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Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Farm Aid 2024: Saratoga Springs, NY, Sept. 21 - Lineup, Tickets

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Farm Aid 2024 will be in Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) on Saturday, Sept. 21.

This year's lineup includes:   

Mavis Staples, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Lukas Nelson with The Travelin’ McCourys, Charley Crockett, Joy Oladokun, Southern Avenue, Cassandra Lewis and Jesse Welles, with more artists to be announced. 

Board members performing include: Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp & Dave Matthews (with Tim Reynolds).  Margo Price presumably as well, altho no mention. 

No news on whether Crazy Horse will perform with  Neil Young following the cancellation of the 2nd Leg of “Love Earth Tour”.

Tickets sales start tomorrow. 

Pre-sale: A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be available beginning at 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday, July 24. Visit farmaid.org/tickets for more information. 

Public Sale: Tickets for Farm Aid 2024 go on sale on Friday, July 26, at 10 a.m. ET and will be available for purchase at LiveNation.com

More on last year's Farm Aid concert @ About That Time We Went To Farm Aid and A Bob Dylan & The HeartBreakers Concert Broke Out ... 


"Maggie's Farm" 
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Thursday, July 18, 2024

NEIL YOUNG ARCHIVES TIMELINE CONCERT OF THE MOMENT: Halifax, Nov 5, 1996 w/ Crazy Horse


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From Concert Film Year of The Horse (1996)


A new  Timeline Concert of the Moment is now streaming on NYA.

The latest Timeline Concert is from the Broken Arrow tour w/  Crazy Horse at Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on Nov 5, 1996.

From The Flying Scotsman | Patreon:

The 5th November 1996 Neil Young and Crazy Horse show from Halifax, Canada has never circulated amongst fans…

 …not even as a bootlegged field recording.

That changes today, because Neil’s archivists have just released the entire gig—professionally recorded from the mixing desk—as a website exclusive “timeline concert”.

It’s basically a new live album in its own right, a full-show accompaniment to Year of the Horse.

If you’re an NYA subscriber, be sure to take a listen (and let me know in the comments what you think).

I will say, right off the bat, that I’ve always wanted to hear this gig —

After all, any setlist that finishes with the one-two punch of the final two songs here (I won’t name them, just in case you want to enjoy the authentic concert experience without a setlist) is certainly an eye-grabber.

But does the actual experience live up to the imagined one?

Full article @  The Flying Scotsman | Patreon.

Show setlist details at Sugar Mountain  sugarmtn.org/sm_show.php?sh 

More on Neil Young Archives Timeline Concerts.

Also, see Neil Young Archives: Complete Listing of "Timeline Concerts of the Week" + UPDATE: NYA Subscriber News.

Here is a listing of all of the Neil Young concerts on the NYA Timeline.

Also, see Timeline Concert Highlights on Neil Young Archives | Only Castles Burning | SubStack.

 
TIMELINE CONCERT OF THE MOMENT | NYA 

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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

MORE CANCELS: Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse “Love Earth Tour” Leg #2 & Beyond

Sting Replaces Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse as Headliner @
  Beyond Bourbon & Beyond 2024 Festival 
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As if the news of cancellation of all remaining dates of Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse “Love Earth Tour” Leg #2 wasn't bad enough ... it gets worse.

Now we have the announcement that Sting has replaced Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse as the headliner for the Beyond Bourbon & Beyond 2024 Festival due to   “Covid consequences.”

So not only has the Canada Leg #2 canceled, along with 2 Texas dates and Chicago date but Ohana Festival and Hollywood Bowl dates are canceled, as well, per Sugar Mountain.

So that leaves the big question on Farm Aid 2024, Saratoga Springs.

Normally by this time of year, Farm Aid has announced venue, artists, ticket sales, etc.  But here we are in mid July and nothing officially from Farm Aid whatsoever.

Neil Young Archives has provided very limited info on what is happening.  Although Neil continues to answer letters as recently as yesterday July 15.

So, “Covid consequences.” Really?!

  "I watched the needle take another man": 
Neil Young Takes The Jab 
 

Well, very, very hopefully,  no damage done by the needle ...

"I sing the song because I love the man 
 
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On The Beach Album by Neil Young: A 50 Year Old Masterpiece

Rare "On The Beach" Poster with Neil facing camera
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The album On The Beach by Neil Young has long been considered to be essential and core to the "Ditch Trilogy/Quadrilogy/Quintology/Sextology".

In honor of the album's 50th anniversary we bring you "On The Beach: A 50 Year Old Masterpiece" by Mike "Expecting To Fly". (via RUST Group)


On The Beach: A 50 Year Old Masterpiece 

Neil Young's On The Beach - 1974
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On The Beach was released on July 19, 1974.  I remember listening to it over and over.
 
I didn't really know what to make of it at first because it was so different than anything else I had ever heard from Neil or from anyone for that matter. But the album kind of crawled into my mind and shaped itself into one of the best listening experiences I have ever had. 
 
The songs are so incredibly intense. 
 
I just loved the answer to critics expecting another Harvest in the form of the songs Walk On (and later on Ambulance Blues.) The beauty of the song written 5 years earlier See The Sky About To Rain, the best (I think) version of the song ever. "I'm a black bat baby, hangin' on your window pane" and other lyrics foretell Neil's later relationship with oil and the companies who produce it on Vampire Blues.
 
And then there is side 2, possibly the best album side of all time by anyone. 
 
"I need a crowd of people, but I can't face them day to day"; oh, the consequences of becoming famous for your work. The title song of the album has some of Neil's best bluesy jazzy guitar work and some really moving lyrics. The atmosphere it creates is hauntingly exhilarating and beautiful. 
 
"Well all those people, they think they've got it made, but I wouldn't buy sell borrow or trade anything I have to be like one of them. I'd rather start all over again." 
 
These are some of the hard-hitting lyrics in Motion Pictures and are deeply important to me. The wonderful Ambulance Blues closes out the album. The entire song is compelling and I can listen to it in my head anytime I want but I love to play the record to listen. "I never knew a man could tell so many lies, he had a different story for every set of eyes, how could he remember who he's talking to, 'cause I know it ain't me and I hope it isn't you" is a verse that resonates through generations.
 
I love the On The Beach album. It's an important part of my life, then and now. If anyone asks about an album that has aged well, think of this one.
 
Mike
Expecting To Fly

Thanks so much for the memories here E2F & RUST Group!  And it is definitely that time of year to not only be on the beach but in the water.  Stay cool and keep reaching for those seagulls.

More on Neil Young's "Ditch Quadrilogy": "Time Fades Away", "Tonight’s the Night", "On the Beach" & "ZUMA". 

+ "Ditch Trilogy/Quadrilogy/Quintology/Sextology"

Neil Young's "Ditch Quadrilogy":
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Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Is "Down By The River" on Early Daze Album Really Take #1? + Comment of the Moment

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Last month, the archival Early Daze album by Neil Young and Crazy Horse  of ten early studio recordings was released and greeted "somewhat eagerly" by fans.

We say "somewhat eagerly" because our calling the release "non-essential" -- due to containing unreleased versions, alternative mixes, stereo mixes instead of mono -- was roundly pushed back on here in comments.

A new Neil Young with Crazy Horse album titled Early Daze, which is comprised of ten early studio recordings, will be released on  June 28.

Turns out, there have been a few revelations with Early Daze release. Not the least of which is whether the classic jam "Down By The River" was really the very take of the song?

Our Comment of the Moment on REVIEWS: "Early Daze" Album by Neil Young and Crazy Horse by Ron:

I have been pondering the Down By The River 'is it really take one' question myself.

It does indeed sound like the EKTIN version apart from the vocals, but could they really have nailed that performance on 'take one'?. Perhaps, if it had previously been rehearsed, but we know how Neil usually likes to work. According to the recording dates on NYA both versions were recorded on the same day. Ultimately it doesn't really matter, it sounds great, but I remain curious - maybe I will pen a Letter To The Editor and ask Neil.

When Early Daze was first mentioned I mistakenly assumed it would include recordings that predated EKTIN, but apart from the versions of DBTR and Cinnamon Girl they were all in fact recorded post EKTIN. Maybe some of the other songs that appear on Early Daze were tried for EKTIN as well but weren't up to scratch at that time. I have been really enjoying listening to Early Daze though, great sound and performances. I also enjoy the studio banter and Neil's voice sounds so young!

I reread some of the passages in Shakey that relate to this period last night, and I was surprised to read about an apparently great version of Helpless that they played in the studio which was 'lost' because the recording engineer hadn't pressed the 'play' button. Is this version on 'Early Daze' the 'lost' version somehow now found, or a similar version or a completely different version?

Also I am very curious who is playing the electric guitar part on Helpless - is it Neil or Danny? The credits on NYA just say 'guitar' for both of them. To my ears the tone and sound of the electric guitar part sound unlike any other Neil performance I can think of, so maybe it's Danny?

I guess the point I was somewhat clumsily trying to make on DBTR take 1 or not was, regardless of how much rehearsing of it they had done (and I'm sure there would have been at least some), it seems to me quite remarkable to capture the fully formed performance of the the musical parts of the EKTIN released version on a first take. It's not one of Neil's simpler pieces either, so bravo to them!

Regarding Winterlong, Decade was a big part of my Neil Young journey, and although not one of my all time Neil favourites I have always enjoyed it. I always find it interesting to hear different versions of Neil's songs, acoustic versus electric, with Crazy Horse versus solo or with someone else, etc. The Early Daze version is a worthy addition in my opinion.  
Many thanks to all the reviewers and comments - I have watched and read them all. Some great insights and observations - much appreciated.

Can't wait for Archives III !

Great question here Ron and many thanks for the CotM.

Maybe only Neil himself can clarify this?  Could the Early Daze version of "Down By The River" simply be just the same take as Everybody Knows but a different mix of vocals?  Or a different music take mixed with different vocal take?

 

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Sunday, July 07, 2024

REVIEWS: "Early Daze" Album by Neil Young and Crazy Horse

Early Daze 
 Neil Young with Crazy Horse
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Here are a few album review excerpts of "Early Daze" by Neil Young and Crazy Horse.

From First Impressions: Early Daze by Neil Young With Crazy Horse | The Old Grey Cat:

Archival releases are often aural Rorschach tests destined to confound casual fans and critics alike, while sending longtime devotees of the artist into a tizzy. 

Such is the case with Early Daze, a 10-track collection of leftovers from Neil Young’s initial run with the re-named Rockets. Neophytes and others will do better to crank Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere or whatever ad-hoc “best of” playlist the streaming services have on offer. The rest of us, however, will dig listening to all the notes, nooks and crannies.  

...

Early Daze isn’t a “lost” album in the same vein as Chrome Dreams, Homegrown or Hitchhiker, however. 

The tracks were recorded in Los Angeles throughout 1969, candidates for something yet set. Among the gems: a rendition of “Down by the River” that was recorded on the same day (January 17, 1969) as the Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere version. It’s a little looser and less polished, but not by much. It’s an enthralling jam. “Cinnamon Girl,” recorded on March 20, is on hand, too, though in its April 1970 single/mono incarnation meant to capitalize on Neil’s then-success with CSNY. The mix features a guitar outro not heard on the EKTIN LP, which was released 11 months earlier.

From Neil Young 71: Early Daze | Everybody’s Dummy:

The biggest surprise is Danny’s “Look At All The Things”, with Neil harmonizing and not quite at the level of the perfect take on the first Crazy Horse album two years later. 

It turns out “Helpless” was tried first with the Horse before CSNY got it, and has a slightly faster but still laid-back lope. “Birds” is the same take as the alternate B-side version, but here includes the second verse skipped on the 45. Then it’s back to the beginning of the year for the first take of “Down By The River”, this time with supposedly the original scratch vocal. 

The music on Early Daze is not incendiary; there are a lot of acoustic guitars, some country influence, and Jack Nitzsche on electric piano. While everything has been freshly mixed—as opposed to done and dusted in 1969—there’s a rehearsal vibe to a lot of it, as opposed to sounding like polished album tracks.

And here is Davy's video review of "Early Daze" by Neil Young and Crazy Horse.

From Weekly Neil: Look At All The Things | Medium Rotation by Patrick Hosken:

But I like focusing in on “Look At All The Things” to hear the real Danny Whitten instead of the myth, or the half-remembered version Neil evokes in a drunken haze midway Tonight’s The Night on the incredible “Come On Baby Let’s Go Downtown,” a song Whitten wrote about scoring drugs.

On “Things,” Whitten is bold and assured, his country croon fleshing out what’s really a skeletally thin song embodying horniness. The version he leads on Crazy Horse from ‘71 is borderline Spectoresque in its multi-voice grandeur — almost disorienting in how the voices swallow up the song and disappear down a black hole in stereo. Early Daze captures Whitten and Neil, two birds on the same branch, offering little more than a simple take on a version of a love song. I like that.

I also like to consider the alternate timeline where Whitten cleaned up his act enough to join Neil on the Harvest tour in ‘73 and remained with it enough to sing a tune in the middle of the set, exposing his talent to new audiences. It didn’t happen. But both Rod Stewart and Everything But The Girl covered Whitten’s song “I Don’t Want To Talk About It” — which bears more than a passing resemblance to The Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses,” a song released a few months later — and found mild chart success in the years after his death.

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