Songs For Judy sees Neil Young delving into his rich archive again. This time, it’s a debut release for his own Shakey Pictures Records label. The album gathers together solo live recordings from November 1976. There are well-known classics such as Heart Of Gold, The Needle And The Damage Done and After Gold Rush coupled with early versions of songs such as White Line which wouldn’t appear in studio form until his 1990 album, Ragged Glory. This album’s USP, however, is No One Seems To Know - a song that has never been released anywhere before. Double LP on 140g vinyl and CD.
Vinyl Double LP £22.99 0093624903796
140g vinyl, gatefold 2LP on Warner Bros.
CD £12.49 0093624903789
CD on Warner Bros.
9/10 Tom 19th December 2018
The latest release from Neil Young's Archive Performance series presents Young running solo through the classics during a 1976 tour. This collection of recordings was originally made and bootlegged by Joel Bernstein and Cameron Crowe, but now it's been given the proper release it deserves.
Is there much to distinguish this record from other stellar live records from the Archive series (I'm thinking of Live at Massey Hall 1971 and Live at the Cellar Door in particular)? The answer is yes, actually. Recorded at the peek of his songwriting and performing powers (and at least five years after the aforementioned records), Songs for Judy features a wide array of his greatest songs, plenty of playful banter with the boisterous audiences, and a couple of unreleased songs. The banjo rendition of the then-unreleased "Human Highway" is particularly wonderful.
The Neil Young Archives continue to surprise and delight!
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