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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

The Ghost of David Briggs and Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse's “Love Earth Tour”

Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse
Bristow, Virginia - May 11, 2024 
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The "Ghost of David Briggs" has hovered about the 1st Leg of Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse's “Love Earth Tour”.

Neil Young and Producer David Briggs, 1995
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Nearly every song played on the tour was produced by  David Briggs as we discussed in our post WRAPUP: Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse's Love Earth Concert Tour Leg #1 - Statistics, Links + More.  Thus far, the “Love Earth Tour” has drawn relatively deeply from the Briggs produced albums Ragged Glory (6 songs), Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (4), Zuma (4) and Rust Never Sleeps (3).

As noted in the recent Rolling Stone article by Andy Greene, the Love Earth Concert Tour "may seem like a greatest hits set, but is actually a homage to the mastermind behind the band's best work, producer David Briggs." A careful analysis of the Crazy Horse set songs (excluding the solo set) shows all songs produced by David Briggs except "I'm The Ocean".

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The late David Briggs was Neil Young's producer on several key albums including Tonight's The Night, Zuma and Ragged Glory. Briggs' influence on the recording process has been lauded as a major contributing factor to Neil Young's recording success bringing a unique "discipline" to the process.

Year of the Horse
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The "concept" for the 1996 tour and film soundtrack "The Year of the Horse"  came from longtime Neil Young and Crazy Horse producer David Briggs:

"Probably more the fifth member of Crazy Horse than anybody could ever be," says Frank "Poncho" Sampedro. Shortly before his death in November of 1995, Briggs was looking ahead to the coming year and told Young, "This is the Year of the Horse ." According to Young, Briggs also told him: "All you have to do now is get closer to the source. Keep getting purer and purer."

(source: official Crazy Horse Reprise Records Biography, May, 1997. PR for Year of The Horse, directed by Jim Jarmusch.)

Be great or be gone.” 

~~ Neil Young quoting Briggs, Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream 

Neil Young Albums Produced by David Briggs (Thanks Tom!)

1968 - Neil Young
1969 - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
1970 - After the Gold Rush
1974 - On the Beach
1975 - Tonight's the Night
1975 - Zuma
1977 - American Stars 'N Bars
1978 - Comes a Time
1979 - Rust Never Sleeps
1979 - Live Rust
1981 - Re-ac-tor
1982 - Trans
1985 - Old Ways
1987 - Life
1990 - Ragged Glory
1991 - Weld
1993 - Unplugged
1994 - Sleeps with Angels 

Artist James Mazzeo, longtime Neil Young collaborator said of David Briggs:

David Briggs had the capacity to make you feel like an integral part of the whole picture no more or no less than any other part of that picture (or song or Album) than even Neil himself.....Neil (and myself) respected David on the highest of levels when we all were working alongside his illuminations.....David was a brilliant light for all of us to work in.....he could take from us our self doubts and shadows and devour them gone....he was like a black light and the best of us came forth and glowed in his presence ....i miss David and i send 'Thank you's' to his spirit with every new piece i create.

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Wednesday, June 05, 2024

Early Daze: Neil Young with Crazy Horse Album Coming on June 28

Early Daze 
 Neil Young with Crazy Horse 
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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.

Early Daze features unreleased songs such as "Look At All the Things" and a studio version of "Come On Baby Let’s Go Downtown".  The album's 1st preview  track, "Everybody's Alone" is streaming below as "Official Audio".

The album isn't likely to be considered essential since Early Daze mainly contains unreleased versions, alternative mixes, stereo mixes instead of mono.

"Early Daze" will be released as #1 in the "Neil Young Special Release Series" in CD, LP, limited clear vinyl edition with poster.

Here are track list notes via Rusted Moon:

1. Dance Dance Dance (released on Neil Young - Archives Vol. I.) 

2. Come On Baby Let’s Go Downtown (previously unreleased version) 

3. Winterlong (previously unreleased version) 

4. Everybody’s Alone (Different Mix, released on Archives Vol. I) 

5. Wonderin’ (previously unreleased version) 

6. Cinnamon Girl (Original 7” mono mix. Released on April 20, 1970. Includes guitar outro that is missing from the LP version.) 

7. Look At All The Things (previously unreleased version) 

8. Helpless (previously unreleased version) 

9. Birds (previously unreleased stereo mix). Mono mix released as B-side of “Only Love Can Break Your Heart”) 

10. Down By The River (previously unreleased version with alternate vocals) 

"Look At All The Things" (Official Audio)

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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

WRAPUP: Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse's Love Earth Concert Tour Leg #1 - Statistics, Links + More

Like A Hurricane
Bristow, Virginia on May 11, 2024  
 Photo by thrasher
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Now that the Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse's Love Earth Concert Tour Leg #1 has concluded, it's a good time to look back as we look forward.
  Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse's Love Earth Concert Tour Leg #1
via Sugar Mountain
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Via Sugar Mountain, we can see that the recently completed tour drew relatively deeply from the albums Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Zuma and Ragged Glory with 4 songs each.

Interestingly, the setlists varied with 35 songs drawn from across 18 different albums ranging from 1960's Buffalo Springfield (Last Time Around) up to 1995's Mirror Ball.

The concerts with the most songs played was Camden, NJ - May 12 and Queens, NY - May 15 with a total of 19 songs.

There were zero concert performance debuts or unreleased song performances, unlike last year's NEIL YOUNG 2023 COASTAL TOUR.

As noted in the recent Rolling Stone article by Andy Greene, the Love Earth Concert Tour is a "homage to the mastermind behind the band's best work, producer David Briggs." A careful analysis of the Crazy Horse set songs (excluding the solo set) shows all songs produced by David Briggs except "I'm The Ocean".

More Neil Young concert statistics @ Sugar Mountain (thanks Tom! Sorry to miss you on this leg.)  

More on the “Love Earth Tour”: Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse Concerts  (see concert reviews).

 “Love Earth Tour”: Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse Concerts

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse: Pine Knob Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI - Wed., May 22

 Love Earth Tour
Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse


Tonight, Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse Love Earth Tour  is @ Pine Knob Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI on Wed., May 22.

Also, with Rev Billy as opening act.

Got a report? Drop us a comment below.

Check Sugar Mountain for setlist updates and Chronological Grid, Recording Summary, Statistics and Extras

Check back for updates, reviews, setlists, etc. 

More concert reports @ “Love Earth Tour”: Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse Concert Dates (UPDATED).

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