June 8, 2014 – 5:12 am

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London 1971 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Royal Festival Hall, London, UK; February 27, 1971. Very good audience recording.

Incredible ambience and intimacy in this close to the mic audience recording. Marvel at how young he is, his cockney imitation and that sense of humour. Young plays guitar and harmonica and switches to the piano for some songs. No one else is on stage. At this show, 11 songs he played had never yet been recorded. What audacity. He handles his Vietnam protest song, Ohio, with sincere anguish. One of the best albums to get free on the net. This one will haunt you.

For anyone keeping count, there are four previous versions shared on the net:
a) Hempsall version
b) Easytree version
c) Dime May 2007 speed corrected
d) Dime July 2007 3rd gen

Then, there is the One Of The Very Best Performances bootleg from Godfather Records.

And then, there is this. Thanks to edtyre for sharing the tracks at Dime.

This is what gsparaco wrote about the One Of The Very Best Performances boot:

It was his second ever show in London (the first was on January 6th, 1970 at the Royal Albert Hall with CSNY) and is preserved on this distant but very clear and sharp mono audience recording of the entire show…

At the start of the second half of the show, Young begins with the new song “Out On The Weekend.” The tune was given its debut earlier in the week on the BBC telecast and would be included on Harvest. He follows with two older songs, the Buffalo Springfield tune “I Am A Child” (“which still applies to me, unfortunately” Young jokes) and the CSNY firebrand “Ohio” which loses none of its passion in a stripped down acoustic arrangement.

A majority of the next twenty minutes are filled with tunes unfamiliar to the audience there that night. “Love In Mind” sounds gorgeous but wouldn’t surface for another two years on Time Fades Away. He follows with “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” and then four consecutive songs from Harvest. All of them have been played before on the tour except the title track, which makes its live debut in this show.

1st gen > DAT > cdr > flac

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

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Disc 1
Track 101. On The Way Home 3:01 (5.1MB)
Track 102. Tell Me Why 3:15 (5.4MB)
Track 103. Old Man 4:06 (6.9MB)
Track 104. Journey Through The Past 4:25 (7.4MB)
Track 105. Cowgirl In The Sand 5:26 (9.1MB)
Track 106. The Bridge 3:32 (5.9MB)
Track 107. The Loner 5:50 (9.8MB)
Track 108. Don’t Let It Bring You Down 3:55 (6.6MB)
Track 109. See The Sky About To Rain 3:15 (5.5MB)
37 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Out On The Weekend 4:28 (7.5MB)
Track 202. I Am A Child 3:08 (5.3MB)
Track 203. Ohio 3:29 (5.9MB)
Track 204. Love In Mind 2:32 (4.3MB)
Track 205. Only Love Can Break Your Heart 4:17 (7.2MB)
Track 206. Heart of Gold 4:13 (7.1MB)
Track 207. A Man Needs A Maid 5:27 (9.2MB)
Track 208. Harvest 4:36 (7.7MB)
Track 209. The Needle And The Damage Done 2:30 (4.2MB)
Track 210. Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing 6:08 (10.3MB)
Track 211. Dance, Dance, Dance 3:18 (5.6MB)
Track 212. Expecting to Fly 2:51 (4.8MB)
47 mins

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  1. 9 Responses to “NEIL YOUNG - ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL 1971”

  2. WOW what an incredible performance!!!
    Thanks bigO!!!

    By Benk on Jun 8, 2014

  3. Thanks, this is a significant upgrade from my copy. “See the sky About to Rain” would wait even longer to be released. It didn’t make its formal debut until 1974 with “On The Beach”

    By James Cassara on Jun 8, 2014

  4. amazing to hear Expecting to fly live ! Thanks BIGO

    By TUNAFAN on Jun 8, 2014

  5. Thanks, bigO!

    By NAMoosedog on Jun 8, 2014

  6. One of the best-sounding acoustic mono audience recordings on what had to be one of his best solo performances. Why there are not hundreds, nay, thousands downloading this? Thank you BigO! Thank you Edtyre!

    By Job Hunter on Jun 8, 2014

  7. “Why there are not hundreds, nay, thousands downloading this?” Probably all going through the TV listings or watching Conan.
    Another superb post BigO, you are on a roll. Many Thanks

    By GMAL on Jun 8, 2014

  8. Great show, thanks bigO!

    By Dingus on Jun 9, 2014

  9. Big O - thank you for posting this. this is most definitely the best quality version. I have had several versions over the past ten years or so, all with varying degrees of hiss, vinyl rumble, etc..

    this has NO HISS, NO RUMBLE… this is an incredible quality version. thank you so much for sharing it. I haven’t listened to the whole show yet, but assuming nothing is missing compared to other versions, then this will definitely replace all previous versions.

    By ShakeyNeil on Jun 12, 2014

  10. You surpass your selves yet again big O. Keep them coming,

    oh and thanks

    By allan on Jun 19, 2014

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