NEIL YOUNG – ” Three 70’s Live Albums – Royce Hall (Los Angeles: January 30th, 1971) Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (Los Angeles: February 1st, 1971) Citizen Kane Jr. Blues (Live The Bottom Line) (NYC: May 16th, 1974)

Posted: March 26, 2022 in MUSIC

For years now, Neil Young has been releasing a great deal of the music that he’s got in his archives. A few months ago, he finally dropped the previously unreleased 1987 album “Summer Songs“. Last year, meanwhile, Young also kicked off his Official Bootleg Series with the release of a live album recorded at Carnegie Hall in 1970. And now Young is planning three new live albums, all recorded in the early ’70s.

Neil Young has announced not one but three live albums, including recordings of two Los Angeles solo acoustic shows from 1971 (one at Royce Hall on January 30th and one at UCLA’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on February 1st) and one from a surprise show that he played at the Bottom Line in New York in 1974.

Here’s Young accompanying himself on piano, playing “Journey Through The Past,” from the 1972 film of the same name, at Royce Hall: During Neil Young’s long and storied career, some of his concerts have gained mythic status, thanks to the practice of bootlegging. Recorded on January 30th, 1971, this previously unreleased concert was performed at gorgeous Royce Hall on the campus of UCLA in Los Angeles, near the end of the singer/songwriter’s 1971 solo tour. Young played 16 solo acoustic numbers that night, accompanying himself on guitar and harmonica. The track list features beloved classics like “Old Man”, “Heart Of Gold”, “Ohio”, “Cowgirl In The Sand”, “Don’t Let It Bring You Down”, and “Down By The River”, plus the timeless version of “The Needle And The Damage Done” that appears on 1972’s “Harvest”, one of the greatest albums of all time.

Along with the announcement comes the solo piano performance of “Journey Through the Past” at Royce Hall, the solo acoustic guitar performance of “Don’t Let It Bring You Down” from Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and a crackling, acoustic recording of “Revolution Blues” from the Bottom Line.

A famous bootleg titled I’m happy that y’all came down. A live solo acoustic show recorded at Los Angeles Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on February 1st, 1971. This was the last night of Neil’s 1971 solo tour, that also featured the shows have been released as the much-loved albums “Massey Hall” and “Young Shakespeare”. The show was marked by the first time Neil played harmonica live. This album features 15 songs including “On The Way Home”, “Heart of Gold”, “The Needle And The Damage Done”, and “A Man Needs A Maid”.

As you’d probably expect, all three are truly gorgeous. Finally, Here’s Young doing “Revolution Blues,” the gnarly “On The Beach” number that’s probably about the Manson Family, at the Bottom Line: A fan favourite bootleg that is usually called Live At The Bottom Line. A surprise solo acoustic performance following a Ry Cooder show on May 16th, 1974. Notably features songs that would be included on “On The Beach“. The album title comes from Neil introducing the opening song with that title; a song that later became “Push It Over The End”

These shows have all been heavily bootlegged in the past, but now they’ve gotten proper mixes. In May, Young will release two solo-acoustic shows recorded in Los Angeles from 1971 — one taped at UCLA’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and another captured two days earlier at Royce Hall. He’ll also release a surprise performance that he played at New York’s Bottom Line in 1974.

All three come out May 6th via Shakey Pictures Records, with vinyl releases coming June 3rd. 

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