September 20, 2015 – 4:06 pm

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with Promise Of The Real
Farm Aid 30 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion, Northerly Island, Chicago, Illinois; September 19, 2015. Very good audio - ripped from webcast.

Thirty years ago, Farm Aid was launched to respond to a farming crisis marked by mounting debt, low prices, and soaring interest rates. In 1985, the year of the first concert in Champaign, Illinois, only 2.2m farms remained, nearly a quarter of the farms operating decades earlier.

Little has changed. The Farm Aid concert, which will take place in downtown Chicago on Saturday, is still combating similar issues: the struggles of mid-size farmers to survive in a climate of unpredictable weather conditions, unstable prices, the development and expense of high-tech equipment, seeds, and pesticides, and farm policies they say favor globalized agribusinesses.

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“The legacy of Farm Aid is twofold: in the change we’ve made in our farm and food system, and in the rich musical record of concerts held since 1985. The list of artists who have played on the Farm Aid stage is a who’s who of the best artists of our time.” - John Mellencamp

Click here to donate to Farm Aid.

In his 2012 autobiography Waging Heavy Peace, Neil Young said of his song, Alabama: “I don’t like my words when I listen to it today. They are accusatory and condescending, not fully thought out, and too easy to misconstrue.”

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Thanks to indykid for sharing webcast at Dime.

Original lineage:
Live Webcast > FFmpeg (capture & edit) > .ts
Video: MPEG4 Video (H264) 1920×1080 4750 Kbps 30.00 fps
Audio: AAC 256 Kbps 48.0 KHz stereo

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Track 01. Introduction by John Mellencamp 1:16 (2.1MB)
Track 02. Workin’ Man  5:03 (8.5MB)
Track 03. A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop 5:36 (9.4MB)
Track 04. Big Box 8:56 (15.0MB)
Track 05. Alabama 4:59 (8.4MB)
Track 06. Western Hero 4:20 (7.3MB)
Track 07. I Won’t Quit 5:28 (9.2MB)
A tirade against corporate greed and the treatment of farmers and animals, this is a brand new song that’s yet to be recorded. Click here for more.

Track 08. Love and Only Love 14:28 (24.3MB)
51 mins

Click here to order The Monstanto Years, Neil Young’s 36th studio album, released on June 29, 2015.

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  1. 5 Responses to “NEIL YOUNG - FARM AID 2015”

  2. Always nice to have a concert from 2018…

    By tajackson on Sep 20, 2015

  3. Thanks Big O for the timely posting. Excellent sound quality and some strong performances.

    By Jania on Sep 21, 2015

  4. Neil and the band rock particularly hard on the last two tracks.

    By Jania on Sep 21, 2015

  5. thanks bigO! the band lineup according to sugar mountain is:

    Neil Young - vocals, electric guitar, harmonica
    Lukas Nelson - electric guitar, vocals
    Micah Nelson - electric guitar, piano, vocals
    Corey McCormick - bass, vocals
    Anthony Logerfo - drums
    Tato Melgar - percussion

    lukas nelson and the promise of the real are on tour soon. according to their web site they play “cowboy hippie surf rock”. sounds good to me!

    By barth on Sep 22, 2015

  6. Love that Neil is railing away from the “FirstMerit Bank Pavilion”. A quick peak at their web pages doesn’t lead me to believe they are trying to help family farms. More like acquire smaller banks and pay whooping executive salaries. Read up next time boys!

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Sep 23, 2015

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