Neil Young – ROXY: Tonight’s the Night Live (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Neil Young – ROXY: Tonight’s the Night Live (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 53:09 minutes | 1,9 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © Reprise

Roxy – Tonight’s The Night Live is one of the most sought-after recordings from his vast archives. This was the first public performance of many of the songs that would make up Young’s seminal album Tonight’s The Night, which would not be released until June 1975. The album’s final track “Walk On” would not appear until the release of On The Beach, in July 1974. Young would be the first artist to christen the stage at what would become one of the world’s great clubs, The Roxy Theater on the riotous Sunset Strip, right next door to the already infamous Rainbow Bar & Grille. The shows took place on September 20-22, 1973.

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Neil Young – Hitchhiker (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Neil Young – Hitchhiker (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 33:41 minutes | 1,32 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Front Cover | © 143/Reprise

Neil Young will open his archive and release Hitchhiker, an unreleased new studio album. The 10-track acoustic solo album was recorded in Malibu, CA at Indigo Studio in 1976. The original session was produced by Young’s long-time studio collaborator David Briggs.

Recorded between Zuma and American Stars and Bars as a solo album in a single session, the resultant performances are truly breathtaking and passionate. The simplicity of a single voice and guitar captured here is as pure and powerful as it gets, with only Young, Briggs and actor Dean Stockwell in the room at the time of recording. A few of the songs would not appear on vinyl until years later. Some have never been heard, included in the original sessions for Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s Dume, another unreleased record of original sessions that yielded the classic album, Zuma. When the Hitchhiker album was recorded, none of the included songs had ever been released and many of the performances of the songs were the first ever.

This is truly an album of original performances.

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Colorado (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Colorado (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 50:24 minutes | 967 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Reprise

“Colorado” is the first new Neil Young with Crazy Horse album since 2012’s “Psychedelic Pill”. The album will be released on October 25th and features 10 new Neil Young compositions. It includes several songs that Neil has been playing live in the past few months (eg: “Rainbow of Colors”, “Green Is Blue” and “Milky Way”), and the epic 13+ minute track “She Showed Me Love”.

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Neil Young – This Note’s for You (1988/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Neil Young – This Note’s for You (1988/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 39:12 minutes | 782 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Reprise

The 16th studio album from Neil Young, This Note’s For You was released in 1988 and was originally credited to Young & The Bluenotes. The overall theme of the album relates to the commercialism of rock and roll. The video for the title track was basically a parody of corporate rock and advertising which featured a Michael Jackson look-alike whose hair catches fire. The video was nominated for a Grammy in the category of “Best Concept Video” in 1989.

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Neil Young – Songs for Judy – Live (Remastered) (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/176,4kHz]

Neil Young – Songs for Judy – Live (Remastered) (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/176,4 kHz | Time – 01:19:13 minutes | 2,64 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Reprise

Neil Young’s archives are a bottomless treasure chest. The Loner has unearthed some hidden gems from 1976, the year when he was on tour both with his group, Crazy Horse, and as a solo acoustic artist, not forgetting his shows with Stephen Stills with whom he released the album Long May You Run in September. Songs for Judy focuses on his solo acoustic performances and comprises of around twenty tracks that he recorded in Boston, Atlanta, Fort Worth, Houston, Madison, Chicago and New York throughout November. They are mostly his classic hits (Heart of Gold, After the Gold Rush, The Needle and the Damage Done) but there are also some less well-known ones (No One Seems to Know). This was Neil Young when he was surfing an incredible wave of creativity, in just two years he composed three masterpieces: On the Beach, Tonight’s the Night and Zuma. The content of his compositions is truly impressive, and despite only being equipped with a guitar, piano, organ and harmonica, the recordings are flawless and deserving of being played on a loop. Even if these kinds of unpublished recordings are recommended first and foremost for Neil Young fans, for those who aren’t as familiar with his music this is a great place to begin.  – Marc Zisman

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