What does it sound like?:
Available as a 4LP set, double CD or “Super Deluxe Edition” containing both plus a DVD of the show. The DVD is also available separately from Neil’s online store, annoyingly it includes an extra track (Cowgirl in the Sand) that Neil left off the audio only versions because of a malfunction during the recording. I am mainly a vinyl guy these days but opted for the CD version so that I don’t need to switch records and sides 7 times. It was also about a quarter of the price. Wonderfully recorded, it sounds magnificent.
This was a warm up show in a small venue in Santa Cruz near Neil’s home before they headed out on a North American arena tour the following year, that tour was captured on the Weld live album that came out soon after it’s completion. After his rather erratic 80s Neil was bang back on form having released Freedom and Ragged Glory (also featuring Crazy Horse) in the previous year or so. Ragged Glory features heavily on the album with 7 of it’s 10 tracks included.
This is an astonishingly good album. To my mind superior to Weld and right up there with Live Rust which must make it one of the greatest live albums ever made 😉 So many highlights, the Ragged Glory is stuff is at least the equal of the studio album, then we have the first ever live version of Dangerbird, it is rather messy, but nevertheless absolutely stupendous. DB is one of 3 Zuma tracks that are included, along with relatively rare tracks like Bite the Bullet and Surfer Joe and Moe the Sleaze. Even T-Bone gets an outing and is remarkably enjoyable. Couple this with a version of Like a Hurricane that just goes on and on, plus an incendiary Sedan Delivery and we are in
Rock n Roll heaven. Some of Neil’s chat has apparently been removed, but he appears to be in good humour throughout.
Warning: if you are thinking of buying Archives vol 4 (or 5) when it is released ca 2047 then this album will probably be also included then. But I think I need to get the DVD too …
Heart of Gold is not included.
What does it all *mean*?
They were (are?) one of the greatest live acts.
Goes well with…
About 10 days ago
Might suit people who like…
Neil Young and Crazy Horse