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Neil Young was not kidding when he said he was going to start releasing archival material at a much faster rate this year. Just weeks after the release of the 10-disc set Archives Volume II 1972-1976 and the live album/film Return to Greendale, he has announced that “Way Down in the Rust Bucket”, a 1990 Crazy Horse club gig, will come out on February 26th as a film and double album. The show took place November 13th, 1990 in front of 800 lucky fans at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz, California, two months after the release of “Ragged Glory” and shortly before the start of a long arena tour with Sonic Youth and Social Distortion.

Recorded on November 13th 1990 in Santa Cruz, CA, where the band were rehearsing for their upcoming Weld tour, Neil Young and Crazy Horse played a club show at The Catalyst which is now released here for the first time. The show comprised three different sets along with a 12 minute encore of Cortez The Killer and all 3 sets including that encore are brought together here in over 2 hours of music.

The 20-song set ran more than three hours and is noted for being the first time Young ever played “Danger Bird,” a track from 1975’s “Zuma”, onstage. He also performed live for the first time six Ragged Glory songs – “Love to Burn,” “Farmer John,” “Over and Over,” “Fuckin’ Up,” “Mansion on the Hill” and “Love and Only Love” – and another obscurity, Re-ac-tor’s “Surfer Joe and Moe the Sleaze.”

Way Down in the Rust Bucket will be released as both a two-CD and four-LP set, with a Deluxe Edition that adds the video of that performance on DVD. The film was directed by Young using his Bernard Shakey pseudonym and contains a 13-minute performance of “Cowgirl in the Sand” that’s not available on the CD or vinyl versions.

You can check out a preview video of “Country Home” on the Neil Young Archives. “This show is one of my all-time Crazy Horse favourites,” Young wrote. “More songs will be added here before the official release.  ”Way Down in the Rust Bucket” is the first in a long list of archival releases that Young is planning for 2021. There are no release dates at this point, but he’s plotting a third Archive Series box set, the 2019 Promise of the Real live album “Noise and Flowers”, the Eighties rarities collection “Road of Plenty”, and an extensive Bootleg Series that will spotlight fan-favourite shows like Carnegie Hall 1970, the Rainbow Theater 1973, and the Bottom Line 1974. Young hasn’t released a new album since 2019’s Colorado, but he recently said that new material is coming. “I have started a new album,” he wrote in response to a fan letter last month. “It’s solo. I’ve been waiting a long time.”

Way Down in the Rust Bucket—which is #11.5 in Neil Young’s Performance Series—is available in a number of variations. A numbered deluxe edition box set contains a DVD of the electrifying live concert—directed by Bernard Shakey and produced and directed for Shakey Pictures by LA Johnson—alongside four LPs and two CDs. The DVD contains one additional performance of “Cowgirl In The Sand” (13 minutes’ worth!), which does not appear on the vinyl or CD editions. The other versions released include a 4LP vinyl box set, a 2CD set and the DVD. Purchasers of Way Down in the Rust Bucket on CD or LP from the Greedy Hand Store

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Recorded on November 13th 1990 in Santa Cruz, CA, where the band were rehearsing for their upcoming Weld tour, Neil Young and Crazy Horse played a club show at The Catalyst which is now released here for the first time.
The show comprised three different sets along with a 12 minute encore of Cortez The Killer and all 3 sets including that encore are brought together here in over 2 hours of music.What It Is: Two months after Neil Young & Crazy Horse released their excellent “Ragged Glory” album in September 1990, they played a bar in Santa Cruz, Calif. For three hours and three sets, they tore through a career-spanning show.

What’s on It: Ragged Glory songs like “Over and Over” and “Love and Only Love” are here, but so are “Cinnamon Girl,” “Like a Hurricane” and “Cortez the Killer.” The set is filled with raw, sprawling versions of old and new cuts, some making their live debut.

Best Song You Know: This is a previously unreleased record from Young’s archives, so you haven’t heard any of these particular versions before. But the set includes some of his greatest songs played by his greatest backing band during one of their best eras.

Best Song You Don’t Know: “Country Home” opened the original Ragged Glory album, and it was the first song performed at the Catalyst on November. 13th, 1990. There’s no slow build for Young and the band: They start strong and don’t let up at all.

A couple months after Neil Young & Crazy Horse released their great 1990 album “Ragged Glory“, they hopped onstage at a small bar in Santa Cruz, Calif., and played songs from the record for the first time in front of an audience. The nearly two-and-a-half-hour performance includes older classics like “Cortez the Killer” and “Like a Hurricane,” but epic run-throughs of Glory cuts “Over and Over” and “Love and Only Love” fuel this live album, one of Young’s best concert documents.

At the June 15th stop on Neil Young and Promise of The Real‘s current European Tour, the legendary rocker treated fans in Lyon, France to his first “Cortez The Killer” encore in three years. A few days later, while in Spain on June 20th, Neil Young and the band whose membership includes Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson delivered another scorching “Cortez The Killer” encore. High quality, audience-shot footage of the 17-minute “Cortez” finale has surfaced.

Like other tour stops, Young’s appearance at Poble Espanyol in Barcelona, Spain began with a solo acoustic set during which he played “After The Gold Rush,” “Heart Of Gold,” “Comes A Time,” “The Needle And The Damage Done” and “Mother Earth.” After being joined by Promise Of The Real for “Out On The Weekend,” the rest of the main set showcased favorites such as “Alabama,” “Words (Between the Lines of Age),” and the set closing “Rockin’ In The Free World” as well as lesser-played selections like “Revolution Blues” and “Vampire Blues.”

And then you have Cortez The Killer.

The summation and conclusion to all of this; a song about a man who was “not able to sleep well” (Neil’s description) due to the crimes he committed. We see flashbacks of all these other varied antagonists who carelessly allowed greed to control them, to destroy their own peace of mind and the world around them. Cortez represents them all. He takes off his mask and reveals more than one face; and a mirror.

It’s a proper cinematic climax, the type Neil Young has so obviously been enamoured with for so most of his career.

As so often happens, Neil tells us a story with this tour, and Cortez brings this particular story to a befitting conclusion.

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“Cortez the Killer” hails from the album Zuma, one of Neil Young’s most overlooked albums, often lost in the shuffle of its predecessor, the much-praised Tonight’s the Night, which came out just five months prior. But there’s really a very simple explanation for the song’s high rating. Just take it from Young himself, who once proclaimed that, “ ‘Cortez’ is some of my best guitar playing ever!”

Remarkably, the song’s structure was largely shaped by an accident—a power failure which occurred in the midst of recording a perfect, transcendent take of the song. Rather than recut the tune, Neil Young just plowed forward and later he and producer David Briggs went back and did some creative editing, which required the lopping off of several verses. “They missed a whole verse, a whole section!” Young says. “You can hear the splice on the recording where we stop and start again. It’s a messy edit…incredible! It was a total accident. But that’s how I see my best art, as one magical accident after another. That’s what is so incredible.”

“Cortez the Killer,” about the Spanish explorer who conquered Mexico with bloody success, is also a prime example of Young’s physical style of lead playing. Also check out the beauty of this acoustic version.

“I am a naturally very destructive person,” he says. “And that really comes out in my guitar playing. Man, if you think of guitar playing in terms of boxing…well let’s just say I’m not the kind of guitarist you’d want to play against. I’m just scarred by life. Nothing in particular. No more scarred than anyone else. Only other people often don’t let themselves know how damaged they are, like I do and deal with it.”