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Friday, January 27, 2023

Unreleased 1971 Neil Young & Stray Gators Outtake: "See The Sky About To Rain" + The Johnny Cash Show | Neil Young Archives

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An unreleased 1971 Stray Gators outtake of See The Sky About To Rain” is now available on Neil Young Archives.

From April 15, 1971, this is the first released outtake from the Nashville sessions at Quadrafonic Sound Studios and co-produced by Elliot Mazer.


Also, per New This Week | NYA:

"Thanks to that same crack team of license negotiators, Neil’s appearance on The Johnny Cash Show is finally available to enjoy here on NYA without risk of us getting sued out of existence."

And, not enough new/old Neil?!

Journey Through The Past soundtrack is now streaming in its entirety on NYA.  

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At 1/27/2023 11:47:00 AM, Blogger Tomatron said...

Very much an outtake, not quite ready version that illuminates the beauty of the On The Beach album track and Levon Helm’s brilliant take. These guys do hit a groove on the choruses though! JTTP, I’ve had that one on vinyl for a while now, long overdue on NYA. The extended ambience and intro to Soldier is great, gotta have those sawmill vibes. Alabama, I’m not sure if that is the same take as the Harvest track; probably it is. But the JTTP presentation of it is the best audio encapsulation of the experimental collage approach that film was taking. The Johnny Cash clip is a real piece of history and highlights the importance of NYA as a record-keeping resource.

At 1/27/2023 12:13:00 PM, Blogger wardo said...

"See The Sky", imperfect as this version may be, still would have been welcome in the Harvest 50 box.

Also, I'm not near my vinyl, but I don't remember "Are You Ready For The Country" on JTTP being the same as the Harvest take.

All that said, the Archives site proves its worth with the Johnny Cash clip.

At 1/27/2023 01:16:00 PM, Blogger Old Black said...

I don't want to take this off topic, but Wardo mentioned the harvest 50 box in his post and I was wondering if there had been any word on rectifying the problem with the BBC dvd that was part of that box yet?

At 1/27/2023 01:45:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

@ Old Black,
I wrote a second letter to NYA and they said they are going to repress the DVD for replacement, but they didn’t say when that would be done yet.

Peace 🙏

At 1/27/2023 03:00:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Tomatron - ahh, the sawmill vibes.

Now that's a real Neil-o-phile ref for sure.

On the Johnny Cash clip being history and value of NYA, we say exactly.

It is wonderful to see history preserved in a loving fashion. Someday the future will thank us ... hopefully.

@ wardo - believe you're correct on AYRFTC? as not the same take.

@ Old Black - no worries. thanks for mentioning.

@ Dan - good to see you again. a bit worried that you had signed off for good after some of the recent unpleasantness.

Thanks for the update and your valued contributions here.


At 1/27/2023 05:17:00 PM, Blogger Old Black said...

@ Dan Swan - Thanks for the info, and for being so swift!
@ Thrasher - Thanks for understanding, and for being here for us all!

Much appreciation to you both.

At 1/28/2023 07:47:00 AM, Blogger Hayo said...

Just checked my vinyl copy of JTTP (which incidentally had been untouched since 2003), it is a different take of AYRFTC indeed, and only half the song. Would be great to have the full take on NYA!

At 1/28/2023 01:28:00 PM, Blogger Abner Snopes said...

I don't think that many people get this song.

Neil is capable of expression through natural metaphors and images. It fits into his whole humanity as an artist. Climate change threatens these ways of expression. What precisely does he mean? There is no conceptual clarity for the simple reason that it can't be and shouldn't be. Have you ever felt emotional bleakness, difficulty, and the sublime pleasure that can accompany the expression of dark emotions? Think of the scene in the film American Beauty where the kid is filming the plastic bag as the midwestern sky is pregnant with snow. The emotions expressed acquire the artistic sublime from the inexpressible depth of natural beauty. We somehow "align" ourselves with the world.

At 1/28/2023 11:45:00 PM, Blogger Tomatron said...

Good call on AYRFTC! I did recall it being a different version. Maybe it will be quietly replaced a la the extended edition of Canerican


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