Ski Resort, Naeba, Japan
via Sugar Mountain
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Much discussion lately regarding the "lost masterpieces" uneARThed on TOAST album by Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse.
Here is a rare video of Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse @ Fuji Rock Festival, Japan on 2001-07-28. (thanks Ron!) 



"Goin' Home" @ ~24:00:00.  Also, be sure to check Poncho pounding on Neil's back @ ~28:00:00.  And check Larry Cragg on piano @ ~29:00:00 pounding away.


Neil Young - 2001


"TOAST" & "Are You Passionate?" 


Also, see:

  • Comment of the Moment #2: First Impressions - Toast by Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse 
  • Comment of the Moment: First Impressions - Toast by Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse
  • REVIEW: "TOAST" - Unreleased 2001 Album by Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse | Davy's Cinema Flicks & Music Picks
  • First Impressions: Toast by Neil Young with Crazy Horse | The Old Grey Cat 
  • Comment of the Moment: Neil Young's Unreleased 2001 Album "Toast" w/ Crazy Horse
  • "TOAST" Finally Pops: Unreleased 2001 album by Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse
  •  Comment of the Moment: PREMEIRE: "Timberline" from Neil Young's unreleased 2001 album "Toast" w/ Crazy Hors
  • PREMIERE: "Timberline" from Neil Young's  unreleased 2001 album "Toast" w/ Crazy Horse 
  • Comment of the Moment: "TOAST": Neil Young's Unreleased 2001 Album w/ Crazy Horse Set for 8th July, 2022
  • Comment of the Moment on "Toast" - A Roadstory: Neil Young Shares Thoughts on Unreleased 2001 Album by Tony "Hambone" Hammond in the UK.  (See  "Toast" - A Roadstory: Neil Young Shares Thoughts on Unreleased 2001 Album.)
  • More on interview with Frank “Poncho” Sampedro, Neil Young, Crazy Horse Guitarist [discusses TOAST] | The Aquarium Drunkard. 
  • Also, see ‘Are You Passionate?’ Turns 10 Years Old and Neil Young's Album of the Week: 'Are You Passionate?' + Defending AYP?

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    At 7/20/2022 03:35:00 AM, Blogger Tomatron said...

    Great time for the Horse. When the timeline concert from that tour was uploaded, the melody from Gateway really stuck in my head. And that’s no small feat since those things aren’t the most easily accessed content, other than the concert of the moment. But the tune kept coming back to me. Neil now expresses real regret over not having released Toast at the time. I say, don’t be so hard on yourself, sir. Are You Passionate, while not a banger in its time, has grown in appreciation from the fanbase. For me, it beats out the three studio albums that followed. If he had put out Toast like he says he should’ve, AYP would never have been. And I venture to say Toast, for its part, could very likely have been panned at the time. Now, with patience, we have both records. What a treat. Can they be reconciled into one grand statement? With the magic of playlists, this is possible. Here’s my favorite way to overdo it:

    At 7/20/2022 03:36:00 AM, Blogger Tomatron said...

    1. Boom Boom Boom
    I just really love this song as a warm up to the journey to come. It’s totally original, with plenty of space between the notes for the studio stank to seep through. Plus, it was one of the first tunes recorded for the sessions and is a more tantalizing introduction than either of the albums’ kickoff tracks.
    2. You’re My Girl
    3. Mr. Disappointment
    4. Differently
    5. Quit (Don’t Say You Love Me)
    Since AYP was what we heard first, it’s only fair to proceed with a quadruple threat from that 2002 CD. You’re My Girl is just the sweetest dedication that I bet a lot of parents can relate to. Then you get immersed in the MGs’ treatment of otherwise unheard Toast material and the super soulful Differently and practically go swimming in that soupy B-3 sound.
    6. Standing In The Light Of Love
    7. Goin’ Home
    8. Timberline
    9. Gateway Of Love
    10. How Ya Doin’?
    This is a perfect point to switch off into Horse territory. We are ready to rock! Standing In The Light Of Love was the first fully Toast Toast we got to hear. It kicks ass. The heart of Toast remains intact and the heartbroken vibe does not let up for over half an hour. Awesome. I think that’s enough time to return to Mr. Disappointment; he sounds even more disappointed with the slower tempo and more honest voice.
    11. Let’s Roll
    12. Are You Passionate?
    13. Goin’ Home
    Yes, that moment is here. That moment when we listen to Let’s Roll. We can’t skip Let’s Roll, can’t pretend it didn’t happen. When heard as an ode to the bravery of regular people in the face of terror rather than as the hawkish call to deployment it could be taken for, Let’s Roll is actually a pretty cool song, and the band more than do it justice. Somehow, despite all the strife of blowing off one record for the next, enduring pained relationships and national trauma, a loose narrative still seemed to break through in Neil Young’s sequencing of AYP, something we can see he took seriously with all the possible permutations of song orders on the back cover. The family and marriage themes of the early tracks give way to the shock of attack and burden of war. Nothing else needs to be said about the title track but it’s perfect and beautiful. And what an impact the AYP version of Goin’ Home made, and makes still. We all love the brutal drumming and the brutal ending. It was a characteristic stroke of genius to include one Crazy Horse song on the album, and it was *this* song. This is the mythical Crazy Horse, from the lost sessions. It retains this quality here.
    14. When I Hold You In My Arms
    15. Be With You
    16. Two Old Friends
    17. She’s A Healer
    And yet, Are You Passionate rolls on. Again, contrasts are crucial when it comes to the flow of an album, a film, a story or work of art of any kind. The epic bleakness of Goin’ Home gives way to the folksy hand wringing of When I Hold You In My Arms, and it wouldn’t have worked better in any configuration. We are lucky to have the ebullient Be With You to buoy us up into the warm embrace of the best Motown feel the MGs have to offer. And Two Old Friends, a fan favorite, serves the purpose of relieving some of the weighty themes posed by the mid-album 9/11 inspired songs before She’s A Healer performs a similar function for the heartsick husband of the earlier tracks. Thrasher’s Wheat contributors seem to generally agree Healer is a high point of the record and possibly exceeds the excellence of its Toast counterpart. Either way, it’s a hell of a finale.
    18. Quit
    Ok, I’ll say it. This is the superior version of the song. The funny thing is, the two are so alike, they should stay as far apart as possible: 20 years, or at least the better part of a playlist’s distance. But that’s not the only reason Quit landed here. Inclusion as a coda to our listen symbolizes the wait we had to finally hear Toast. And the sadness of “don’t say you love me” turned out to be the truest end to this story, taking us back to the beginning in a legendary little San Francisco recording studio. Let’s go listen to Toast again, on vinyl this time.

    At 7/20/2022 12:07:00 PM, Blogger Greg McGarvey said...

    Hey folks. This account has the Fuji Rock concert in full (in two parts).

    At 7/20/2022 01:41:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

    @ Tomatron - What a playlist. As you say, the magic of playlists makes this all possible.

    Thanks for our Comment of the Moment @

    @ Greg - good to hear from you our long lost friend. hope you're doing well these days.

    thanks for link update!


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