Neil+YoungSongs poured out of Neil Young during the 1970s at such a rate that he left entire albums unreleased. He’s dipped into his stash regularly over the years, but there are plenty of tunes still gathering dust, waiting for Neil to finish saving the world with his electric car, and to put the finishing touches on Archives, vol. 2. Knowing how Shakey operates, that’ll be…any time in the next two decades or so.

Until then, take a listen “Sad Movies,” a still-unreleased solo acoustic fragment debuted on the man’s barnstorming, post-Zuma world tour with Crazy Horse. It’s a beguiling, lovely thing with a fragile melody that stands tall with any of Neil’s best. “Sad Movies” actually appeared regularly in 2007 setlists, as though someone had reminded Neil of its existence. Then, typically, he forgot about it again.

As a follow-up, dig the shaggy, electrified “Let It Shine” from the same show’s electric set with the Horse. Long Many You Run houses a relatively middle of the road version of the track, but here, Neil and the gang are headed straight for the ditch. words/ t wilcox

Neil Young :: Sad Movies (Amsterdam, 1976)
Neil Young :: Let It Shine (Amsterdam, 1976)

10 Responses to “Neil Young :: Sad Movies / Let It Shine (Amsterdam, 1976)”

  1. these tours were epic…and where are those archives, shakey?

  2. That ‘Sad Movies’ is a gorgeous song, thanks AD!

  3. grabbing this whole show. #neilyounglabordayweekend

  4. Hey, just saw on your facebook page that wilcox will be doing a Neil column. Is there a focus/era? Excited.

  5. so gr8 AD…nice post..gr8 sounds

  6. What’s with the put-downs? The man’s worked his ass off creatively and on the road for decades. Some people never work as hard in 10 years as he has in 50.

  7. Thank AD for rockin’ my memory. I saw Neil at the Inglewood Forum later that year on 11/4/76. Even though he’d dropped Sad Movies from the setlist after the spring tour, all was not lost. He opened the acoustic half of the show with an unreleased Campaigner. “Even Richard Nixon has got soul…”

  8. “Sad Movies” is very “Sweet Joni.”

  9. Yeahhh, the melody seems to be roughly the same as “Sweet Joni” from a few years earlier:

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