Neil Young kept promising us that Archives Vol. 3 was coming in 2023 … but guess what? It was delayed. That’s OK, any Neil fan worth his/her/their salt is accustomed to the waiting game. And anyway, there was plenty to keep us occupied last year in Shakeyland — a return to touring (and subsequent live album); several”officialbootleg” releases; and ongoing shenanigans on the wild/wooly Archives website. This fourth annual Honey Slides mix gathers up some choice rarities that Neil has sprinkled throughout his site, alongside several cuts that have yet to see the official light of day. As always, a few honey slides won’t hurt.
Will the well ever run dry when it comes Neil Young live jams and rarities? God, I hope not. In recent years, Young has begun sporadically posting a selection of complete live gigs on his Archives site, spanning the from the late 1960s to the late 2010s. It’s been a welcome feast for Neil fanatics. For this mix, the third installation of our Honey Slides series, we’ve grabbed a few highlights (as well as a choice Barn jam) for your enjoyment. Stretching from 1976 to 2010, it’s all electric and leans heavily towards the darker, grittier side of Young’s material. Plenty of Crazy Horse, of course, but also the Stray Gators, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, the International Harvesters and more.
After a somewhat, er, “shakey” start, the online home of the Neil Young Archives has hit its stride. The past year has seen an incredible array of previously unavailable material show up for subscribers to enjoy. Outtakes stretching back to the Buffalo Springfield days, full live shows available to stream, rare films … All this and Neil himself regularly answering your questions in the Letters to the Editor column. Suffice to say, if you’re a fan of the man, you should consider signing up for the Archives. Below, we’ve got a small sampler mix of some of the goodies — plus a few things that haven’t made it to the NYA just yet.
This hour of Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard features a sampling of that good stuff: live cuts, b-sides, demos, outtakes, rarities and beyond, stretching from 1969 to 2020. There’s even a dance mix thrown in there for all the Cinnamon Girls out there. Fry up a few honey slides and enjoy.
Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard, every third Sunday on dublab. This month, New Happy Gathering showcases an alternately upbeat and somber hour of jazz & dream pop, Range and Basin leans into long instrumentals and new age, and Doom and Gloom starts the year off right with an Honey Slides mix of dark all-electric Neil Young rarities. To close, Grey on Gray, an all-vinyl hour long slide to close out the last year and open up a new one. Fireside GORP-jazz, new age, and beyond. 1969-2022. Tune in Sunday, January 15 from 4—8 PM Pacific on dublab.
Culled from their 1971 s/t album, “Old Man” remains a top contender for best fake CSNY. No shade, it’s great. With multi-part harmonies, interweaving guitar tangle, and a straight-up, preemptive sixth sense nod to Neil’s own “Old Man” from a year later, its near seven minute runtime is completely satisfying.
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