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Monday, April 10, 2023

50th Anniversary Edition of Neil Young's On The Beach Album Planned

Rare "On The Beach" Poster with Neil facing camera
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A 50th anniversary edition of Neil Young's On The Beach album is being planned, per a recent Letter to Editor on Neil Young Archives.

"Yes. we will be having a ‘50th’ On the beach. i am getting right on it."


In 2022, we posted on The Essentials: On the Beach by Neil Young | The Old Grey Cat where the album OTB is considered to be the critical link in Neil Young's "Ditch Trilogy/Quadrilogy".

We sense a surge in relevance of On the Beach to the these times in which we live.  The parallels between the 1970's and today are unmistakable to all but those  asleep and unaware of the pending Big Shift.

More on Neil Young's "Ditch Trilogy/Quadrilogy".

Neil Young's "Ditch Quadrilogy" 
(see Neil Young's "Ditch Quadrilogy" Re-Re-Release is Finally Coming! Official Release Series Discs 5-8 (4CD): May 12, 2017 Release)


Also, see:


Neil Young On The Beach: Reflecting on Reflections 

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At 4/10/2023 11:13:00 AM, Blogger wardo said...

Maybe the outtakes he left off Archives Vol. 2 will be included as the bonus tracks?

At 4/10/2023 11:23:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

excellent suggestion wardo!

and maybe the OTB poster? And prints from the OTB photo session?

Hopefully with proper vinyl reprinting with the umbrella design inside jacket.

It was kinda a disappoint when TTN album vinyl re-release didn't include run out groove etching.

Certainly no detail will go unmissed w/ OTB 50th.

At 4/10/2023 07:04:00 PM, Blogger Richie Cruz said...

Don't do it, Neil. Please leave On The Beach as it is, always was, and hopefully always will be. No extra songs, no outtakes, no filler, none of that garbage.

You released a perfect album in 1974, nothing can improve on that. Anything you add takes away from the masterpiece, which is often the case when artists cash in on some meaningless anniversary crap. If anything was left off the original, there's a reason. What was originally released was perfect.

I know I'm probably a lone wolf on the subject, but I've always believed you're okay being a lone wolf most of the time as well. I know the Neil Young of 1974 would think this is a bad idea, I'm hoping the Neil Young of 2023 still feels the same. Please leave On The Beach as it was meant to be. Hope you think about it.

At 4/10/2023 08:00:00 PM, Blogger Still young said...

Have an issue with concept of a Quadrilory instead of a Trilogy .Having lived through the release of the first three albums and going from disliking ,not relating ,I was too young and not life experienced to fully understand the full meanings of a lot of the songs.I always saw Zuma as a return of the Horse while the other albums were a more personal insight to Neil's state of mind. I suppose you should include Homegrown because of the time frame but I prefer to have the trilogy be left as it was

At 4/11/2023 01:26:00 AM, Blogger Alan said...

On The Beach will always be a masterpiece. We have our Records. Nobody is shoving extra tracks onto it. No. Need to buy it or listen to it.

But I am very curious to hear what there is to hear in related outtakes, definitely. Other versions of songs are valued by nearly all of us. Let us have it all….

Best wishes to all. Your Brother Alan in Seattle

At 4/11/2023 07:17:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

It'll be a must-have,no doubt.Cees Mostert,the Netherlands,Europe.

At 4/11/2023 12:57:00 PM, Blogger Nimrod said...

I'm sure it'll be incredibly overpriced as all anniversary sets always are. That latest Dark Side of the Moon release was like 300 dollars for what essentially added up to a bunch of high quality cardboard.

At 5/08/2023 12:31:00 PM, Blogger NYBD11-12 said...

"Citizen Kane jr. Blues" aka Live at the Bottom Line 1974, has great acoustic versions of 4 On the Beach songs, including all of Side 2. This show occurred before the release of OTB, so they were new songs to the audience.

PS Important to note that OTB was the 3rd Ditch LP recorded, but the 2nd one released.

PPS This WNEW Bottom Line concert has two more songs -- For the Turnstiles and Flying on the Ground is Wrong.

At 5/08/2023 07:30:00 PM, Blogger NYBD11-12 said...

After more closely listening to "For the Turnstiles" and "Flying on the Ground is wrong" on the WNEW tape, I'm fairly certain that they're not from the Bottom Line show. The former has a background singer on the chorus. On the latter, Neil sounds different -- stoned, frankly.
It could be from one of the Carnegie Hall 1970 shows.

Sorry to provide misleading info.

At 5/03/2024 12:44:00 PM, Blogger Jeff said...

at last no 50th anniversary yet announced. the album was released july 74. hurry up


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