“The Joel Bernstein tapes” redux
Bootlegs have always been a big part of my love for Neil. He has always been good at playing songs in different versions. It may be with different bands, in different genres or moods, performed acoustic or electric and so on. One of the holy grails of Neil boots was “The Joel Bernstein Tapes”. It was a private tape of favourite performances of the acoustic solo parts of The Neil Young and Crazy Horse tour late 1976 recorded from the mixing desk by sound technician Joel Bernstein.
In his Archives Performance Series these old live shows are released in chaotic order. It is a joy to be still alive to be able to experience all these releases. I love it and I give Neil two thumbs up for his generosity. And “Songs for Judy” is one of the better.
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“Time fades away” redux
In October 1973 Neil Young released the live album “Time fades away”. It was the follow up to the smash hit album “Harvest” from the year before. But as always with Neil he did not pick the easy path and followed “Harvest” up with a similar album. Instead he offered a live album with eight unreleased songs. They were premiered during the Neil Young and the Stray Gators tour following “Harvest”. I have always found “Time fades away” a curiosity more than great. Yeah man, I love it but the songs are somewhat abrasive. Now Neil has released another live-album from the same tour.
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Waiting for Ragged Glory
This is a way too early album review of Neil’s new album “Colorado”.
Earlier this year news came from Neil Young’s excellent web site that he was going to re-release and expand the 1990 album “Ragged glory” including 40 minutes of unreleased material. A double LP of studio material from the session that brought us one of Neil’s very best albums. I was ecstatic. But we seasoned fans of Neil Young are used to waiting and thus, we are still waiting.
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Slippin’ and slidin’
This is such a diverse album with a range of different styles, yet it feels very cohesive. It is the strangest thing. Cohesion via diversity? It all connects in a beautiful way. All the songs feel like they belong. Almost all anyway…
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Purple words on a grey background
This is the very first Performance Series to see the light of day. It was released back in 2006, and it’s a glorious vinyl record. Neil and Crazy Horse live at Fillmore East, New York, in March 1970. Neil is joined by the second line-up of Crazy Horse with Danny Whitten, Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina and added Jack Nitzsche on piano. This brief early 1970 tour was the last tour with Danny Whitten who tragically died in 1972.
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Thinkin’ about what a friend had said
So, with “After the gold rush” the ever-changing nature of Neil’s is on display. It’s a journey with Neil. If Bowie was like a chameleon adapting to the new trends quickly, Neil is like a volcano, sometimes calm and soothing (acoustic and country), sometimes violent and loud (the Godfather of grunge).
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Let me be your country man
This album is very similar to the recently reviewed “Sugar Mountain – Live at Canterbury House 1968”. Three months later, in February 1969, Neil played solo at the Riverboat coffee house in Toronto. Neil is very talkative and seems to be in a great mode. He has some fun anecdotes from his life. I get the feeling he is more relaxed or more at ease with the venue or perhaps, the audience. I love some of the banter with the audience and when he talks to Bruce Palmer.
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