NEIL YOUNG & THE GONE WITH THE WIND ORCHESTRA
Miami 1977 [Pink Robert, 1CD]
Live at the Miami Music Festival Of Arts, Bicentennial Park, Miami, FL; November 12, 1977. Good to fairly good audience (?) recording; assembled from three sources and remastered. Some hiss.
The only performance with The Gone With The Wind Orchestra - thanks to Pink Robert for all the efforts sharing this show.
Here are some notes by 1chucho posted at Dime:
“Everyone played and it was the country wall of sound, the Gone With the Wind Orchestra. What a sound! Soon after I was so high on that orchestra that I did a free concert in Miami and took the whole group down there and played. But we didn’t record it - I can’t believe it. It must be the only thing I’ve ever done that I didn’t record. I did “Sweet Home Alabama” at that show, and the folks loved it. (My own song “Alabama” richly deserved the shot Lynyrd Skynyrd gave me with their great record. I don’t like my words when I listen to it today…)”
- Neil Young 2012 (”Waging Heavy Peace”)
This was a benefit in Miami shortly after Lynyrd Skynyrd’s plane went down on October 20, 1977 killing bandmembers Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and Cassie Gaines. In tribute, Neil followed “Alabama” with “Sweet Home Alabama.” And then, in classic Neil Young style, he followed that with “Are You Ready for the Country,” to my ears a song about the finality of death. “You gotta tell your story, boy, before it’s time to go.”
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Track 01. Are You Ready For The Country (9.7MB)
Track 02. Dance Dance Dance (8.2MB)
Track 03. Old Man (7.2MB)
Track 04. The Losing End (9.4MB)
Track 05. Heart Of Gold (6.7MB)
Track 06. The Needle And The Damage Done (4.5MB)
Track 07. Sugar Mountain (17.8MB)
Track 08. Already One (9.6MB)
Track 09. Lady Wingshot (5.1MB)
Track 10. Four Strong Winds - cut (3.1MB)
Track 11. Down By The River (14.6MB)
Track 12. Alabama/Sweet Home Alabama (10.8MB)
Track 13. Are You Ready For The Country (8.1MB)
Neil Young - vocals, guitar, keyboards, harmonica
Nicolette Larson - background vocals
Ben Keith - steel guitar
Spooner Oldham - piano
Tim Drummond - bass
Rufus Thibodeaux - fiddle
Karl T. Himmel - drums
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