July 2, 2009 – 3:16 pm

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Hyde Park 2009 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Hyde Park, London, UK, June 27, 2009. Very good audience recording.

The highlight of this concert must be the historic meeting of Neil Young and Paul McCartney on stage.

According to, “Young has been playing The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper classic, A Day In The Life, as his encore closer in recent shows. A Day In The Life was primarily John Lennon’s composition, but McCartney contributed the upbeat middle section, ‘Woke up, fell out of bed, dragged a comb across my head…’

“At the beginning of that point in the song, Young turned sideways, looking offstage. As the band played the steady thumping beat, McCartney ran out to the cheers and surprise of the fans, stood alongside Neil and sang the rest of the song. Young played the ‘orchestral climax’ section on his guitar, adding sustained feedback and general chaos, finally ripping his guitar strings and singing the eerie ‘ahhh, ahh ahh ahh,’ vocal chorus. The crowd went suitably nuts. To end the song, after the final chord, Young and McCartney walked over to the xylophone onstage and ponked a few whimsical last notes.”

From grunge to rock to mid-tempo ballads, Neil Young drew them out and entertained the crowd with a pleasing set. A minor quibble: with many songs from the Harvest album, one would have wished that Young had added Out On The Weekend as well.

Thanks to tbugsett who recorded and shared the tracks on the Dime site. tbugsett noted: “I was very close to one of the (speaker) stacks and Rick’s bass was more felt in the chest than actually heard. The ground felt almost like an earthquake… Hence the recording is very bass-heavy. I thought for a bit of doing some eq before uploading but decided in the end against it as this is a more true replica of how it sounded.”

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc I: (56:10)
Track 101. Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black) (9.1MB)
Track 102. Mansion On The Hill (8.6MB)
Track 103. Are You Ready For The Country? (6.9MB)
Track 104. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (5.8MB)
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Track 105. Spirit Road (9.8MB)
Track 106. Words (17.4MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 107. Short improvisation/Cinnamon Girl intro (1.6MB)
Track 108. Cinnamon Girl (8.0MB)
Track 109. Fuckin’ Up (9.9MB)

Disc II: (69:28)
Track 201. Mother Earth (6.4MB)
Track 202. The Needle And The Damage Done (3.6MB)
Track 203. Comes A Time (5.4MB)
Track 204. Unknown Legend (6.8MB)
Track 205. Heart Of Gold (5.1MB)
Track 206. Old Man (5.3MB)
Track 207. Down By The River (26.1MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 208. Get Behind The Wheel (4.5MB)
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Track 209. Rockin’ In The Free World (15.3MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 210. Encore break (4.9MB)
Track 211. A Day In The Life (with special guest Paul McCartney) (12.8MB - visit the html page to download the track)

Neil Young - guitar, harmonica, pump organ, piano, vibraphone, vocals
Ben Keith - pedal steel, lap steel, guitar, organ, background vocals
Rick Rosas - bass, background vocals
Chad Cromwell - drums, background vocals
Pegi Young - background vocals, vibraphone, piano, percussion
Anthony Crawford - background vocals, piano, electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Larry Cragg - banjo on Old Man

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  1. 20 Responses to “NEIL YOUNG - HYDE PARK 2009”

  2. Great stuff my friends. You are the best :)

    Many thanks,


    By Pops on Jul 2, 2009

  3. Unbelievable show! We came to the Uk for a show and boy did we get one! From The Pretenders to Ben Harper and all the others, just a sheer joy to behold. The encore with McCartney was the icing though. What a spectacular version of A Day In The Life. It was atmospheric..mesmerizing..well worth the trip!! Keep on playing Neil, you fuckin rock!!


    By Jim Otis on Jul 3, 2009

  4. thanks.
    i wish somebody would post that braxton show that mary halvorson is on here on bigo. free rules. she’s my friend. the iridium boxset she’s on costs too much. she’s also braxton 5tet-royal festival hall live cd. i don’t have it either. i have ten other cd’s she’s on, though! everybody should check out her and weasel walter-opulence. it rules!


    By Ed Saad on Jul 3, 2009

  5. Been trawling the web for this show - it was amazing to be there … Neil’s energy is gobsmacking for an old ‘un! … and trust BigO to provide the ultimate souvenir. Many thanks to you and to tbugsett or providing this.

    By pctjohnbadger on Jul 3, 2009

  6. Thanks.
    Good sensations with Young & McCartney together. NY is the BigO king, a big number of concerts here. Cheers.

    By R Felis on Jul 3, 2009

  7. Amazing concert!
    Thanks to all bigo’s team ;-)

    By Rochacrimson on Jul 3, 2009

  8. Awesome show. What a great tour. We saw Neil on his Australian tour a few times. What an experience. Wish he came to Australia more!

    By dvanko on Jul 3, 2009

  9. i enjoyed listening to disc 1 yesterday. just got disc 2. thanks, bigo!

    i don’t think it exists, but i was at this show, and have been looking for it for almost 5 years now:
    trevor dunn’s trio-convulsant-zydeco, bham, al 9.29.04. if one can find it, please post it or any of dunn’s trio shows. i’m friend’s with him, mary and ches.

    i’ll tell you i’ve gotten the best avant boots from bigo! keep posting them. i walk around and play everything i have.

    i was walking today playing yes long beach arena 9.26.77. good stuff.


    By Ed Saad on Jul 3, 2009

  10. great stuff, thanks

    By steve on Jul 3, 2009

  11. I’ll probably download the whole thing, but the taper, who decided not to EQ the recording, definitely should’ve… The bass is a bit too much on this one. Still, it’s worth it for the McCartney appearance alone.

    By Shaun on Jul 3, 2009

  12. superb concert thank you so much for providing the recording adds to the memory of a fantastic day.

    By dave on Jul 3, 2009

  13. i played disc 2 walking today. pretty good. thanks, bigo!

    if anybody has the specials-hurrah’s, nyc, ny 82?, please post. i have it on tape. it’s a good one.

    i have lou reed-leave me alone on my ipod right now. i like it. the best lou reed show i got from bigo is claim to fame, the roxy. don cherry. thanks for all the the great boots!!!

    i have tom waits atlanta 7.5.08 and 7.3 bham, al. i was at bham, al!!!! i remember it. me and my brother were up in the balcony much like jethro tull in 2001. we got in to that for $15 a piece. ruled. some lady sold them to right in from of the alabama theatre. i remember getting such a great deal we drove a little bit and saw fu manchu the same night at the nick. that was a first for me. two shows in one night. that was my only show at the nick. fu manchu were great, and i was right up front, but the nick is a dump. full of drunks and their shows start way too late. i would have liked to have seen charlie hunter play there.

    anyway, i remember seeing megadeth, sanctuary and warlock at the alabama theatre in 4-87. i was in 10th grade so i was 14 years old. i remember every single show i was at.


    By Ed Saad on Jul 4, 2009

  14. I can’t wait to hear this show. Paul showing up must have been something for those there. Thanks again BigO

    By Matt on Jul 6, 2009

  15. As a personal policy I save audience recordings to tape (yep, still got a few cassette decks and a few thousand tapes) instead of CD and this one is no exception. The advantage is I can use my external EQ and other boosters/reducers, so i have greatly modified that bass overage. And audience boots on tape, well, that’s just so 1970s - just like me!

    Thanks for this great show.

    By O.B. Dan on Jul 9, 2009

  16. Cheers guys — great stuff as always.

    This is not the first time Neil and Paul have played together, however…look up the Bridge School Benefit 2004 (where McC was the headliner, and also performed with Tony Bennett!)

    I know…I was there!

    By heli0tr0pe on Jul 18, 2009

  17. Hi there
    I would like to know if there is a DVD of the Hyde park 2009 concert?


    By russell on Sep 5, 2009

  18. No official release but BBC did broadcast this show. You can read about it here This is the June 26 broadcast.

    By Admin on Sep 6, 2009

  19. first of all, excellent concert! i know cos i was there

    By peter on Oct 8, 2009

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