13 Days of Neil
RustWorks, Vol. 20
A Concert Dream: Here We Are in the Years
Some time ago I acquired Chris Davis� fantastic Jerry Garcia compilation, �8 Days of Jerome� and thought that somebody should do the same for Neil Young. Well, taking my own advice I embarked on this little project in May 2011 and, I hope, put together something people will enjoy. The title,�13 Days of Neil� is an obvious rip-off from Chris and Neil (Lucky 13), but feel free to call it whatever you want.
"It doesn't affect me because I look at the internet as the new radio. I look at the radio as gone...piracy is the new radio. That's how music gets around.
Neil Young, 2012
"One day there was this minstrel Who came to court on a charge, that he blew someone's head off because his amp was too large"
"Sixty to Zero"
RustWorks, Vol. 20:
Here We Are in the Years
nyd20-1, t01, Tell Me Why, Washington, DC, 2010-05-24
nyd20-1, t02, Homefires, Philadelphia, 1992-03-22
nyd20-1, t03, Albuquerque, Houston, 1999-06-01
nyd20-1, t04, Depression Blues, New York, 1992-02-17
nyd20-1, t05, Here We Are in the Years, Norfolk, 1973-01-29
nyd20-1, t06, Stringman, Boston, 1992-03-20
nyd20-1, t07, A Man Needs a Maid, Toronto, 1971-01-19(L)*
nyd20-1, t08, Expecting to Fly, Hamburg, 2003-04-29
nyd20-1, t09, Love and War, Austin, 2010-06-05
nyd20-1, t10, Shots, San Francisco, 1978-05-27(L)
nyd20-1, t11, On the Beach, Chicago, 1999-05-01
nyd20-1, t12, Bandit, Amsterdam, 2003-05-08
nyd20-1, t13, My Boy, Santa Cruz, 1983-01-05
nyd20-1, t14, Slowpoke, Oakland, 1999-03-20
nyd20-1, t15, Thrasher, Hollywood, 2014-03-29
nyd20-2, t01, I Am a Child, Los Angeles, 1971-02-01
nyd20-2, t02, Hangin' on a Limb, Amsterdam, 1989-12-10
nyd20-2, t03, New Mama, Manchester, 1973-11-03
nyd20-2, t04, Sixty To Zero, Indianapolis, 1998-08-13
nyd20-2, t05, Lonesome Me, Boston, 2007-12-03
nyd20-2, t06, Interstate, Hampton, 1985-09-12
nyd20-2, t07, Little Wing, Santa Cruz, 1977-xx-XX
nyd20-2, t08, Are There Any More Real Cowboys, Austin, 1984-09-25
nyd20-2, t09, Hawks and Doves, New Orleans, 1984-09-27
nyd20-2, t10, Let it Shine, Amsterdam, 1976-03-26
nyd20-2, t11, Union Man, Berkeley, 1980-10-03
nyd20-2, t12, Don't be Denied, Atlanta, 1983-09-27
nyd20-2, t13, Cortez the Killer, Chicago, 2011-05-07
nyd20-3, t01, I've Been Waiting for You, Oslo, 2001-07-04
nyd20-3, t02, Last Trip to Tulsa, Hamburg, 1976-03-21
nyd20-3, t03, Opera Star, Miami, 1986-10-29
nyd20-3, t04, Stupid Girl, Princeton on the Sea, 1996-06-05
nyd20-3, t05, Over and Over, Santa Cruz, 1990-11-13
nyd20-3, t06, Touch the Night, Wellington, 1985-02-24
nyd20-3, t07, Campaigner, Buffalo, 1991-02-16
nyd20-3, t08, White Line, Cotati, 1995-12-20
nyd20-3, t09, Ramada Inn, Albuquerque, 2012-08-30
nyd20-3, t10, Wonderin', Princeton by the Sea, 1996-03-21
nyd20-3, t11, Boxcar, Sydney, 1989-04-18
nyd20-4, t01, Cinnamon Girl, London, 2008-03-14
nyd20-4, t02, Sedan Delivery, Live Oak, 1997-08-23
nyd20-4, t03, Change Your Mind, Denver, 2009-04-27
nyd20-4, t04, Scattered, Princeton by the Sea, 1996-05-23
nyd20-4, t05, Walk Like a Giant, New York, 2012-11-27
nyd20-4, t06, Razor Love, San Francisco, 1997-05-08
nyd20-4, t07, The Sultan, New York, 2007-12-19
nyd20-4, t08, After the Gold Rush, New York, 1999-04-19
Tom Bray - trumpet
Claude Cailliet - trombone
Larry Cragg - baritone saxophone
Anthony Crawford - background vocals, piano
Chad Cromwell - drums
John Fumo - trumpet
Ben "Long Grain" Keith - background vocals, alto saxophone, pedal steel, lap steel, guitar, organ (RIP)
Steve Lawrence - tenor saxophone
Nils Lofgren - background vocals, piano, guitar
Ralph Molina - background vocals, drums
Jack Nitzsche - background vocals, electric piano (RIP)
Rick "The Bass Player" Rosas - bass (RIP)
Frank Sampedro - backgound vocals, guitar, keyboards
Billy Talbot - background vocals, bass
Danny Whitten - background vocals, guitar (RIP)
Neil Young - vocals, guitars, piano, pump organ, harmonica
Pegi Young - background vocals, vibraphone
Volume 20 is my dream Neil Young concert; a five hour acoustic/electric marathon. If Neil came to me for advice for his setlist (as so many of us wish), this would be my humble offering, though it doesn't contain many hits.
We open with Neil performing some choice acoustic gems, "Albuquerque," "Here We Are in the Years," "Shots"...just a few songs I've never seen Neil perform and wish I could. On Side 2, we open with the performance of "I am a Child" with the snippet from "You and Me", that wouldn't appear as a fully formed song until decades later. Then we move on to a few rare band performances, "New Mama," "Sixty to Zero," "Interstate" and "Little Wing," before finishing with a wondrous "Cortez" performance, the centerpiece of this imagined concert. This performance of CTK bridges and connects Neil's two halves: electric and acoustic; band and solo; raging and mellow. Listen how his drive, pacing, and vocals coupled with the use of percussion, feedback and silence make this rendition one of Neil Young's most stunning performances ever.
"I've Been Waiting for You" has always struck me as great opening song for the electric set. For me, it's a bucketlist song, one I've never seen performed. Here it's a Crazy Horse tour de force. We then race through some unique Crazy Horse performances ("Tulsa," "White Line"). Side 4 begins with the extended "Cinnamon Girl" from the Chrome Dreams tour before concluding with an epic "Walk Like a Giant." Our concert closes with "Razor Love." I've always felt like Neil Young's love songs were, in fact, sung to his audience: "All I got for you is a razor love that cuts clean through." The first encore, "The Sultan" from the Squires days, made a brief reappearance in 2007. ATGR is the only environmental song Neil will ever have to write. It says it all. So, in tribute to Neil's environmental activism we end with Mother Nature on the run...
The selection process for this compilation was quite simple. I attempted to pace the volumes in loose chronological order (sometimes), creating counterpoint with slow and uptempo tunes, and above all, include versions of songs that I can enjoy over and over. In that sense, this is more of a retrospective than a greatest hits or best of compilation. Basically, it�s just a bunch of songs that just seem to go well together. Of course, the fact that Neil is so prolific has made this project fairly mind-boggling simply in terms of available material. Clearly, I avoided any officially released material, or any that was likely to be released in the foreseeable future.
The RustWorks collection is also a showcase for the great people and bands with whom Neil has played over the years: Danny, Bert, Nicolette, all those Nashville players, Crazy Horse, the Stray Gators and Santa Monica Flyers, the Springfield, CSN, Pegi. Listen closely and you�ll hear all of them at one point or another. The RustWorks collection goes out to Long Grain in particular. If not for Ben Keith, I fear there would be no Neil Young as we�ve come to know, and love, him.
A word about compilations: I compiled these performances for my personal enjoyment, and share them for the same reason. There are many Neil Young compilations available out there: �Archives be Damned 2000� (and 2006), �Acoustic Masterpieces,� �A Perfect Echo.� Of course, the one must have compilation is the officially released �Archives.� Nothing beats the original tracks themselves. This compilation is not meant to replace any of the aforementioned. It, simply, is part of the same song.
I urge you to seek out the original performances (they�re all available somewhere). Thank you so much to the original tapers, uploaders and all who share this great music. And, of course, thanks, Neil.
"Live Music is Better!"
Notes on Sound Quality: All Audience Recordings except as noted: Sound Quality is Excellent to Excellent+
All tracks are from the original filesets as previously torrented. New checksums created with TLH.
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*Special note: "A Man Needs a Maid > Heart of Gold" is taken from the Toronto, 1971-01-19, late show. According to Sugar Mountain, the officially released "Live at Massey Hall" uses the performance from that evening's early show.
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RustWorks, Vol. 1: Sugar Mountain
RustWorks, Vol. 2: Heart of Gold
RustWorks, Vol. 3: Tired Eyes
RustWorks, Vol. 4: On the Beach
RustWorks, Vol. 5: Interstate
RustWorks, Vol. 6: This Old Guitar
RustWorks, Vol. 7: Let it Shine
RustWorks, Vol. 8: Out of the Blue
RustWorks, Vol. 9: Into the Black
RustWorks, Vol. 10: Transformer Man
RustWorks, Vol. 11-Part I: Don�t Spook the Horse
RustWorks, Vol. 11-Part II: Don�t Spook the Horse
RustWorks, Vol. 12: Stringman
RustWorks, Vol. 13: Borrowed Tune
RustWorks, Vol. 14: Looking Forward
RustWorks, Vol. 15: Cinnamon Girls
RustWorks, Vol. 16: Spirit Road
RustWorks, Vol. 17: Walk Like a Giant
RustWorks, Vol. 18: Falling From Above
RustWorks, Vol. 19: Love in Mind
RustWorks, Vol. 20: Here We Are in the Years
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