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Tuesday, September 05, 2023

Mastering Neil Young & Crazy Horse's 'ODEON BUDOKAN' on Vinyl

Neil Young & Crazy Horse's 'ODEON BUDOKAN'

Neil Young & Crazy Horse's 'ODEON BUDOKAN' now has a vinyl release.

The 1976 concert album was produced by David Briggs. From Engineer John Hanlon's Notebook on Neil Young's Archives site.


Mastering the LP Odeon Budokan
via John Hanlon's Notebook | NYA

The details surround the mastering of Neil Young & Crazy Horse Odeon-Budokan March 1976 concerts. John Hanlon writes:
There is no formula as to formats being digital or analog in terms of mix sources. We use the best we have always. We leave no stone unturned unless it weighs several tons, meaning if there is a tremendous amount of editing to be done or there are second and third generation master tape copies that are worn out and suffering sonically, or a given project was never really assembled in a viable analog domain – only then do we decide which to master from in terms of a given release format such as vinyl records, CDs, hi-res digital for streaming etc.

Side 1 of the album contains an intimate solo acoustic performance by Neil Young recorded at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. Side 2 contains an electric live performance with Crazy Horse, recorded at the Budokan in Tokyo.

Side 1:

The Old Laughing Lady

After The Gold Rush

Too Far Gone

Old Man


Side 2:

Don’t Cry No Tears

Cowgirl In The Sand

Lotta Love

Drive Back

Cortez The Killer

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At 9/06/2023 07:52:00 AM, Blogger Nimrod said...

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At 9/06/2023 07:54:00 AM, Blogger Nimrod said...

I thought there would be more tracks than the Archives version. Why not release the whole show? This screams cash grab. Really disappointed.

At 9/06/2023 09:09:00 AM, Blogger wardo said...

SRS 04 on the cover, SRS 03 on the labels, PS 06 on Archives.

I've offered my proofreading skills and services to Neil many times -- even more than I've offered to play bass -- and still no answer.

Still, I like the vinyl art for this more than I do the Volume II art for the same disc.

At 9/06/2023 11:23:00 AM, Blogger the rider said...

Like A Hurricane live. That would be the ultimate highlight from this 76 tour.

At 9/06/2023 11:59:00 AM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

Picked up the vinyl on Friday. Pressed in the Netherlands and it sounds wonderful. Glad to hear it on vinyl for the first time, and a quality pressing with only two little pops that should play out. Great artwork as well.

Peace 🙏

At 9/06/2023 04:58:00 PM, Blogger Dionys said...

#wardo- shsssh or your contribution will be declared irrelevant by the Flying Scotsman (see recent great (!) item concerning "Greendale" on his very own blog). While numbers add up to nothing the sequence they establish is an important first step to canonization or maybe - relevant to some fans - to appropriation, owning and belonging as opposed to just buying another record. I always tried to understand Neil Young's music as a "Gesamtkunstwerk" (term should be found in Oxford or Webster dictionaries, Neil Young said "It's all one one song"). So the fuzzy illogic of numbering maybe tells more than the picture that meets the eye. The numbers relate to both the actual order within a released set or series and the timeline which in this case not always appears to be a one-directional concept.

At 9/06/2023 05:30:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

ahh, our rustie grain friends never disappoint or cease to amaze.

@ Nimrod - if you read Hanlon's engineering notes, they used the best tapes available over the multiple nights of recording. Apparently, there wasn't enough for a full concert at the quality NY preferred.

@ wardo - well, we could also use some help around here @ TW! Maybe we could work out something mutually agreeable?

Trade our intern for your intern?

oh, that's right, we don't have interns...

@ the rider - an ultimate Hurricane is necessary.

@ Dan - glad you got a good pressing finally.

@ Dionys - thanks for Scotsman shout out on Greendale.

Scots has been cranking it out of late.

Also, thanks for the "Gesamtkunstwerk"... fuzzy illogic indeed.

keeps us rustie grains on our toes and ears.

At 9/06/2023 08:53:00 PM, Blogger Tomatron said...

That there Archives project by Neil Young sure is a work in progress. Kudos to Wardo and his eagle eyes on catching that vinyl label discrepancy. Around here such a blowup requires reading glasses used in conjunction with the magnifying glass app, and quite possibly a modicum of squinting. But that designation is not the only difference between the label and the superior new cover. The label says “2019 Silver Bow Productions”, as opposed to “2023 The Other Shoe Productions”, although both productions are proudly “Inc.”

What does it mean? This is no mere misprint. Odeon Budokan has been in production for 4 years. In 2019, it was intended to be SRS 03. Pressing was shelved, likely for the usual, global upheaval, reasons. (It’s also possible that the vinyl was already pressed snd they were only waiting for the artwork, or didn’t want to detract from the imminent release of the box set.)

Regardless, it came out as part of Vol. 2, but those discs aren’t marked other than by number within the set, Disc 10, for example. Performance Series 6 was added to NYA’s online version of the album, but of course that sort of thing can and does change all the time as Neil’s team adjusts the catalog. It’s just text on a screen, and may be different next time the page loads.

But once Odeon Budokan was back on the docket, the decision was made to: 1. Change it back from PS to SRS (makes sense, since it was meant to come out in ‘76 just like the other Special Releases were planned for their moments), 2. Move it from SRS 03 to 04, which points to another possible mid-70s shelved album yet to come to light, and 3. Keep the old labels, because why waste them, and who’s going to notice that tiny number anyway?

Of course, this points to a freed-up PS 6. NYCH late ‘76, anyone? What about SRS 03? Are there rumors circulating about any more lost albums between Homegrown and Odeon? (Assuming Neil and his team make the bold decision to PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD KEEP THE SPECIAL RELEASE SERIES NUMBERING IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER

At 9/07/2023 08:36:00 AM, Blogger Flyingscotzman said...

@Dionys: Glad you liked the Greendale rant. My cheeky remarks about the numbering thing are hereby rescinded! :-D

(PS Hi everybody).


At 9/07/2023 10:23:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

Thanks for the CotM Tomatron.

And thanks wardo for inspiration here on proofreading.

Lots of good observations on 'ODEON BUDOKAN'. Hopefully, NYA will hear the cries of our rustie grain friends.

@ Scots - hi!


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