Friday, August 26, 2011

Neil Young & The Santa Monica Flyers - 1973-11-16 - Boston, MA

Neil Young & The Santa Monica Flyers
Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA
Tonight's The Night Tour

Audience master recording (taped by David M), fair quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions
Custom Artwork Included

Here's more Neil Young, and yet another previously uncirculated audience recording from David M, this one from the legendary 1973 Tonight's the Night Tour. Unfortunately, it's not a very good recording, as it was marred by an annoying, persistent humming background noise (David said that because of tight security there, the Mic was too close to the recorder and picked up motor noise from the recorder). Now, this isn't much of a problem on the louder, electric songs (because signal/noise ratio was still OK), which really sound pretty good, but this was a definite problem for the acoustic numbers, which were recorded at a very low volume (just about the same volume as the background noise), making it very difficult to hear much at all, even after amplification (which also concurrently amplified the background noise). I have tried to do what I could to reduce the background noise in these songs ('New Mama', 'Needle&Damage', 'Ohio', 'Human Highway', and 'Helpless'), and it worked (to some degree), but it also meant I had to severely dampen much of the midrange frequencies, so fidelity is not very good on those songs. I also had to jettison several sections of beween song talk because it just could not be heard or understood at all. However, all the songs are here, and between the pretty good sound on the electric tracks and the poor acoustic tracks, I gave this an overall fair quality rating, but it is still highly listenable overall. And the show itself is great, and well worth downloading and checking out, particularly as there are relatively few shows available from this tour. And this show also features an impromptu Happy Birthday to Neil from the band (and audience), even though it was not his actual birthday (which was a few nights earlier, 11/12). This show also features one of the only performances of 'Ohio' from this tour, as well an extra extended 'Tonight's the Night'  Once again, on this tour Neil came out with a bunch of new songs that the audience had never heard before (as he had in his previous Time Fades Away tour, for which the live album had also not yet been released). The Tonight's The Night album, which was recorded just before this tour started (but would not be released for another 2 years, because the record  company thought it was too dark and depressing) and this tour were notorious for providing his many new fans (from CSNY and Harvest fame) with exactly what they didn't want, generally confusing, bewildering, and sometimes angering them with songs they didn't know or much like. This was a difficult period for Neil (as was discussed in my previous post for the 'Last Album' Time Fades Away Tour here), and although the music was not received well then, it is now looked upon in retrospect as one of his greatest periods of productivity and achievement. If you haven't checked out Neil's shows from this period (and even if you have), you should check this out, as it is decidedly different from shows from any other period, and great stuff it is. Thanks again to David for making these great, authentic, historic recordings available here.  

1. Don't Be Denied
2. When You Dance I Can Really Love
3. Tonight's The Night
4. World On A String
5. New Mama
6. Roll Another Number
7. Tired Eyes
8. The Needle And The Damage Done
9. Ohio
10. Human Highway
11. Helpless
12. Band Intros - Happy Birthday Neil
13. I Believe In You
14. Cinnamon Girl
15. Cowgirl In The Sand
16. The Losing End
17. Tonight's The Night

 Neil Young - vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica
 Ben Keith - pedal steel guitar, piano, vocals
 Nils Lofgren - guitar, piano, accordion, vocals
 Billy Talbot - bass, vocals
 Ralph Molina - drums, vocals

New Links! (Updated 12/18/13)
mp3 - NY_1973-11-16_Boston_BBK_mp3.rar
Flac - NY_1973-11-16_Boston_BBK_FLAC.rar

Friday, August 19, 2011

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - 1978-09-25 - Providence, RI

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Providence Civic Center, Providence, RI
Rust Never Sleeps Tour

Audience master recording (taped by David M), good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions
Custom Artwork Included

Here's more Neil Young, but this time I'm proud to be able to present another in our series of previously uncirculated audience recordings from David M. This one is from the Providence, RI show of the excellent 1978 Rust Never Sleeps Tour. It's really a pretty good, although not great, sounding recording, comparable to other available audience recordings from this tour and around this time (such as the NY shows, MSG & Uniondale). Although the setlist was the same for virtually all the shows on this tour, it is still great to get to hear different performances from those already available, and there are some fine versions here. Although this was called the Rust Never Sleeps Tour, it came almost a full year before the release of the album of the same name (Rust Never Sleeps, July, 1979), and actually also was even before the release of Comes A Time (October, 1978). So, although this should have been the Comes A Time Tour (album being released around this time), the setlist includes only 3 songs from Comes A Time and 6 from Rust Never Sleeps. Neil is one of the only artists that seems to regularly tour with new material well before it has been released to the public. Of course, there also was an excellent official live album from this tour (Live Rust, October 1979), and which was taken primarily from the Cow Palace-SF and Inglewood, CA shows, but that album did not include the full show. Thus, this recording (and other unofficial live recordings) contain several songs ('Already One', 'Thrasher', 'Welfare Mothers', and 'Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown') that are not included on Live Rust. But this recording is missing the usual encore number, which was 'Tonight's the Night' (not sure whether it was not played that night, or just not recorded). Anyway, once again, we are greatly indebted to David M for making this recording available, and once again, I have done some minor editing to improve sound quality (but pretty minimal this time). So, here it is, a 'new' recording of a great show from the Rust Never Sleeps Tour. Enjoy.
1. Sugar Mountain
2. I Am A Child
3. Comes A Time
4. Already One
5. After The Gold Rush
6. Thrasher
7. My My, Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue)
8. When You Dance I Can Really Love
9. The Loner
10. Welfare Mothers
11. Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown
12. The Needle And The Damage Done
13. Lotta Love
14. Sedan Delivery
15. Powderfinger
16. Cortez The Killer
17. Cinnamon Girl
18. Like A Hurricane
19. Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)

 Neil Young - vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, harmonica
 Frank Sampedro - guitar, keyboards, vocals
 Billy Talbot - bass, vocals
 Ralph Molina - drums, vocals

Taken directly from a previously uncirculated audience master recording by David M. Some editing, adjustments made for better sound quality and presentation. This version prepared exclusively for The BB Chronicles by BBKron

New Links! (Updated 12/18/13)
mp3 - NY&CH_1978-9-25_Providence_mp3.rar
Flac - NY&CH_1978-9-25_Providence_FLAC.rar

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Neil Young (solo acoustic) 1992-09-22 - Los Angeles

Neil Young
Solo Acoustic
Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

Audience recording, Very Good Quality
mp3 @ 320 kbps

In early 1992, fresh from the studio where he laid down the tracks that would be released later that year as Harvest Moon, which was a return to the gentle, melodic, acoustic style of earlier albums like Harvest and Comes a Time, Neil set out on a solo acoustic tour that consisted of 4 separate legs and lasted through most of that year. During that tour he previewed virtually all of the songs from the upcoming Harvest Moon album, as well as a wide selection of songs from throughout his career. Many have said that they preferred the live acoustic versions of the Harvest Moon songs to the more slick and polished versions on the album itself. In 2010, Neil released a live album, Dreamin' Man, from this tour that consisted of only the songs from Harvest Moon performed at various concert locations. And, as good as that album is, the tour shows consisted of much more than just the Harvest Moon tracks, and it takes the full shows to fully appreciate the strength, power, and beauty of all the songs performed. So, here is a fine show from the third leg of the 1992 solo acoustic tour, still prior to release of Harvest Moon, where he features not only those 'new' songs, but wonderful performances of a wide range of his previous classics, performed solo, so you can get a tasete of the full shows performed on this tour. I started this string of Neil Young shows from the '90's with performances from his 1999 solo acoustic tour, and here we fittingly wrap it up with a stellar show from this wonderful 1992 solo acoustic tour. Listen to both tours and try to figure out which is better, or just enjoy them without comparing them at all.

Disc 1
1. Comes A Time
2. Cinnamon Girl
3. Cowgirl In The Sand
4. From Hank To Hendrix
5. Unknown Legend
6. Dance, Dance, Dance - Love Is A Rose
7. Pocahontas
8. Like A Hurricane
9. War Of Man
10. Old King

Disc 2
1. Heart Of Gold
2. Such A Woman
3. The Needle And The Damage Done
4. Tonight's The Night
5. Speakin' Out
6. Roll Another Number (For The Road)
7. Harvest Moon
8. Old Man
9. Powderfinger
10. Don't Let It Bring You Down
11. Sugar Mountain
12. Mr. Soul
13. After The Gold Rush

New Link! (Updated 12/18/13)

Friday, August 5, 2011

Neil Young & Booker T & The MG's - 1993-07-18 - Bad Mergentheim, Germany

July 18, 1993
Live To Ride
Schlosshof, Bad Mergentheim, Germany

Liberated Tin Man Bootleg
Audience Recording, Good Quality
Available in both Lossless (Flac) and mp3 (@320 kbps) versions

More Neil Young from the '90's! Here we have a great show from his fantastic 1993 tour with Booker T & The MG's. This was just a great tour, with a different sound provided by the great back-up of the legendary BT & the MG's, and a great and unique setlist. This tour also has a fond place in my heart because it was the first time I saw Neil live, and what a great show it was. This is a good quality audience recording, although not nearly as pristine as the excellent soundboard recording from the Torhout Festival, Belgium, 1993-07-03 (but you all should have that already, as it is a must-own for all NY fans, and readily available), but this much lesser-known recording date boasts the compete setlist rather than the shortened festival set, so we get several songs not included in that stellar 1993 recording. Also included here are two additional songs ('I Believe in You' and 'This Note's For You') that were only included in the first few shows of the tour, and then dropped from the setlist for all subsequent shows. So, we get a fuller concert experience of this tour here. Great stuff!

CD 1:
1. Mr. Soul
2. The Loner
3. Southern Man
4. Helpless
5. Love To Burn
6. Motorcycle Mama
7. Like A Hurricane
8. Separate Ways
9. Powderfinger
10. Only Love Can Break Your Heart
11. Harvest Moon

CD 2:
1. The Needle And The Damage Done
2. Change Your Mind
3. Live To Ride
4. Down By The River
5. The Dock Of The Bay
6. All Along The Watchtower
7. Rockin' In The Free World
8. I Believe In You (Rotterdam - 1993-07-05)
9. This Note's For You (Paris - 1993-07-07)

Neil Young: vocals, guitar, piano
Booker T. Jones: organ, piano
Steve Cropper: guitar
Donald 'Duck' Dunn: bass
Jim Keltner: drums
Astrid Young: backing vocals
Annie Stocking: backing vocals

New Links! (Updated 12/19/13)
mp3-CD1: Neil_Young_1993-07-18_Germany_CD1-mp3.rar
mp3-CD2: Neil_Young_1993-07-18_Germany_CD2-mp3.rar

Flac-CD1: Neil_Young_1993-07-18_Germany_CD1-FLAC.rar
Flac-CD2: Neil_Young_1993-07-18_Germany_CD2-FLAC.rar