Monday, June 11, 2018

Neil Young - 1978 Boarding House Compilation

The other day, news broke that Neil Young will be (or maybe not, you never know with him), releasing an acoustic album from a tour in 1976. Well, it got me thinking. You see, shortly before hitting the road with Crazy Horse in 1978, Neil Young played a series of shows at the small, acoustic-oriented Boarding House in San Francisco. It was filled with new songs, including "Shots," "Thrasher," and "Ride My Llama."

The thing about Neil which makes him so compelling to me is that he's always followed his muse and been in a position where he's able to do so, no matter where it takes him. For most of the 80s - for my money, his most creative period - he dabbled in proto-techno, 50s greaser rock and honky-tonk, not to mention the wonderful This Note's For You. The 70s are probably most people's fave Young period, and he made all sorts of weird turns there, too. A weird one-off show with like five guitarists, the shambling Tonight's the Night tour, even a Crazy Horse show where they played mostly stuff they, and not Young, wrote.

These Boarding House shows fit neatly into this pattern. Even as Neil was listening to punk and writing tunes with a sharp, harder edge to them, he was also leaning back into his folkie days: just about all the new songs here wouldn't sound too out of place on Live at the Riverboat. I like how whomever put this mix together thought to include two versions of "Thrasher," including one where Young fucks up and stops the song. "These songs have so many words," he says.

The tape (tapes?) here are all audience-sourced, and have great sound, making you feel like you're right there in the club. Did Young tape these shows? Well, there is a notch for them on the online archives, so.....

8 comments:

M. Milner said...

Neil '78: https://workupload.com/file/pL3fWFr

jim said...

Thanks, Neil young is always great! jimg.

jim said...

I tried 2 x, & it does not come up to Neil.

jim said...

When I go to download it I get a message from google that says Neil Young '78 missing, & it gives me something entirely different. Please check, I would really like to get it. Have a nice day. Thanks, for your site. jimg.

M. Milner said...

Jim: that's really odd. I tried it myself and it worked, and the link has a few dozen downloads. are you just copy and pasting the https:// part?

jim said...

Yes. What else can I do?

M. Milner said...

Here's another upload. If this one doesn't work, I'm not sure what else to try. https://we.tl/I7smP2cqQj

jim said...

Thank you. I just got back to it today. I have been very busy getting my junk yard ready to sell. Clean-ups, DEP Testing, lawyers, Real Estate people, & VERY greedy relatives who want more than their share. Have a nice day. I appreciate your help. jimg.