INSTA-MAGICK ON THE TWISTED ROAD

May 22, 2010 – 5:11 pm

Young’s on tour, this time with Bert Jansch.

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NEIL YOUNG - BERT JANSCH
Palace Theatre, New York [no label, 3CD]

Live at the Palace Theatre, Albany, New York, May 18, 2010. Excellent audience stereo recording.

This time Neil’s on tour with fellow guitarist and singer-songwriter Bert Jansch who opens every show. Neil has mentioned before that Jansch’s music inspired Ambulance Blues. While this is a solo tour, Neil plays with acoustic and electric guitars and three keyboards that he rotates between.

Best of all, at this show in Albany, New York, Neil debuts SEVEN NEW SONGS and offers another reading of the still unreleased Hitchhiker.

You didn’t see me in Toronto
When I first tried out some hash
Smoked some then and I’ll do it again
If I only had some cash

Then I tried amphetamines
And my head was in a glass
Taped underneath the speedometer wires
Of my ‘48 Buick’s dash.
But I knew that wouldn’t last.

Then came California
Where I first saw open water
In the land of opportunity
I knew I was getting hotter

But the neon lights
And the endless nights
They took me by surprise
The doctor gave me valium
But I still couldn’t close my eyes
I still couldn’t close my eyes.

Then came paranoia
And it ran away with me
I couldn’t sign my autograph
Or appear on TV
Or see or be seen

Living in the country
Sounded good to me
Smoking grass while the summer lasts
In the real organic sea
Where everything was green
Everything was green.

Then we had a kid and we split apart
I was living on the road
A little cocaine went a long long way
To ease that different load
But my head did explode
My head did explode.

Hitchhiker will never pass the censors in $heep city, $ingapore.

Listening to this show reminded me of Neil’s past performance for BBC’s In Concert back in 1971. Then he was solo as well, alternating between an acoustic guitar and the grand piano. All the songs then were mostly new and off the Harvest album. Yet he mesmerized the studio audience of English fans as he chatted and sang in his trebly voice. He was then incubating folk rock, confessional singer-songwriter fare or slow rock or Southern California’s “soft rock”, whatever.

Tonight, he was solo again but the presence of his electric guitars, pump organ and pianos gave him more avenues to explore. In the first half, he quickly dispensed with the acoustic set including three new songs. It’s the electric solo set that’s very interesting. The sound his Old Black makes is purposefully gloomy, just sample the remake of Cortez The Killer, slowed down and shortened to make the point out of the line “what a killer”. This is followed by the friendlier Cinnamon Girl. The light-hearted romp to “chase after the moonlight” is made stark with Neil’s thumping electric guitar.

When Dylan toured with The Band in 1974, he reinvented himself as a hard rocker, screaming out his folk songs. It appears The Twisted Road Tour will see Mr Young in similar mode - to reinvent his solo performances into something darker, meaner and even more cynical.

When someone in the audience yells for “Old Man!”, “Neil, sharp as ever, replies, ‘I know…64 and there’s so much more,’ in his typical Canadian humor. This guy is just such a master that lines like these seem to just roll right through him,” reports a fan Chris at neilyoungnews.thrasherswheat.org. Or he’s just grown tired of hearing the same old versions of his songs that he wants them to sound different for now (”It’s the same song, over and over again,” announces Young at the beginning of the encores).

I think the Twisted Tour is Young doing just that. Warping his songs into a different place. Fans who don’t keep quiet when he’s playing, will probably get thrown out of the hall.

Jansch who opened the show did an all-acoustic set. It’s strewn with rare jewels. The recent Katie Cruel that both Beth Orton and Devendra Barnhart guested on in the studio version; a laidback reading of Black Waterside, a song Jimmy Page transformed for Led Zeppelin into Black Mountain Side and the traditional She Moved Through The Fair, a staple of UK and US folk singers back in the ’60s. Jansch has had a long career as a member of UK’s Pentangle, his earlier years as a soloist is also greatly admired by his peers and countrymen but he remains largely unnoticed everywhere else.

Thanks to Ed Tyre for recording this show (with schoeps mk-4) and to Ethiessen1 for the beautiful Neil Young artwork. You won’t believe the quality of this recording.
- The Little Chicken

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Disc 1
Track 01. Intro/False Start (5.0MB)
Track 02. My My, Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue) [acoustic guitar] (9.9MB)
Track 03. Tell Me Why [acoustic guitar] (9.2MB)
Track 04. Helpless [acoustic guitar] (11.1MB)
Track 05. You Never Call * [acoustic guitar w/ pickup] (12.4MB)
Track 06. Peaceful Valley * [acoustic guitar w/ pickup] (18.1MB)
Track 07. Love And War * [acoustic guitar w/ pickup] (12.6MB)
Track 08. Down By The River [electric guitar - Old Black] (10.6MB)
Track 09. Hitchhiker ** [electric guitar - Old Black] (15.8MB)
Track 10. Ohio [electric guitar - White Falcon] (7.9MB)
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Track 11. Sign Of Love * [electric guitar - White Falcon] (12.3MB)

Disc 2
Track 01. Leia * [upright piano] (10.0MB)
Track 02. After The Gold Rush [pump organ] (12.3MB)
Track 03. I Believe In You [grand piano] (10.2MB)
Track 04. Rumblin’ * [electric guitar - Old Black] (16.5MB)
Track 05. Cortez The Killer [electric guitar - Old Black] (13.5MB)
Track 06. Cinnamon Girl [electric guitar - Old Black] (14.3MB)
(encores)
Track 07. Walk With Me * [electric guitar - White Falcon] (17.2MB)
Track 08. Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black) [electric guitar - Old Black] (11.5MB)

* first time played NEW SONGS, perhaps for his upcoming album to be produced by Daniel Lanois.
** Hitchhiker was first played live in 1992. The song remains officially unreleased.

Old Black is Neil’s Gibson Les Paul
White Falcon is Neil’s Gretsch White Falcon from his Buffalo Springfield days.

Disc 3: Bert Jansch
Track 01. Katie Cruel (7.1MB)
Track 02. It Don’t Bother Me (12.7MB)
Track 03. Black Waterside (11.7MB)
Track 04. Morning Bring Me Peace of Mind (8.3MB)
Track 05. Chase the Devil (9.6MB)
Track 06. Ducking and Diving (8.6MB)
Track 07. Fresh As A Sweet Sunday Morning (8.4MB)
Track 08. Carnival (12.5MB)
Track 09. She Moved Through the Fair (13.8MB)
Track 10. Poison (11.4MB)

The Neil Young catalog is extensive. But the Prairie Wind album is much underrated. Give it a chance, click on the link to buy the album.

His last compilation was 2000’s Dazzling Stranger: The Bert Jansch Anthology. Click on the link to order the album.

  1. 15 Responses to “INSTA-MAGICK ON THE TWISTED ROAD”

  2. This DOES sound good for an audience recording. It also sounds good for an old fart, such as Neil. Thank you…..

    By Timmy on May 22, 2010

  3. Been watching out for Neil solo. Thanks for being the first with it! It’s bound to be another great show … when is he not a great show? Never, in case you were wondering at that. Thanks again … and, as always, cheers!

    By Canute on May 23, 2010

  4. The sound is a pleasant surprise, as are the performances. This dude never wears down. Good stuff, definitely worth hearing even if it’s “the same song over and over and over again”. Thanks for the post!

    By Dave C. on May 24, 2010

  5. hey bigo, thanks!!! it’s been awhile on neil young for me. the last two that were offered were comps. i prefer complete shows, as you know. the last one i remember was in dec which was from fort worth, tx. that’s a good one. will play shortly. i’m still on keiji, jim, yoshio, genesis and wolfmother.

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on May 24, 2010

  6. what happened to larry craig that it isn’t on this tour?

    By Cristian on May 25, 2010

  7. neil young solo - always amazing. seen him with the stray gators/crosby & nash, crazy horse, his electric band and many others but solo is how he does it best. thanks for this one.

    By polaroid billy on May 27, 2010

  8. Today it’s my birthday, and what in the world would be better to listen to than this stuff.
    A wish come true - a true present !!
    Thank you so much.

    By Divine Light Control on May 27, 2010

  9. What a great music . . . Neil Young rules . .

    Thank you for the presentation.
    may your days be sunny : Kill_Waas

    By kill.waas on May 27, 2010

  10. Thank you so much for the great music
    Just can´t get enough from Neil Young.

    By fred on May 31, 2010

  11. More great music. Thanks BigO

    By Matt on Jun 7, 2010

  12. This is wonderful! What a great show! Thanks!

    By weaver321 on Jun 13, 2010

  13. I was sitting second row at this gig with my then 17 year old son and it is fantastic to have a clean and clear copy of this great show.By the way,when he dropped Hitchiker on us it was like all of the air was sucked out of the room,it was indeed a big suprise….electric no less AND loud!!!After the gig My boy asked me what the big deal was about that particular song…so I told him the story - he understands now.Thx BigO !!!

    By Couz on Mar 7, 2013

  14. Wonderful site. Plenty of helpful information here. I am sending it to several friends ans also sharing in delicious.

    By Анжелика on Nov 10, 2013

  15. This is a fun concert due to the alternate versions. Thanks Big O.

    By 5yrsnojob on Nov 10, 2013

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