(Rumors, Sightings, Eavesdroppings)
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Got word from a reliable source that the Buffalo Springfield box set has made it to the "Test Pressing" stage. I was wondering with all this talk of solo album, CSNY, Neil archives, etc, if the BS box was going to be put on hold. I suppose that could still happen, but with word on these test pressings it sounds like maybe we'll be seeing it despite all that.
It also appears that the speculation of it being made up primarily
of new masters of the three official BS albums is likely to be
true. However I'm told that the new masters "sound even better"...
And there definitely will be some unreleased material and
alternate versions of songs included. I'm not sure about live
stuff, though. Maybe Neil kept that for the archives...
. . . RE*AC*TOR
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 1999 20:21:53 -0500
Subject: More Neil-related CDs
Re*ac*tor mentioned the Trio II CD. Heard it today and ATG is pretty lush. Starts off with solo piano, then the Trio sing. Beautiful. They took some liberties with the song however, changing "Felt like getting high" to "Felt like I could cry".
Other nice things about the CD: David Grisman plays mandolin throughout, songs by AP Carter, Harley Allen (a Neil look alike), Del McCoury, local fav here in Boston Jennifer Kimball, John Starling.
Also check out the new album by Nancy Wilson (of Heart) Live at McCabe's Guitar Shop. Nancy's solo guitar and voice with back up vocals by Kristen Barry and Astrid Young (as they put it, "from the Neil Young Tribe").
Also check out the new Dennis Brown CD Tribulation. There's a Reggae For What Its Worth that's VERY interesting. They list it as Watch This Sound (For What Its Worth).
Brian From Boston
Date: Tue, 02 Feb 1999 16:52:18 -0500
Subject: Neil-related CDs
That Trio II album (Dolly/Emmylou/Linda) with them singing After The Goldrush on it is now set for release next Tuesday (Feb 9).
The CSN (CSNY?) album that Neil's helping out with is
apparently planned for "May".
. . . RE*AC*TOR
From: THB <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 01 Feb 1999 12:24:54 +0100
Subject: Mercury Rev does more Neil
Mercury Rev put on a nice show here in Oslo, Norway last night.
Highlights included covers of Lennon's Isolation and our man's
Cortez The Killer.
From: Susanne & Jesper <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 1999 13:40:48 +0100
Subject: YOTH in Denmark
Unfortunately up to now, Year of the Horse has never been shown in Danish movietheatres. But now the opportunity is here. According to Danish newspapers, it will be shown as a part of a filmfestival at the Vega (a concerthall in Copenhagen) on the 26th of February at 9pm.
From: michal <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 1999 18:08:51 +0200
Subject: Neil on French TV tonight
Just wanted to remind anybody who might have forgotten, a special on
Neil on ARTE (French channel) tonight. It's at 1:00 here in
Israel (that's actually tomorrow...). Anybody who gets this channel
check for the right time in their own county, since I know mine is
not in synch with the rest of the world. ;-)
Standing at the edge of you
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 1999 16:00:51 +0000
Subject: Mercury Rev's Neil Covers
Just got a 12" and two CD singles with different "b-sides" by Mercury Rev. The "a-side" is Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp. On one of the CD's they cover VAMPIRE BLUES -- live. (The other CD has a cover of Lennon's Isolation.) They've covered Cortez the Killer and Philadelphia in the past. They're on tour in Ireland ,then Japan. Hope they do more stateside gigs when they return in March.
-Pardon My Heart
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 1999 09:38:49 -0500
Subject: SonicNet quotes Elliot
Lots of tour news and other Neil info in
article quoting Elliot. Check it out.
. . . RE*AC*TOR
From: Ryan Schwartz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 13:21:04 CST
Subject: Neil in "Alternative" Top 100
In today's Guardian (UK) Review section, there was a list of the "Alternative" top 100 Albums of All Time. They pre-excluded all the 'popular' ones, then had 50 people from the music business pick their favorites... The Neil albums they pre-excluded were After the Gold Rush, Harvest and Rust Never Sleeps. Here are the Neil-related results:
"Long Walk Home"
From: Benny Ekl|v ENGE <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 17:14:04 +0200 (EET)
Subject: Motorhead's Cover; Neil's Essential
Motorhead has just released a live album, but I canīt remember what itīs called. Anyway, they do a song called Cinnamon Girl, which I assume is a cover of the Neilsterīs song. What is it with these hard rocking dudes? First Type O Negative, now Motorhead.
Also, Neil was mentioned in a Swedish newspaper here in Finland called Hufvudstadsbladet the other day. A rock journalist listed six defining rock albums in rock history from where a person not acquainted with rock music could start. He listed the following:
The preying mantis
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 09:21:23 PST
Subject: Beauty in the eye of the beholder
A short article in the Fayetteville Observer-Times (NC) today mentions both Neil and Bob Dylan. The article is called Women are judged by their outsides, by Michelle Valenzuela. It seems as though she is not entirely fond of our guy's appearance. The article reads in part:
"If you doubt that women are judged by their looks, just try to name five unattractive female entertainers. It's tough, isn't it?She is right about one thing, Neil is cool.
I bet you can name five unattractive male entertainers: Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Dennis Franz, and Lyle Lovett, for example.
They are talented men. Some of them are really cool, have charm or a sense of humor and those qualities make them attractive."
From: MoMo <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 03:00:23 -0000
Subject: France Declares "Neil Young Year"
Today, in TeleObs, a very well known and very well distributed newspaper in France:
"Hey Hey, My My, Rock'n'Roll can never dieThey speak about Rust Never Sleeps, which will be broadcast on the Arte TV channel next Saturday, and about Year of the Horse, which will be in a Paris movie theater this week. Then they add:
1999 will be the Neil Young's year."
"In June and July, Neil Young will do us the great honour of an European tour. In October, an 8 CD package taken from his archives will crown this Young year."The last sentence is:
"The end of this century will be Youngist or won't"And under a Neil picture:
"The classic Neil Young, an artist, a real one, of those who never rust."Atchao
As if all these tour & album rumors aren't enough, this is in today's Allstar News:
Neil Young, Wyclef Jean To Receive Rock The Vote Award. . . RE*AC*TOR
Neil Young and the Fugees' Wyclef Jean are this year's honorees for Rock the Vote's Patrick Lippert Award, to be given out Feb. 23 at the House of Blues in Los Angeles.
Young's contributions to Farm Aid and the Bridge School Benefit concerts earned him the honor, while Wyclef Jean is being honored for the Wyclef Jean Foundation. The Fugee will perform with his Refugee Allstars at the sixth annual event. -- Carrie Borzillo
Just finished watching CNN Showbiz Today. They had a story about a music convention in L.A. Their guest was Graham Nash. He was questioned about CSN being in the studio.
Nash said that they have been in the studio for about 6 months now, and that NEIL YOUNG has be laying down some tracks in the last 10 days. Nash said that Neil is on about 8 tracks so far, and that there is country, english ballads, cajun, and some of "Neil's hard edge tunes".
He didn't say if or when anything would be released or not, but he seemed very excited about Neil coming in and working with CSN over the past 10 days.
SOOOOOOOOOO, will it be a CSNY, or a CSN w/Y new album??????? Only time will tell. Either way, I CAN'T WAIT...!!!!!
David aka Wonderin Man!!!
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 15:43:15 -0800
Subject: Neil's Smog's Godfather
In a Golden Smog review in the Orange County Register yesterday, it says...
They're getting so good with this professional hootenanny you sort of wish they were a real band. Golden Smog -- which is to the smart, referential alt-country movement what CSN&Y were to folk rock...The Neil cover was Revolution Blues.
...no Smog show is complete without a closing round of odd covers. This nights' featured...<snip> everyone stomping through a tip of the hat to the genre's godfather, Neil Young.
There you have it, Neil's a godfather to another genre ("smart, referential alt-country").
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 07:59:46 -0500
Subject: CSNY album?
Wolf Arnold wrote:
> I received this message today: > > Date: 26 Jan 1999 00:49:09 -0000 > > NEWS FLASH...CSN&Y are going into the studio to > > make a new album...more details later.... > > ---Henry and all the folks at Henry's Gallery. > 'Henry' is Henry Diltz, the guy who shot some of the > best pictures of CSN&Y during all the years...I think this might be confirming the cryptic message on Crosby's CPR web page. Perhaps Neil's laying down a track or two with CSN as a guest on their new album? Diltz, who's real tight with CSN, would hear about that if so. Maybe he, or the person who runs his web site, hears about Neil showing up and jumps to a conclusion that they're doing an album together.
With all of the stuff Neil's doing this year, I would seriously doubt
that he'd be party to a "CSNY" album -- but it would make sense for
a "CSN with special guest Y" album to hit the streets in the
middle of the "Neil Revival" we're expecting this year. That's my take
on this news snippet, anyway....
. . . RE*AC*TOR
From: Don Wilske <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 07:55:58 -0600
Subject: New Neil Covers
Reading the new issue of Ice last night, I noticed two references to covers of Neil Young songs by other bands. A band called D Generation will have a new album Through the Darkness on February 23 on Columbia. I includeds a cover of Don't Be Denied.
And the Meat Puppets will have a cover of I Am A Child on a new release as a bonus track.
Since I know there are a few Gov't Mule fans out there, they have a new live release scheduled for late March. It was culled from 6+ hours of tapes from their New Year's Eve show at the Fox in Atlanta. It includes their version of Cortez The Killer.
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999 07:50:20 -0500
Subject: Rumors -- Another variation
Here's a blurb from the All Music Guide's news service on their web site:
Rumors have been circulating about what records Neil Young will be releasing in the coming months. An album of brand new material was on Warner Brothers' release schedule for March 23, but has recently been pushed back indefinitely. Apparently, Young decided that he was not finished with the album, and is working on more new songs.. . . RE*AC*TOR
Then there's the long-awaited box set first mentioned to fans a decade ago. Warner Brothers publicity department says that Young is finishing his new album, but before he finishes it, he will go out on a brief solo acoustic tour to try out some of his new songs on audiences (similar to his pre-Harvest Moon tour of 1992). The release of the box set will depend on when Young actually releases his new album; if the album is in stores by summer, there is a possibility that the box set will be in stores for Christmas.
The box set, which will likely be five CDs, will contain some of his earliest work, stretching from his days in his teenage band the Squires, through his early '60s group the Mynah Birds, which also included future funk hitmaker Rick James. The box will also include Buffalo Springfield music as well, but will not stretch beyond that.
Well, I decided to check out the TLC Rock'n'Roll Moments show at 6.00 PM (Pacific) and it was pretty good. Definitely has a great, must have, highlight for Rusties -- Buffalo Springfield performing Mr Soul with Neil featured (obviously as the lead singer), looking great. Stills was jumping around, everybody was having a great time except that the bass player has his back to the camera and is sitting down -- maybe this wasn't Jim Palmer?
Also Neil is featured several times with remarks on R'n'R, and says -- and this is the first time I heard this -- that Otis Redding was going to record Mr Soul on his next album; which he of course never did, since he was killed in a plane crash before he got started on it. Neil also waxes lyrical on Jimi Hendrix.
There are also comments by Grace Slick and Jerry Garcia. Lotsa great footage of the Stones (I Just Wanna Make Love to You), a heretofore unseen beautiful live performance of God Only Knows by the Beach Boys with Brian Wilson on keyboards, Jimi does Wild Thing, Jerry Lee Lwis does Great Balls of Fire, and it finishes up with the real King of Rock 'n' Roll -- Chuck Berry -- doing Johnny B Goode.
Lotsa other goodies in there - Temptations, Otis, Beatles
doing Twist and Shout and others. Keep and eye out for it the next
time around. IMO, in this one hour show they did a much better job than the
one done in 6 hours by ABC a couple of years ago.
Field of Time
From: Don Wilske <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 1999 14:18:11 -0600
Subject: Reprise confirms album delay
Last Thursday I sent an e-mail to Reprise Records requesting a confirmation of the delay to Neil's new release. They finally responded today: "the release date has been pushed back."
Old news by now, but it's from the horse's _______ (fill in the blank yourself... ;-)
From: Deb Schulmeister <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 1999 16:04:08 PST
Subject: VCR Alert!
The Learning Channel (TLC) will be showing a program as part of its "Real History" series. The show, called Rock 'n Roll Moments, will air Monday night, January 25, at 9p.m. eastern time. The promos show a clip of Neil in a headband saying, "It's totally out of control." They promise "rare performances." Might be worth a look....
Rewriting the Rules
From: rick shearer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 06:58:14 PST
Subject: Rumors, Rumors
No "real news" here, but here it is anyway. From Ben Wenner's column in the Friday Orange County Register, and I quote,
.....And rumours are swirling that Phish has entered the studio with Neil Young to back him on a coming record, as well as perhaps support him on a summer tour. Given that there's also been word that Young's next album is a quiet, acoustic affair (a la Harvest Moon) and that he's been extremely secretive over just what might be released this year (more and more talk of box sets has emerged), it's difficult to say what is real and what is wishful thinking.Rick 'proto-rustie'
Way back in early November '98, I saw that Where The Buffalo Roam, on VHS (NTSC-only), was to be re-released on or about 12/15/98. Just got it Tuesday this week. This movie is really funny - Bill Murray and Peter Boyle are actually real good. For those who don't know, Neil gets the credit for the music.
Also, you can get it in either the standard version (pan & scan) OR in a new widescreen (letterbox) 'collectors' edition which comes in a colored plastic snap-case.
From: Omar Zia <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 17:41:25 -0600
Subject: Reprise again confirms Archives
This from Addicted To Noise:
Neil Young Box Set Dueuh, I mean, SONICNET.....
A long-rumored multiple-CD set chronicling the early career of folk-rock icon Neil Young is on track for release in the latter half of 1999, according to Warner Bros./Reprise Records spokesperson Bob Merlis. The set, still untitled, will cover Young's career from his work with his teenage band The Squires, through his early '60s group the Mynah Birds -- which also featured funketeer Rick James -- through the end of his time with folk-rock band Buffalo Springfield in 1968.
From: Omar Zia <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 10:36:23 -0600
Subject: CSN & Y not???
There is a note on David Crosby's website that the new CSN album features a "special guest" with the cryptic tag line "&.Y not?".....
Could this be the first CSNY studio collaboration in 11 years? You heard it here first....(or second)
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 12:10:31 -0800
Subject: Rev Cover Neil
Here's a new Neil cover for you collectors out there. From New Music Express:
MERCURY REV's secret low-key show - attended mostly by press and music industry people - at London's Sound Republic (Monday January 18) was a lackluster affair, mainly due to the meat locker-style atmosphere of the venue...Rick 'proto-rustie'
"We're going to do some songs and then some songs we actually like", (Jonathan) Donahue announced before settling down into stool rock mode and covering Motion Pictures from Neil Young's hard-to-find On The Beach album...
Postscript from: Mark Giles <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 21:47:39 -0000
A live set from Mercury Rev is to be broadcast on next Monday's Lamaq Live on BBC Radio 1 (in the UK). Hopefully it will be this one (with Motion Pictures) or else one of their other shows where they do Cortez the Killer.
From today's Addicted To Noise. Ouch.
Neil Young Album Pushed BackIt's not the company I keep,
The release date of the upcoming record from rock-folk legend Neil Young has been delayed for an unspecified length of time to allow the singer/guitarist to complete more work on the still-untitled album, according to Warner Bros./Reprise Records spokesperson Bob Merlis. The album, Young's 29th studio LP, was originally scheduled for a March 23 release, but an inspired Young has gone back into his home studio to work on two new tracks. Among those who have contributed to the album to date are bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn, pedal-steel guitarist/producer Ben Keith, star session drummer Jim Keltner and keyboardist/songwriter Spooner Oldham.
Hey folks, just learned this tidebit: Year of the Horse will air on Cinemax on March 31st, at 12 midnight....
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 1999 13:56:58 EST
Subject: Neil's Hawaiian Vacation
Just wanted to share this morning's L.A. Times Neil report:
Neil Young spent a recent trip to Hawaii writing 2 new songs that he's now recording for possible inclusion in his upcoming album. The new songs, if used, will round out a set said to be more on the "loving, beautiful" side of Young. Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt went to Young's Nortern CA ranch to add some gackground vocals to tracks that feature... Keltner, Dunn, Keith, Oldham.
Tentative plans are for a March 23 release, with a fairly intimate, "evening with" tour to follow.
Meanwhile, after years of talk, work on the first release of a mammoth archival series is really happening, with a multi-disc set of previously unreleased Young recordings going back as far as his high school days and including complete concert tapes on target for a possible Christmas release. --Steve Hockman
Today, in one of the first French Rock & Roll newspapers, Rock & Folk, there's a 6 page article on Neil by Philippe Manoeuvre (who's written for rock newspapers since about 1970). It's accompanied by pictures from HORDE 97 and from Bridge 98. On the last page of the article:
"The new album from the Loner will be released end of March 99. This is a full acoustic recording with Linda Rostadt and Emmylou Harris as backing vocals.No source is mentioned, that's why I still think these are rumours.
"Starting in April, an American tour. In July, Neil Young will tour in the major European festivals (Eurockeennes?) backed with the psyche-barre grave Phish.
"In October, a 8 CD pack will be released (4 from studio recordings and 4 from concert of the first period). It will a series of 4 packs that will offer the complete work of Neil Young, that is to say 32 volumes that will be released between 1999 and 2001."
Some other related Neil News: there will be a Jarmusch movie festival in Paris: at Grand Action movie theater (5th district). Year of the Horse will play: January 20, 23, 28, 31, February 5, 9. There will be 5 performances a day: 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm and 10pm.
The video should be released on Jan 20th in France.
Date: 15 Jan 1999 15:09:11 -0600
Subject: Minneapolis Neil Tribute
Just wanted to alert anyone who might care that on Sat night the 16th, at Mayslacks (428 4th St NE, Mpls) there's going to be a Neil Young Tribute: World on a String.
ruby in the dust
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 23:41:06 +0100
Record Collector Magazine says Neil Young has signed on to do an episode of VH1's Storytellers.
From: Dave Bazini <Dave_Bazini@lord.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Jan 1999 11:43:26 -0500
Subject: Howard & CSNY
While listening to Howard Stern this morning, Robin was playing clips from a "music" awards show from the previous night. Little sound bites of the Backstreet Boys and Will Smith etc. Howard interrupted, saying something to the effect of: "What is this stuff? I guess I can't relate anymore. What ever happened to Crosby, Stills, & Nash? Someone should give them an award." He neglected to say "Young" but he meant to, I'm sure, since he then began singing lines from Ohio.
Dave of Clawson, MI
From: Brad Brandeau <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 1999 00:36:51 -0500
Subject: Neil & Zen
Picked up a book in a bookstore called The Zen of Guitar Playing or something like that...
Inside...at the beginning of each chapter, there was a quote from various guitarists who we all know and love...
here's the Neil quote:
"I'll go for things I know are going to be wrong...with a vengeance." ---Neil YoungHave a fine week ...all.
From: Pete Thayer <Pete.Thayer@state.me.us>
Date: 12 Jan 1999 10:07:35 -0500
Subject: Neilathon in Charlottesville
For those of ya's within earshot of Charlottesville, Va...
The annual WTJU Neil Radio Marathon, consisting of official and not-so official music, classic interview clips, and an interview conducted in conjunction with the broadcast is coming. In previous years Scott Young and John Einarson have been interviewed, this year it will be Astrid Young!
It's hosted by Aer Stephen, aka Waterface. Four big hours of prime Neil cuts this year! It's part of a week-long benefit/pledge drive for this community radio station.
It's on Tuesday, March 2, from 7 to 11 PM, on 91.1 FM.
For those seeking more info, you can email Aer, or check out the station's web page. If you like what you hear, Aer's regular shows are on Tuesdays (noon to 2pm) and Thursdays (5 to 7pm).
Let it Ring,
From: PD Larson <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 1999 14:34:54 -0600
Subject: Neil in Christgau Book
For Xmas I splurged and picked up a new book by Robert Christgau, Grown Up All Wrong: 75 Great Rock and Pop Artists From Vaudeville to Techno. Christgau, once described as the "dean of American rock critics," is a long-time rock crit for the Village Voice, famous for his "Consumer Guide" columns and books. He is also a huge Neil fan.
Anywho, in his new book, which is mostly a compilation of previous Voice articles, there is a previously unpublished article (from 1997) about Neil which deals almost exclusively with the Time Fades Away, On The Beach, Hawks & Doves and Trans albums. If you get a chance, definitely check this out - the article is superb. The rest of the book looks pretty interesting, too - everything from Nat King Cole to PJ Harvey!
paul larson..."sacred roots"
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