massey-hall-neil-young.jpgToday marks the “official” release of Neil Young’s 1971 live at Massey Hall performance in CD format (with an accompanying DVD). This is the second live offering in preparation for Neil Young’s long awaited archives project.

Here are some notes on The Massey Hall release in Neil’s own words: “This is the album that should have come out between After The Gold Rush and Harvest,” Young says now. “David Briggs, my producer, was adamant that this should be the record, but I was very excited about the takes we got on Harvest, and wanted Harvest out. David disagreed. As I listen to this today, I can see why.” Interesting no doubt, as Harvest was the album that broke Neil in terms of, as he put it, middle of the road success before her go bored and headed for the ditch. In a parallel dimension it would be fascinating the witness Young’s artistic trajectory had he released the Massey Hall show instead.

Both this, and the live Fillmore show released late last year, are in preparation for the first installment of Young’s archive series slated for release this fall. Volume I will be an 8-CD, 2-DVD affair chronicling the years 1963-1972.

Neil Young :: A Man Needs A Maid/Heart Of Gold Suite

Neil Young Archives Vol. II :: Massey Hall 1971
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6 Responses to “Neil Young :: Live, Massey Hall (1971)”

  1. “Volume I will be an 8-CD, 2-DVD affair chronicling the years 1963-1972.”

    Yeah, and it’ll include a complimentary copy of Chinese democracy.

  2. Thank You. The sound is very crisp from your sample.

  3. I’ve had the bootleg version and the BBC Crown Jewels television broadcast of this for a while. The sound on this CD is a lot better than the bootlegged versions that have been around for years. The ‘leg was already my favorite neil disc and this is going to replace it. Essential even if you don’t love neil young.

  4. just saw this after posting a comment above… love love love neil young

  5. […] So, anyhoo, I’m making traveling plans so I’ll leave you with this: Neil Young’s “A Man Needs a Maid/Heart of Gold” which I found here at “An Aquarium Drunkard” […]

  6. This kid could be around awhile.
    Could we see a sweet sweet smile?

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