end it with a cry…

I’ve been wondering. Can you legitimately call it s bootleg if it’s officially released. It all started with Dylan, now Neil Young is on the bandwagon with the official bootleg series.

Don’t get me wrong I love archival releases and apparently having disposable income I tend to buy them when they come out and on vinyl at that. It’s intoxicating to step back in time and hear an artist at their prime wowing an audience. It’s time for travel man.

Neil Young’s latest release of his concert at Carnegie Hall in 1970 is as to probably be expected really unsurprisingly excellent. The song selection is perfect for the time. I’m not sure he had managed to write a clunker by 1970. He was remarkably consistent and even the lighter songs like Wonderin’ and Dance Dance Dance stand up despite the quality of the surrounding songs.

Neil Young for my mind is the only songwriter who can successfully switch between electric and acoustic and not have the listener feeling like something is missing.

So all the hits and none of the clunkers but is it really a bootleg man.

7 thoughts on “end it with a cry…

  1. Yeah, calling it a bootleg taps into some sort of hipster marketing effort. If it truly was a bootleg, it would have been recorded on a cassette tape recorder the size of a loaf of bread (are you old enough to remember those?) and would sound like crap. I’m sure this was professionally recorded on a high-end tape deck in the sound room. Now about the album… I think I’ll get this. I really love Neil live and a show I saw in the 80s remains the best live music experience of my life.

    1. I am old enough to remember those cassette recorders. Likewise I have a Neil memory from the 80s it was excellent and crushingly loud.
      To defend him he is releasing professionally recorded versions of what up this point had been concerts available as bootlegs recorded on cassette players and reel to reels smuggled in by fans.

  2. A couple of thought-provoking questions: when is a bootleg no longer a bootleg?
    And is there another artist that can switch between acoustic / electric so seamlessly?
    I’ll be pondering both today.
    Though like you said, not much pondering required as to whether this album would be good, unsurprisingly excellent sounds like the predictable result of Neil + 1970 = !

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