NEIL YOUNG - A TREASURE (2LP)Price: $39.99
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Neil Young A Treasure on 2LP from Warner Bros.
Latest In Young's Archive Performance Series Spotlights Artist's Incredible 1984-85 Run With the All-Star Lineup of the International Harvesters
Bound for Glory: Young's Country-Minded Gems Sparkle Onstage
LP Pressed at Pallas and Mastered from the Original Tapes by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering
Five of the Dozen Tracks Never Before Released, Including Sought-After "Grey Riders"
4th Side Features Special Etching
Neil Young's Archive Performance Series returns in 2011 with a true gem that will please both hardcore fans as well as music listeners seeking insight into one of the most unheralded, unexpected tours in history. Captured during Young's 1984-85 tour with a group of country pros named the International Harvesters, and featuring several of the most acclaimed performances in the legendary artist's career, A Treasure lives up to its name and more, and on 2LP, mastered by Chris Bellman from the original tapes and pressed at Pallas, features a special art etching on the fourth side. In addition to the incredible sound, it's the music that really matters.
The 12-track live album includes songs, five of which are previously unreleased, recorded during Young's 1984 and 1985 U.S. tours without the support of an album or Young's then-record label due to unique and unusual circumstances. A Treasure features Young's onstage work with some of the greatest artists in the history of country music, including the late, great Ben Keith on steel and slide guitar and Rufus Thibodeaux on fiddle, along with living legends Spooner Oldham and Hargus "Pig" Robbins on piano, Tim Drummond and Joe Allen on bass, and Karl Himmel on drums, among many others.
The live album captures the iconic artist during a fascinating time in his career, when he was facing criticism and lawsuits from his then-current record company for exploring a more traditionally country sound. "You can call me erratic," Young said when asked at the time about his tendency toward musical shape-shifting, "but I've been consistent about it, consistently erratic." A Treasure is akin to a sonic time capsule, instantly transporting the listener to the time and place when it was made. "I love this record," Young says. "I hadn't heard these takes in 25 years, but when we unearthed them, co-producer Ben Keith said, 'This is a treasure.'"
Part of what makes A Treasure so compelling is the musical contributions of The International Harvesters, with whom Young was playing at the time. Many of them were already paragons within the country music world and their notoriety has only grown in the years since. "I just love to hear those guys," Young says. "They're all country music legends." Those behind the scenes also made significant contributions to A Treasure's sonic potency. Tim Mulligan mixed and mastered the tracks. At the time these songs were recorded, Bob Sterne was the tour manager, Tim Foster ran the stage, and Larry Cragg was in charge of the band's instruments.
Mastered from the original tapes by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, pressed at Pallas, and featuring heavenly sound, this is both an audiophile delight and musical revelation. Don't pass this up!
Neil Young A Treasure Track Listing:
1. Amber Jean (9/20/84) Nashville Now TV Nashville, TN
2. Are You Ready For The Country? (9/21/84) Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, OH
3. It Might Have Been 9/25/84 Austin City Limits TV Austin, Texas
4. Bound For Glory 9/29/84 Gilleys’s Rodeo Arena Pasadena, TX *
5. Let Your Fingers Do The Walking (10/22/84) Universal Amphitheater Universal City, CA
6. Flying On The Ground Is Wrong (10/26/84) Greek Theater Berkeley, CA
7. Motor City (10/26/84) Greek Theater Berkeley, CA *
8. Soul Of A Woman (10/26/84) Greek Theater Berkeley, CA
9. Get Back To The Country (10/26/84) Greek Theater Berkeley, CA
10. Southern Pacific (9/1/85) Minnesota State Fair St. Paul, MN *
11. Nothing Is Perfect (9/1/85) Minnesota State Fair St. Paul, MN *
12. Grey Riders (9/10/85) Pier 84 New York City, NY
* denotes unreleased song
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