September 24, 2011 – 5:05 am

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Plays Acoustic In Paris 1989 [no label, NYCD 111289, 1CD]

Live at the Elysée Montmartre, Paris, France; December 11, 1989. Excellent FM broadcast?

And there he was, Neil Young, on the Freedom tour, in Europe 1989. As fans know, even with an acoustic guitar and harmonica, Neil Young is a formidable performer. David Fricke, in a Rolling Stone review, wrote:

Freedom [the album] is the sound of Neil Young, another decade on, looking back again in anger and dread. The songs are populated by the walking wounded and littered with dashed hopes and drug paraphernalia. The ties that bind - faith, love, charity - are coming undone, and betrayal is the norm. Then Young throws all this hurt at you, and it hits like a bucket of ice water in the face. You register shock at first, then indignation and finally a kind of vengeful exhilaration. As with Rust and Everybody Knows - and with other contentious classics like On the Beach, Tonight’s The Night and Re*ac*tor - Neil Young’s tour of Freedom’s wasteland leaves you feeling both exhausted and invigorated, dismayed at what we’ve wrought yet determined to set it right.

Thanks to ladodger who shared the tracks on Dime. For collectors, The Old Laughing Lady, The Needle And The Damage Done and No More have appeared on Perfect Echo Disc 5.

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Track 01. My My Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue) (6.7MB)
Track 02. Rockin’ In The Free World (8.5MB)
Track 03. The Old Laughing Lady (8.4MB)
Track 04. Don’t Let It Bring You Down (5.1MB)
Track 05. This Note’s For You (5.4MB)
Track 06. The Needle And The Damage Done (5.8MB)
Track 07. No More (8.6MB)
Track 08. After The Goldrush (10.1MB)
Track 09. Ohio (5.0MB)
Track 10. Rockin’ In The Free World (5.7MB)
Track 11. Powderfinger (9.7MB)
Track 12. Stringman (6.6MB)
Track 13. Dog House (7.5MB)
Track 14. Tonight’s The Night (24.9MB)
Track 15. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues (8.7MB)

Track 1-11: Elysée Montmartre, Paris, France on Dec. 11, 1989. Radio broadcast of RTL-FM on January 20, 1990.
Track 12: Elysée Montmartre, Paris, France on Dec. 11, 1989. Not part of the radio broadcast.
Track 13-14: Palace Arena, Auburn Hills, Detroit. Sept. 4, 1988 with Joe Walsh on guitar.
Track 15: LB Amphitheatre Salem, OR. Sept. 18, 1992.

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  1. 23 Responses to “NEIL YOUNG - PARIS 1989”

  2. hey bigo, will get. thanks! i have one similar to this show from amsterdam, netherlands. i think, i got almost every neil young offered here. there were a couple live compilations i passed on and one buffalo springfield neil isn’t on. one of the best neil shows offered this year was bakersfield, ca. i like that one.

    put up a coltrane show. his b-day is today. i’ve got two, but i can always use more of his free jazz shows. i have a few miles shows he’s on. i like the miles-olympia show you offered in may. i just put it on my ipod a little while ago.


    By Ed Saad on Sep 24, 2011

  3. Thanks BigO!

    By Bob on Sep 24, 2011

  4. as always, thanks much for this great recording!

    By Eric on Sep 24, 2011

  5. BigO does it again! Thanks…

    By TDC on Sep 24, 2011

  6. Once again BigO, thanks for this great offering!!

    By Rick D on Sep 24, 2011

  7. Excellent!! Thanks again Big O folks.

    By xavieronassis on Sep 24, 2011

  8. Thank you for this excellent recording! It is very much appreciated.

    Yesterday was Bruce Springsteen’s 62nd birthday. Any chance of posting a nice sounding Boss show to celebrate the the big day?

    By Improper Bostonian on Sep 24, 2011

  9. Thanks, once again. Can never get to much acoustic Neil. Keep up the great work. Jim

    By Jim G on Sep 24, 2011

  10. Another AUDIENCE recording. why do you tease????

    By Timmy on Sep 24, 2011

  11. Hello Timmy

    Thanks for your comments. We are certainly not out to tease you or anyone with misleading track notes. Going by the artwork, only Tracks 1-11 came from a FM broadcast. They are certainly clear enough for that. There are also other readers like yourself who feel that this is or could have been an audience recording. But so far, no one has confirmed this. Until then, perhaps we’ll leave it as a questionable soundboard.

    By bigozine2 on Sep 25, 2011

  12. Hey- I just noticed Joe Walsh plays on two of these tracks. (I can be a little slow sometimes).

    BigO - Do you have any Joe Walsh in the archives? Something from before he joined the Eagles.

    By Sking on Sep 25, 2011

  13. Oh my God! No spelling errors on the tracklisting in the artwork! Thank you to whoever designed this…

    By brianfair on Sep 28, 2011

  14. “Excellent FM broadcast?”
    No. But it’s clearly a very good audience recording. Thanks for sharing.

    By JG on Oct 2, 2011



    By JALtheImpaler on Oct 25, 2011

  16. Neil Young’s FREEDOM has always been one of my favorites. I think FREEDOM shows the turning point where Young starts to believe in his past and his own roots.
    Thank you.

    By Divine Light Control on Nov 6, 2011

  17. Looking forward to hearing this one. Thanks

    By Matt on Nov 16, 2011

  18. Stringman is an audience recording - anyone know where one can download the audience version of this show? TIA :)

    By Young neil on Sep 26, 2014

  19. this is NOt an audience recording. You can tell the difference if you compare “stringman” to the rest of the tracks 1 thru 11. There is a major difference when it comes to the crowd noises.

    By Young Neil on Oct 24, 2014

  20. i dont know why i didnt post a comment on this earlier. probably because no one i noticed had commented on the source or the curiosity on the definitive derivation of it. this was a tv brdcst that was also aired on fm but not complete on the fm. it was recorded for later brdcst as well. some parts were omitted and used later on for a possible video. this explains the surfacing of track 12. the audio of that is directly from the video. i had the complete video of this event including the rehearsalss and 2nd takes on a couple of the songs. parts of it were used as a variation for the mtv unplugged which at the time neil didnt actually do. later on he did a session in 93 for wttv-tv in chicago which was also unplugged. several sessions were used for neils unplugged. since he never actually did an unplugged like everyone else in mtv’s studios. some of jones beach 89 was used for his unplugged as i recall too.

    By darth on Oct 25, 2014

  21. @Darth - thanks for the info regarding the video - I didn’t know about that. I thought Stringman came from an audience tape. Cool.. hope that video or it’s audio surfaces sometime. Will have to go Googling :)

    By Young Neil on Nov 1, 2014

  22. glen just shut up…!!!

    once again your wrong for the millionth time circus boy clown…!

    why do you type misinformation you mindless fuck which is way off base…?

    Neil’s unplugged was taped & recorded in los angles on feb 7 1993…

    the pbs special centerstage you are referring to was recorded in Chicago nov 17 1992 solo had nothing to do with mtv unplugged special with a band…

    jones beach 1989 was not used for MTV unplugged you idiot…!!!

    quit making things up…!!!

    then again in 40 yrs you won’t matter but Neil will…!!!

    hell you really don’t matter after 54 yrs & 40 seconds from now clown…!!!

    (see Taylor Swift responses)

    By Jerry's Finger on Nov 2, 2014

  23. when mtv wanted an unplugged from neil he wasnt prepared to do one for them so he offered them the acoustic portion of jones beach and that is what they aired in lieu of an unplugged performance. they even announced it as such when they began the show that day. i remember recording it on audio and video.
    the chicago wttv centerstage was also unplugged and i didnt say it was used for mtv’s unplugged but i compared it to that show since it was acoustic and unplugged as well.
    im not surprised u had a hard time understanding what i said. sometimes i think u do that intentionally.
    they finally used a show he did 3 months later for the mtv show but as i say that jones beach show was initially used for the actual series unplugged. it wasnt more than 2 yrs after the stevie ray vaughan satriani one. pity there were never any outtakes to that huh.

    By darth on Nov 2, 2014

  24. glen just stop it with your blatant misinformation semantic spewing circus clown bow rip off artist…!!!

    in 1989 Neil had several shows pro shot for video with the lost dogs…

    notably Tokyo April 28 & jones beach June 14…MTV did use these as live concerts not as “unplugged” as you so state…once again you are wrong imagine that bozo…!!!

    on nov 17 ‘92 Neil did a solo taping event in Chicago not for mtv or unplugged but for pbs center stage…

    on dec 12 ‘92 there in the Ed Sullivan studios he video recorded specifically for the mtv unplugged special but stormed out of the session not liking what he was hearing…

    on February 7, 93 he entered universal studios in Los Angeles specifically to try again to record MTV unplugged in which this date was used for MTV UNPLUGGED…

    get your facts straight…but you never will before you start typing spewing all kinds of lies you convicted seller of live video shows…!!!

    By Jerry's Finger on Nov 2, 2014

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