Neil Young’s first tour of Japan left a lasting impression. Every show was recorded. Here’s the final night in Tokyo.
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NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE
Arena Of Gold [Tarantura TCDNY-7-1,2 2CD]
Live at Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan, March 11, 1976.
Last March, Tarantura, the Japanese Led Zeppelin label, released a new uncirculated master audience recording of Neil Young’s last show in Japan, 1976. It was an incredibly clear and well recorded show with a nice stereo image.
As was the composition of Young’s shows at the time, the first set was solo Neil Young with acoustic guitar or piano. And he liked to add new songs. For this evening, Young introduced Let It Shine which by the end of the year would appear on the Stills-Young Band’s one and only album, Long May You Run. A close look at the setlist suggests the singer was getting over his failed relationship.
The second set brought on his heavy band, Crazy Horse. It is a delight to hear this period of Young’s career when songs like Cowgirl In The Sand, Like A Hurricane, Drive Back, Southern Man, Cortez The Killer and Cinnamon Girl all benefited from the stress and distress of touring before the rock star business culture set in. You can sense tension, surprise and a certain desperation whereas these days everything is so well thought out.
An interesting thing to note is that tapes of these shows do exist probably in Neil Young’s archives. The first hint was in the production of his triple LP, Decade. It was assembled by Young and planned for release late in 1976 but was delayed at the last minute.
The initial liner notes indicated that one song (a live version of “Don’t Cry No Tears”) was recorded in Japan in 1976. But this song and Pushed It Over The End never made it to the final version of Decade.
Of the song, Young wrote, “Don’t Cry No Tears. Initially titled ‘I Wonder,’ this song was written in 1964. One of my first songs. This is a live recording from Japan with Crazy Horse.”
If he ever releases the first installment of Neil Young’s Archives, hopefully the entire 1976 tour of Japan will follow. Till then, we have this very good audience recording. Thanks to Tarantura for making it happen.
- The Little Chicken
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Track 101. Tell Me Why (5.8MB)
Track 102. Mellow My Mind (5.0MB)
Track 103. After The Gold Rush (6.1MB)
Track 104. Too Far Gone (4.4MB)
Track 105. Only Love Can Break Your Heart (4.8MB)
Track 106. Let It Shine [released on Stills-Young Band’s Long May You Run album] (6.5MB)
Track 107. A Man Needs A Maid (5.4MB)
Track 108. No One Seems To Know [unreleased] (4.8MB)
Track 109. Heart Of Gold (5.7MB)
Track 201. Intermission (581k)
Track 202. Country Home (8.6MB)
Track 203. Don’t Cry No Tears (3.5MB)
Track 204. Cowgirl In The Sand (9.7MB)
Track 205. Lotta Love (5.3MB)
Track 206. Like A Hurricane (12.1MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 207. The Losing End (6.4MB)
Track 208. Drive Back (6.9MB)
Track 209. Southern Man (13.3MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 210. Cortez The Killer (10.5MB)
Track 211. Cinnamon Girl (4.8MB)
Neil Young - guitar, vocals
Billy Talbot - bass
Frank Sampedro - guitar
Ralph Molina - drums
The last time we featured this tour, it was March 3 live at Aichikan, Taiikukan, Nagoya. Follow the link here.
Neil Young embarked on his world tour with Crazy Horse in 1976. His album at the time was the powerful Zuma. You can buy it here.