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Neil Young & The Stray Gators
Norfolk, Virginia 1973 [no label]
Live at the Norfolk Scope Arena, Virginia, Jan 29, 1973.

Over three months, Neil Young planned to visit 65 cities and stop for a break at the end of March. The Time Fades Away Tour would resume in August and shift to Europe in November, playing seven shows in the UK. Then back to America to play the final dates in New York, Boston, two shows in Ohio, Chicago and finally in Berkeley.

The Stray Gators lasted only till end March and were replaced by the Santa Monica Flyers for the rest of the tour. It is also well-documented that by March, Young’s voice was shot and he asked Linda Ronstadt, David Crosby and Graham Nash to join him to offer vocal support.

This is also the famous tour where the band asked and received a hefty salary increase. Harvest had become a multi-million seller and the money was rolling in. Young was furious but paid them anyway. Perhaps he felt guilty about the way he had dismissed the late Danny Whitten, with $50 and a plane ticket. Whitten used the money, scored heroin and died of an overdose.

Young had figured correctly. He opened with an acoustic set, playing the ballads from After The Goldrush and Harvest, winning the audience completely and setting the stage for his electric set with the Stray Gators. By then, the crowd was waiting for rock ‘n’ roll and Young delivered some new songs [Time Fades Away, Look Out Joe, New Mama, Don’t Be Denied] with some of his well-loved rockers The Loner, Southern Man and Cinnamon Girl. Everybody went home happy. The critics praised his shows. The only unhappy man was Neil Young - at his band, at his voice and at the audience. According to David Downing’s A Dreamer Of Pictures, Young "found the audiences too loud during his acoustic set, too quiet in the electric portion of the show. He started screaming at them to wake up." Young was obviously stressed out.

Everything came crashing down at the final show in Oakland, March 31. If you downloaded the Citizen Kane Junior Blues show, you can listen to Young explain how it all ended:

"I was singing away - Southern Man, better keep your head, don’t forget what the good book said - and this guy in the front row, he was about as far away as you are from me, he jumped up and yelled, ‘Right on, right on, I love it!’ He felt really good, I could tell. And all of a sudden, you know, this black cop just walked up to him, you know, and it just was the scene the way he looked at him, and he just crunched him.

"I just took my guitar out and put it on the ground and got in the car and went home…"

Rock ‘n’ roll was not making him happy and Young felt disconnected from his fans. This unhappy period is documented on Time Fades Away, the album. No doubt it remains unreleased because Young wants to forget. It would take the successful 1976 tour with Crazy Horse to lift his spirits and set him in a new direction as a rock ‘n’ roll survivor.

Of all the shows from the ’73 tour, this is one of the best in sound quality. The vocals are upfront and Young sings well. There’s also the rare Here We Are In The Years. The drums and guitars are properly balanced and offer a solid backing to the singing. So is this a professional recording?

This show was taken from a torrent site. According to the seeder, it was copied from a vinyl bootleg, The 1973 Tour, re-pitched and remastered. The sound is excellent for the acoustic portion but is a bit muddy during the electric set. You can hear the clicks and pops here. Quite hissy at loud volumes. Never officially released.
- Professor Red

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

These tracks are no longer available for download. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you want to download these tracks at a later time.

 
Track 01 On The Way Home (4.5MB)
Track 02 Here We Are In The Years (5.0MB)
Track 03 After The Goldrush (5.3MB)
Track 04 Out In The Weekend (6.5MB)
Track 05 Harvest (5.3MB)
Track 06 Old Man (4.7MB)
Track 07 Heart Of Gold (4.3MB)
  Electric Set
Track 08 The Loner (5.1MB)
Track 09 Time Fades Away (6.4MB)
Track 10 Look Out Joe (6.5MB)
Track 11 New Mama (5.4MB)
Track 12 Alabama (5.1MB)
Track 13 Don’t Be Denied (8.6MB)
 
Encores
Track 14 Cinnamon Girl (6.5MB)
Track 15 Southern Man (8.5MB)
Track 16 Are You Ready For The Country? (6.4MB)

Neil Young and The Stray Gators
Ben Keith - pedal steel
Tim Drummond - bass
Kenny Buttrey - drums
Jack Nitzsche - piano

Neil Young recorded his 1973 tour for a live album, Time Fades Away. But so far that album remains out-of-print and has never been issued on CD. In the midst of this tour, a film he made, Journey Through The Past, was issued with a double LP soundtrack. It captured the downbeat Young was in. Long out-of-print and also never issued on CD. Your best bet, if you own a turntable, is to search eBay for a copy.



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