Neil Young – Rock N’ Roll Cowboy – A Life on the Road 1966-1994 [4CD Box Set] (1994)

Posted by Green on July 1, 2020

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In the late ’80s, Neil Young casually mentioned in an interview that he was planning a box set of rarities and outtakes (entitled The Neil Young Archives), which would be ready for release shortly. It never appeared, even though it’s supposedly still being assembled and finalized to this day. To alleviate the fans’ frustration, this bootleg four-CD Italian box set appeared, and it covers all the phases of Young’s lengthy concert career. The first disc (1966-1973) proves to be the best. It’s here that you’ll find an early barnstorming guitar version of “Cowgirl in the Sand” (clocking in at 14-and-a-half minutes) and a harmonious Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young take of “Tell Me Why.” A piano-laden medley of “A Man Needs a Maid/Heart of Gold” follows, and the beautiful unreleased acoustic nuggets “Everybody’s Alone” and “Dance Dance Dance” comfort the listener. Disc two (1974-1978) contains material from Young’s dark period, including unplugged versions of “Pardon My Heart” and “On the Beach,” recorded at New York’s Bottom Line. Disc three proves to be the weakest since it covers what is widely regarded as Young’s unfocused years (1982-1985). “Touch the Night” is essentially a rewrite of “Like a Hurricane,” and there is a reason why “Let Your Fingers Do the Talking” was never released. The countrified “Down by the River” and a banjo version of the reflective “My Boy” save the disc from being a total washout, however. And the final disc (1986-1994) shows Young regaining his strength and focus with the definitive “Rockin’ in the Free World” (from Saturday Night Live) and “Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” where he is joined by friends Simon & Garfunkel. The set of four may be a bit too costly and intimidating for more casual fans, but the sound quality is consistent, and it proves to be the ultimate showcase of Young in concert. Also included is a 45-page booklet packed with pictures, song notes, quotes, and a list of every live date played by Young from 1968 to 1993.

1. Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing – Whittier High School, Los Angeles, 1966
2. Birds – Big Sur Folk Fest, Big Sur, Calif. 69-09-13
3. Cowgirl in the Sand – Fillmore East, New York 70-03-07
4. Tell Me Why (with CSN) – Fillmore East, New York 70-07-03
5. Only Love Can Break Your Heart (with CSN) – same as above
6. Everybody’s Alone – KQED Rehearsals, December 1970
7. A Man Needs a Maid & Heart of Gold – Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford, Britain 71-01-22
8. Out on the Weekend – BBC TV Studios, London 71-02-23
9. Love in Mind – same as above
10. Dance Dance Dance – same as above
11. Cripple Creek Ferry – Carnegie Hall, New York 73-01-21
12. L.A. – same as above
13. Soldier – same as above
14. Harvest – JFK Center, Washington, D.C. 73-01-28
15. Sweet Joni – Civic Auditorium, Bakersfield, Calif. 73-01-20
16. Tonight’s the Night – Golden Auditorium, NYC Queens College 73-11-15 (2nd show)
17. Tired Eyes – same as above

1. Pardon My Heart – Bottom Line, New York 74-05-16
2. On the Beach – same as above
3. Traces – CSNY: The Coliseum, Seattle 74-07-09
4. Human Highway – same as above
5. Love Art Blues – same as above
6. Hawaiian Sunrise – CSNY: Roosevelt Raceway, Westbury, N.Y. 74-09-08
7. Like a Hurricane – Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan 76-03-05
8. Stringman – Hammersmith Odeon, London 76-03-31
9. Evening Coconut – Stills-Young Band: Civic Center, Springfield, Mass. 76-06-27
10. Long May You Run – Stills-Young Band: Civic Center, Providence, R.I. 76-07-07
11. Southern Man – same as above
12. Give Me Strength – The Auditorium, Chicago 76-11-15
13. Comes a Time – The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, Calif. 77-08-27
14. Sail Away – same as above
15. Lady Wingshot – Bicentennial Park, Miami 77-11-12
16. Shots – Boarding House, San Francisco 78-05-24
17. Come on Baby, Let’s Go Downtown (Whitten-Young) – Civic Center, Providence, R.I. 78-09-25

1. If You Got Love – Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden 82-10-08
2. Transformer Man – same as above
3. My Boy – Palmer Auditorium, Austin, Texas 83-01-14
4. Old Ways – Cal Expo Amphitheater, Sacramento, Calif. 83-07-26
5. Kinda Fonda Wanda – same as above
6. Gonna Rock Forever – The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, Calif. 84-02-07 2nd show
7. Touch the Night – same as above
8. Amber Jean – “Austin City Limits” TV show, Austin, Texas 84-09-25
9. Good Phone – same as above
10. Helpless – same as above
11. Down by the River – same as above
12. Interstate – proposed but unreleased Farm Aid EP; USA 1985
13. Grey Riders – same as above
14. Nothing Is Perfect – same as above
15. Southern Pacific – same as above

1. Mideast Vacation – Tough on Toxic Benefit, Long Beach, Calif. 86-08-28
2. Road of Plenty (Eldorado) – Metropolitan Center, Minneapolis 86-10-17
3. Computer Age – Palatrussardi, Milan, Italy 87-05-05
4. Bad News – Poplar Creek Music Theater, Hoffman Estates, Ill. 88-08-16
5. Ordinary People – Jones Beach, Wantaugh, N.Y. 88-08-27
6. Rockin’ in the Free World – “Saturday Night Live” TV show, New York 89-09-30
7. Winterlong – Ahoy Sportpaleis, Rotterdam, Netherlands 89-12-13
8. Silver and Gold – Civic Center, Santa Monica, Calif. 90-03-31
9. Campaigner – Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, N.Y. 91-03-16
10. Homefires – Orpheum Theatre, Boston 92-03-20
11. Only Love Can Break Your Heart – Children’s Health Fund benefit, Los Angeles 93-03-01
12. Mr. Soul – Ahoy Sportpaleis, Rotterdam, Netherlands 93-07-05
13. Separate Ways – Torhout Festival, Belgium 93-07-03
14. Philadelphia – Academy Awards, Los Angeles 94-03-21


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