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Friday, February 24, 2023

Neil Young Archives Outtake: "White Line" w/ Crazy Horse - 1975 | NYA

Outtake: White Line - 1975 | NYA 
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A new outtake of "White Line" w/ Crazy Horse from 1975 has been posted on Neil Young Archives.

Recorded in the studio at Broken Arrow Ranch on November 27, 1975, this is an early version of the song with Crazy Horse, which was previously unreleased.


The Early Days of Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Palladium, New York City - 11/18/76 NYC
Photo by Andrew Jarmus 
(see The Unreleased Albums of Neil Young & Crazy Horse | Aquarium Drunkard )

More on recent outtakes from NYA:

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At 2/24/2023 03:05:00 PM, Blogger Tomatron said...

Students are gone for the day. When my co-teacher too exits the classroom I will be blasting this on the computer speakers.

At 2/24/2023 03:24:00 PM, Blogger Simon said...

i was just wondering yesterday when this would see the light of day! Love this version

At 2/24/2023 06:46:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

These outtakes just keep coming. What a pleasure to be hearing these hidden gems from the past. A truly amazing time to be alive.

Peace 🙏

At 2/25/2023 04:49:00 AM, Blogger Alan said...

@ Thrasher: Thank you for the heads-up on the new version. This is one of the many, many reasons I love TW!
Your brother Alan in Seattle

At 2/25/2023 01:42:00 PM, Blogger Tomatron said...

Often the best Neil Young versions are those caught at the moment the band has learned the song. Some of these outtakes give us a glimpse of one take before this moment. Here the Horse haven’t reached the 90s gallop they hit down that old White Line, satisfied for now to plod along while they feel it out. The take lacks the emotional drive of the earlier acoustic performances as well as the horsepower with which the band would later charge it, but the hazy post-Dume field is a fine place for a test run, and the lead guitar goes to a higher place than it would in future outings. These licks lend a wistfulness that would ultimately be replaced with Ragged Glory’s stubborn macho nickel-wound riffs.

To my ears, the first element to stand out from the new NYCH ‘75 mix was the backing vocals, which remind me a lot of Ben Keith’s harmonizings. To my surprise, these were not sung by Crazy Horse, according to the archives. Neil Young is credited with all the vocals. Turns out the same is the case for Like A Hurricane, recorded two days later. Apparently Neil was overdubbing all the vocal parts, which makes sense in an environment where they are focused on capturing the loud magic in the studio. Then he and Briggs, following a playback session, would drop in some additional harmony and doubling parts. All the guys would go on to sing on both of those tunes the next chance they got.

At 2/25/2023 11:05:00 PM, Blogger Richie Cruz said...

Apparently Neil played a couple of tunes at a rally of some sort up in Vancouver today.

Introduced by Daryl, he played Comes A Time and Heart Of Gold. That's all I really know, but it's nice to see him back out there.


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