October 4, 2012 – 1:08 pm

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Central Park 2012 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Global Citizen Festival, Central Park, New York City, NY; September 29, 2012. Excellent Palladia HD broadcast.

Thanks to jefft3881 who recorded and shared this show on Dime.

This is what Hendrik Hertzberg posted at

Neil Young, sixty-seven years old next month, is a wonder. His voice is rougher and lower than it was when I first heard it, forty-six years ago, at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. But it’s as strong as it was in his Buffalo Springfield days, and as distinctive, and as clear, with those emphatic Canadian “r”s. Even against the cacophony of Crazy Horse’s tsunami of sound, you don’t need a lyric sheet to understand the words he sings the first time you hear them. You get the music and you get the meaning.

Back then he was a diffident young buck. Now he’s a lion, thrashing and roaring. He’s a buffalo in an autumn field, snorting and pawing the plain of the stage. For more than an hour, every minute of it intense, he sang and played, loped and ducked and stomped. This is not an oldies act. There was no “Everybody Knows,” no “Heart of Gold,” no “Old Man” (except the ones on the stage). From the long-ago past, only “The Needle and the Damage Done,” which he sang accompanied solely by his own acoustic guitar. (The set was beautifully paced.)

The shortage of “greatest hits” mattered not at all. In his late sixties Young is a volcano of creativity. The song about hearing “Like a Rolling Stone” for the first time was proof enough of that. For me, though, the night’s high point was another new composition of his, “Walk Like a Giant.”

The lyrics are about disillusionment (”I used to walk like a giant on the land/Now I feel like a leaf floating on the stream”), but the music, its thunderous, feedback-rich electric guitars set off by a jaunty whistled bridge, is about defiance. Its stunning conclusion was a long series of stomps: Neil in his thick farmer’s boots slamming the floor - thud! thud! thud! - and putting his whole body into it, with every thud augmented by a bone-rattling guitar chord. It was as if we were being stalked by a tyrannosaur as big as the Beresford.

The concert ended the only way it properly could, with everyone on stage with the master, “Rockin’ in the Free World.” The last note faded at exactly 10 pm.

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Thanks to ethiessen1 for the artwork.

Source: Palladia HD Broadcast > Harman Kardon CD Burner (Optical) > dbpoweramp (16/44 WAV)
Transfer: PC > Audacity (Edits, Fades, Amplify, Tracking) > T.L.H. (FLAC 8, FFP) > Torrent

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Track 01. Love And Only Love (24.6MB)
Track 02. Powderfinger (11.9MB)
Track 03. Born In Ontario (6.6MB)
Track 04. Walk Like A Giant (29.0MB)
Track 05. The Needle And The Damage Done (3.6MB)
Track 06. Twisted Road (5.9MB)
Track 07. F*!#in’ Up (14.0MB)
Track 08. Rockin’ In The Free World (17.4MB)
(with Dan Auerbach and Dave Grohl - guitar and backing vocals + many other guests on backing vocals)


Neil Young - vocals, guitar
Frank “Poncho” Sampedro - vocals, guitar, keyboards
Billy Talbot - vocals, bass
Ralph Molina - vocals, drums

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  1. 17 Responses to “NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE - CENTRAL PARK 2012”

  2. Thanks a lot.

    By Rijn B on Oct 4, 2012

  3. F*!#in’ amazing show. Long Live Neil.

    By Tyguy on Oct 4, 2012

  4. Thank you everyone concerned.

    By nick on Oct 4, 2012

  5. Thank you again, Big O Amigos. This will be the soundtrack to this weekend’s cider-fueled burger grilling and bass chasing.


    By James on Oct 4, 2012

  6. Thankls for this post. My son was there and said it was an amazing day in the world’s greatest park. Maybe we can get the Foo’s set, as DG announced that day that it was their last for a while. Hiatus is such a misused word.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Oct 5, 2012

  7. what id like to find is the farm aid performances from one week prior. they were brdcst and i still cant find them. mainly interested in neils perfs and lukas nelson. please bigo!?

    By darth on Oct 5, 2012

  8. Again - again & again - my dreams come true -
    from you -
    Thank you so much.
    Keep on rocking in the FREE world.

    By Divine Light Control on Oct 5, 2012

  9. what id like to find is the farm aid performances from one week prior.

    I have them. They are terrific.

    By wurm on Oct 5, 2012

  10. Thanks Big O! We are so spoiled by this technology… Great show. Peace…

    By Woodstock on Oct 6, 2012

  11. Thanks for letting us ride along with The Horse as it runs again!

    By JG on Oct 7, 2012

  12. Thanks! What a great recording! The Godfather of Grunge has unleashed a torrent of activity in recent memory. This is a fantastic time for hard core Neil Young fans, absolutely. Enjoy!

    By Alan G on Oct 8, 2012

  13. Was there for the amazing show, a great time! Hopefully someone also taped the Black Keys and Foo Fighters shows as well.

    By John C on Oct 9, 2012

  14. give us a chance to enjoy neil young here in Brazil. i’m 50 years old and my sons are about 20’s and for me and also for them neil is still very young!!!

    By rodinei on Oct 11, 2012

  15. Sounds great. Can’t wait to see them at Neil’s Bridge School concert in 10 days.

    By Bill M on Oct 12, 2012

  16. Phew! The Horse. Great to see them riding again.

    By Mescalero on Oct 13, 2012

  17. on the 11th neil did a song called ’singer without a song’ for the first time. it was the 8th song in the set. the show was in chicago and there were 14 songs in the set.
    i dl’d this show and also the show he did in kingston ontario on the 5th. also 14 songs but that one is missing the first song - day in the life.

    By darth on Oct 14, 2012

  18. Nearly a year after unveiling his hi-def music device Pono on ‘The Late Show With David Letterman,’ Neil Young sounds like he’s getting ready to let it out into the wild.
    Young made the announcement on the Pono’s Facebook page on Sept. 3, promising an “early 2014″ launch and reiterating his team’s commitment to delivering the highest possible sound quality.

    “The simplest way to describe what we’ve accomplished is that we’ve liberated the music of the artist from the digital file and restored it to its original artistic quality — as it was in the studio,” Young explained. “So it has primal power. Hearing Pono for the first time is like that first blast of daylight when you leave a movie theater on a sun-filled day. It takes you a second to adjust. Then you enter a bright reality of wonderfully rendered detail.”

    All that detail, said Young, will restore that rush of emotion you felt when listening to your favorite songs as a kid. “This music moves you,” he continued. “That’s why so many musicians are behind PonoMusic — this is important work that honors their art. This is the way they wanted you to hear their music.”

    Explaining that the Pono team works with “artist-approved studio masters we’ve been given special access to,” Young pledged to make their wares “just as accessible as any music you buy and listen to today” and promised, “we’ll be launching both the Pono portable player — an updated version of the one I showed on David Letterman’s program — and an online library, with all your favorite music available in PonoMusic quality. Everything you need to feel music anew.”

    As Vintage Vinyl News reports, Pono won’t be alone in its quest to improve your listening experience. On Sept. 4, Sony announced the imminent roll-out of its own Hi-Res Audio line, which claims to “make high-resolution audio a more convenient, compelling and cost-effective listening experience for digital music enthusiasts everywhere.”

    To that end, Sony’s planning the release of two hi-res players: a 1-TB model that lists for $1,999, and a 500-GB counterpart that will sell for $999. Here’s hoping Young’s Pono player will put a smaller dent in consumers’ wallets.

    By darth on Sep 6, 2013

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