NEIL YOUNG - LOS ANGELES 1971

January 30, 2012 – 4:37 am

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NEIL YOUNG
I’m Happy That Y’all Came Down [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA; February 1, 1971. Good to very good audience recording.

This double-LP, from Rubber Dubber Records, made its mark before bootleg CDs caught on and  Neil Young collectors probably owned either a copy of the vinyl or the tracks on cassette or CD.

How do you like your cake? With the cream on top and oozing from the sides when you take a bite? Some of us like cake for cake’s sake. When Neil Young walked on stage at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on February 1, 1971 in Los Angeles, he was alone without his superstar bandmates Crosby, Stills and Nash. Just his trusty harmonica, guitar and a grand piano. This was to be the first of many solo tours. This one was called A Journey Through The Past.

As was his way in the early days, Young peppered his hour-long performances with only original songs and daringly so with new songs he’d yet to record. He brimmed with confidence that his songs were enough to keep people interested. Just a glance at the setlist for this evening - Old Man, Cowgirl In The Sand, Sugar Mountain, Don’t Let It Bring You Down - showed songs that he continued to play up till the present. This evening he even included Ohio, about the four students shot dead on campus during a student demonstration against America’s war in Vietnam.

He also sang The Needle And The Damage Done, a painful reminder to himself of the dangers of drugs. And some say his simple-minded I Am A Child. Although how could anyone think of Young as simpleton when his other songs, Tell Me Why and See The Sky About To Rain, all showed he understood just how important love and compassion were. That sometimes these child-like qualities sure beat brainpower and intellectual smugness.

There he is, captured on someone’s portable reel-to-reel deck somewhere from the front rows, changing from guitar to piano, chatting with the audience and slowly singing his songs with quiet power. The kind of power that’s found in truthfulness.

1971 was a long time ago. Who would have thought we would still care for Neil Young’s music? The person who recorded this show loved the music enough to make the effort. These days you can buy an expensive hi-fi system for the price of a front-row seat to watch a show of dubious quality. But crackles and all, this bootleg, taken from a Rubber Dubber original vinyl, is the real journey through the past. The cake, so to speak, not the cream that melts away anyway. - Michael Cheah

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. On the Way Home (5.6MB)
Track 02. Tell Me Why (3.9MB)
Track 03. Old Man (6.8MB)
Track 04. Journey Through The Past (5.5MB)
Track 05. Cowgirl In The Sand (6.6MB)
Track 06. Heart Of Gold (6.8MB)
Track 07. A Man Needs A Maid (8.8MB)
Track 08. Sugar Mountain (17.4MB)
Track 09. Don’t Let It Bring You Down (5.2MB)
Track 10. Love In Mind (3.2MB)
Track 11. The Needle And The Damage Done (6.7MB)
Track 12. Ohio (6.0MB)
Track 13. See The Sky About To Rain (5.4MB)
Track 14. I Am A Child (5.7MB)
Track 15. Dance, Dance, Dance (3.1MB)

In June 2011, Neil Young offered another archive release, A Treasure. Buy it here.

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  1. 19 Responses to “NEIL YOUNG - LOS ANGELES 1971”

  2. Excellent show, this. Particularly innaresting is “I Am A Child”, which begins with couplet that would surface 20 years later in “You And Me”.

    By wardo on Jan 30, 2012

  3. Truly ingenious. A long time before the internet, cell phones and cable TV. A time where you got together with friends to check out what was happening on the “vine”, rather than a link to a Youtube video on somebody’s Facebook status while at Starbucks on your Ipad. As much as I love that ability today, 1971: The buzz of revolution and Woodstock spirit still hung heavy in the air like a whiff of a skunky home grown bong hit. This show’s ticket was probably $4.50 in that era. Your assumption is correct: Someone made an effort because “they loved the music”. It’s amazing Neil is still with us looking a bit more grey and haggard, but his heart opens to sing these same songs today … this material will live forever. Thank you!

    By Woodstock on Jan 30, 2012

  4. Neil has been,is and always will be one of my favorite musicians because he does have the courage to play for people who want to hear the hits but only plays what he wants to give them.My copy of this show has been around for years but this is a nice addition for those that don`t have it yet.In my experience with him in a live setting it has always been what IS he going to do next?And that makes him eternally interesting to me which means that you just can`t ever get tired of performers like him,Waits,Bowie..you name it.A classic from a classic.

    By couz on Jan 30, 2012

  5. this is a neil young rip off…

    By James on Jan 31, 2012

  6. oops let me reprase this i have the whole show on dvd…

    By James on Jan 31, 2012

  7. i have every Neil Young live show’s…he’s the man and the myth of music…

    By James on Jan 31, 2012

  8. This was the first bootleg I ever bought.
    I still have my (badly worn) copy,
    but haven’t played it in years.
    Thanks for the memories

    By Esad on Jan 31, 2012

  9. This recording does bring with it the “wonders” of vinyl in terms of clicks, pops, and surface noise, but is a generally clear recording of a good performance. The treat is hearing songs solo he’d later record with his bands. “The Needle and the Damage Done” is very similar to the version included on “Harvest,” which was recorded live (according to Wikipedia a few nights earlier on January 30, 1971) across town at UCLA.

    By jania on Feb 1, 2012

  10. Can any one direct me to a link for the Perfect Echo collection. my files have corrupted so need to re-download now Mega has gone. Much appreciated.

    By Creatist on Feb 1, 2012

  11. Love these vinyl rips. Thanks for sharing this great show.

    By Matt on Feb 8, 2012

  12. BB Chronicles had the Perfect echo set however would need to be reupped with the loss of Mega.

    By Maui Jim on Feb 9, 2012

  13. This was a land mark release in the L.A. area when it first came out. I got it at Mundae Records in Long Beach. It came out about 2-3 weeks after it was performed by Neil. Rubber Dubber did great work. Read about it in Clinton Heylin’s book, Bootleg! The Rise and Fall of the Secret Recording Industry.
    Dubious 141

    By Dubious141 on Jul 11, 2013

  14. Ok all Neil Young fans. I came across a Red Vinyl Lp with Yellow center labels. Only thing printed on the labels are a large 1 and large 2 for side one and side two. At the start a male introduces Neil Young live from the Los Angeles Music Center. The record has engraved numbers ny109a and ny109b. Thats all with no cover. I would guess it’s a Bootleg. Just searching to see if anyone has more info on the Lp. Thanks

    By Len on Oct 4, 2015

  15. its likely Neil Young at the la music centre TMOQ 71022 sourced feb 11 /71 single lp..
    it has been pirated as the same title on the lxxxiv series #52 on green vinyl approx. 100 copies.

    By sluggo on Oct 5, 2015

  16. take a look at the popsike page. they list albums that have sold on ebay since its inception and you can find yours there.

    By sluggo on Oct 5, 2015

  17. Hey Sluggo. I was wondering why I couldn’t remember this important concert, then I realized the date Feb 1, 1971. It was just 8 days before the big quake in the San Fernando Valley where I lived. A brand new hospital (Olive View) and an old one (VA) both fell, a dam almost burst, freeways fell, lots of deaths and injuries. We remember 9/11, but do we remember the jet crashing in Queens not long after?

    By ScarRad on Oct 5, 2015

  18. Heh ScarRad,
    I was in the SFV at that time of the earthquake. Days after my dad drove out to look at the collapsed hospital and i distinctly remember the eeriness of seeing it all collapsed, but with a sing light still on from a piece of ceiling. I was only 5 yo at the time. It was scary. Anyhow, this recording is great. Thanks for posting. By the way, my musical trajectory all started with my first concert: Queen, LA FORUM, 1978. I was changed!

    By Ren on Nov 3, 2016

  19. @ScarRad - wonder if that 1971 quake was on Neil’s mind when he wrote the song “LA”?

    I wasn’t in SFV for the 1971 quake but was there for the 1994 Northridge Quake. Sounds like similar rate of scariness and damage as 1971

    Keep on rockin’ in the free world, brothers and sisters :)

    By Passing cloud on Nov 5, 2016

  20. There are a few great bootleg recordings of Neil solo from around this time… the BBC TV concert, the London concert around the same time, this one… great solo Neil with “unreleased at the time” songs.

    By Passing cloud on Nov 5, 2016

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