(CD) Neil Young - Young Shakespeare (2021 Reissue)

Release Date: 032621
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Just two months after the release of his seminal album After The
Gold Rush, Neil Young played a solo show at The Shakespeare
Theater, Stratford, CT on January 22, 1971. The show was filmed and
recorded, and the concert shown on German TV later in 1971.
In 2020, while Neil and his team were reviewing his Archive for
future projects, Neil re-visited the 16mm film and audio recording of
this show that had been preserved in the Archive for almost 50
years. Piecing together the tapes and footage, Neil realized that
he had the full concert – the film of which is the earliest live
footage of Neil performing that is known to exist. Neil has written on
NYA that this show is “superior to our beloved “Massey Hall.”
A calmer performance, without the celebratory atmosphere of
Massey Hall, captured live on 16mm. “Young Shakespeare” is a
very special event. To my fans, I say this is the best ever.” As an
insight into Neil’s prolific song writing at the time, the concert
features two songs from the recently released After The Gold Rush
but four songs from the classic Harvest album that was still over a
year away from being released. The wonderful set list also includes
acoustic renditions of favorites such as “Ohio”, “Cowgirl In the
Sand”, “Helpless”, “Down By The River” and “Sugar Mountain”. The
ancient analog tapes have been lovingly restored – resulting in (as
Neil says on NYA) “one of the purest sounding acoustic
performances we have in the Archive”.
This beautiful concert is being released on 1 CD. Young
Shakespeare is being released almost exactly 50 years after the
original performance

1. Tell Me Why
2. Old Man
3. The Needle and the Damage Done
4. Ohio
5. Dance Dance Dance
6. Cowgirl in the Sand
7. A Man Needs a Maid / Heart Of Gold
8. Journey Through The Past
9. Don’t Let It Bring You Down
10. Helpless
11. Down by the River
12. Sugar Mountain

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