July 14, 2014 – 4:01 am

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With Booker T And The MGs
Dream Machine [Crystal Cat CC 331-332, 2CD]

Live at the Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; July 5, 1993. Very good audience recording.

In 1993, Neil Young collaborated with Booker T and the MGs for a summer tour of Europe and North America, with Blues Traveler, Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam also on the bill. Some European shows ended with a rendition of Rockin’ In The Free World played with Pearl Jam, foreshadowing their eventual full-scale collaboration two years later. - wikipedia

Robert Johnson posted the following at

Maybe one of the strangest, and potentially most perilous, of his undertakings came in 1993, when [Booker T] and the MGs hooked up with Neil Young for a nationwide tour. To say this was greeted as a bad fit would be an understatement. Rock writers were sure this was going to end badly… Young, after some bizarre genre-hopping in the ’80s (from electronic music to rockabilly to country to blues), had spent the last few years careening from feedback-drenched records and tours with Crazy Horse to acoustic work with the “Harvest Moon” and “Unplugged” albums… Anyway, the detractors turned out to be wrong. Way wrong…

The Booker T show was pretty much everything a Young fan would want - a career-spanning effort that began with Buffalo Springfield’s “Mr Soul,” traveled through the likes of “The Loner”… and “Like A Hurricane” and touched upon the best of Young’s more recent work (“Rockin’ In The Free World,” “Harvest Moon.” ) It didn’t hurt to have one of the greatest backing bands of all time, either. Besides Jones, the band included legendary guitarist Steve Cropper and veteran session players Donald “Duck” Dunn (bass) and Jim Keltner (drums). If I remember correctly, Young played well with the rest of the guys rather than going off the guitar-freakout deep end like he had done with Crazy Horse two years earlier.

Houston Chronicle critic Marty Racine, who saw the show… in Houston, was also impressed. Praising the Cropper/Young guitar interplay, he wrote, “Due to a restless muse and a repertoire three decades long, Young’s oldest music sounded ever poignant. And thanks to his able backup, the songs were served well. In the land of Noise, that combination made the loudest impact of all.”

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Disc 1
Track 101. Mr Soul 5:48 (9.8MB)
Track 102. The Loner 4:25 (7.4MB)
Track 103. Southern Man 6:36 (11.1MB)
Track 104. Helpless 6:43 (11.3MB)
Track 105. This Note’s For You 4:42 (7.9MB)
Track 106. Motorcycle Mama 6:50 (11.5MB)
Track 107. Like A Hurricane 9:23 (15.8MB)
Track 108. I Believe In You 5:54 (9.9MB)
Track 109. Love To Burn 9:41 (16.3MB)
Track 110. Separate Ways 5:06 (8.6MB)
66 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Powderfinger 6:42 (11.3MB)
Track 202. Only Love Can Break Your Heart 6:11 (10.4MB)
Track 203. Harvest Moon 5:21 (9.0MB)
Track 204. The Needle And The Damage Done 3:16 (5.5MB)
Track 205. Dream Machine 7:31 (12.6MB)
Track 206. Down By The River 13:12 (22.2MB)
Track 207. (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay 5:33 (9.3MB)
Track 208. All Along The Watchtower 9:29 (15.9MB)

Sjohistoriska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; June 28, 1993
Track 209. Rockin’ In The Free World 7:17 (12.2MB)
65 mins

Neil Young - vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano
Booker T Jones - organ, synth, vocals
Steve Cropper - guitar
Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn - bass
Jim Keltner - drums
Astrid Young - backing vocals
Annie Stocking - backing vocals

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  1. 39 Responses to “NEIL YOUNG - ROTTERDAM 1993”

  2. And the supporting band was Pearl Jam in europe.2 years later they hooked up with Neil on album and tour.Yes,1993 was a good year.

    By E.T on Jul 14, 2014

  3. BigO - niiice. Thank you. (ps. track 204 seems dead - is it?)

    By rick on Jul 14, 2014

  4. My bad. All tracks working well. Thanks so much.

    By rick on Jul 14, 2014

  5. This is a really good one, Big O. Like the reviewer states, this could have all gone south on ‘ole Neil, but it didn’t. He kept the ego in check. Real good versions of all the old standards here, with my Memphis brethren backing.

    By Mr. Jimmy on Jul 14, 2014

  6. probably the best musicians neil had worked with was why it turned out so well.cripes you can`t argue with the memphis boys they know their shit.

    By remington doodad on Jul 14, 2014

  7. well neil might not have directly listened to roger waters when he begged him not to play israel recently but nevertheless neil wont be playing there. he gave his reasons and while theyre not for the reasons that roger wants him to avoid the country the man is still avoiding playing there. he says he will play when its safer. i hope theres truth to that.

    By darth on Jul 14, 2014

  8. Outstanding show from a period of NY music I’d never heard. As noted, not the obvious musical pairing but they are all great musicians and made it work. Neil even pulled “Southern Man” off the shelf. I wonder if the southern boys insisted, despite the rather incendiary lyrics which helped inspire Lynyrd Skynryd on “Sweet Home Alabama.”

    By Jania on Jul 15, 2014

  9. Oh, I agree with the “very good” rating for the sound quality. For an audience recording this one came out very well with a good balance. Check it out!

    By Jania on Jul 15, 2014

  10. I saw this tour and remember Steve Cropper being the perfect foil for Neil on second guitar, trading spare, melodic leads on his Tele with Neil’s Old Black LP.

    By Bill on Jul 15, 2014

  11. jeff beck thinks steve cropper is a guitar giant.
    good enuff for the “guv” ,it`s good enuff for me.

    By sluggo on Jul 15, 2014

  12. every time i ever took pics of guitarists or bassists within 10 or so feet of cropper from the mid 80s thru 95 theyd always grab him or point towards him and tell me that hes the one i should be shooting pics of. of course i knew that and i had a bunch of pics of him and i tried to get pics of steve in the same shots with those people because getting more than one musician in the same shot is always preferable to just one in a shot. its not easy of course to coordinate that unless they happen to be talking to one another or sitting near one another or walking together and are willing to pose etc. and u have to be good on that recognition thing too. i remember when there was an event with members of vanilla fudge and the bee gees and a couple of stones and cropper and on and on at roseland back in the late 80s or early 90s and they were all walking around outside afterwards and i was taking pics. i prob took 2 or 3 rolls of film of musicians just after that event and i distinctly remember 4 different people telling me how i should shoot cropper. evidently he was the king that nite. i didnt get into the show but i am sure i got ahole of the recording later on whatever that event was. i do remember edward james olmos was there too. i had him sign the back of eric claptons album where he is pictured. i didnt usually go for autographs but every so often i did.

    By darth on Jul 16, 2014

  13. Thanks, for another Neil. All the shows from this tour seem to be great. have a nice night. jimg.

    By jimg on Jul 16, 2014

  14. Great post, BigO :) these 93 shows with Booker T were awesome…. btw.. “dream machine” is more commonly known as “live to ride”. at the time it was unreleased, I don’t remember if it has since been officially released. Great show, great sound… thanks :)

    By LoveNeil on Jul 16, 2014

  15. Oh, god, is darth indulging his rock n’ roll photographer fantasies again? Nobody believes it, Glen. For god’s sake, give it a rest.

    By Willis on Jul 16, 2014

  16. im not concerned about what u believe or if u think everyone else disbelieves things i post. thats just not important. i dont lie. im not going to just not talk about my life and what i did because some fucking idiot doesnt believe me. does it really matter if u believe me? i dont believe that u dont believe me. how about that? stupid prick. how about u giving that a rest?

    By darth on Jul 16, 2014

  17. now now glen…

    of course we dont believe you the con man liar theif stalker that you are…

    its all public knowledge we know you are the prick…

    so you give up your charade con game you asshole…

    but try to have a great day…

    By Jerry's Finger on Jul 16, 2014

  18. i have never con’d anyone out of anything. i have never lied to anyone about anything. i have not stolen anything from anyone. i dont stalk people.
    my day will be fabulous. thanks.

    By darth on Jul 16, 2014

  19. “i have never lied to anyone about anything”

    And The Devil has just gone to the store to buy himself a pair of ice-skates.

    By skywalker on Jul 16, 2014

  20. skate clerk..”what size ”

    By remington doodad on Jul 16, 2014

  21. every time i ever took pics of guitarists or bassists within 10 or so feet…

    their security smashed your brownie.

    By remington doodad on Jul 16, 2014

  22. :-)
    Good one remington

    By skywalker on Jul 16, 2014

  23. Now listen, darth, I didn’t mean to make you mad. We all have our celebrity fantasies. Personally, I like to imagine that I’m having sex with supermodels. But do I post long-winded stories about getting it on with Alessandra Ambrosio here as if they actually happened? Of course not. That would be pathetic! (Though, honestly, Glen, they’d be a lot more entertaining than your garbage about being personal friends with Graham Nash…).

    By Willis on Jul 16, 2014

  24. im not talking about fantasies. and i dont think i mentioned how graham i and know one another more than once maybe twice. i didnt say close personal friends. he knows who i am and has done favors for me and invited me back stage and given me tickets to shows and much more. but its fascinating that of all the things i have mentioned thats the one u remember most. of all the musicians i have met and known i would say he is one of the closest. ive been talking to him and knowing him since 34 years ago. altho not since 95.

    By darth on Jul 16, 2014

  25. “altho not since 95.”

    because he found out what a con mon liar theif stalker you are glen….

    get off your high horse you wanker…!!!

    By Jerry's Finger on Jul 16, 2014

  26. he is one of the closest … tho` you haven`t spoken to him since `95 ..damn near 20 if that`s a close friend then you must be pretty darn lonely.

    By remington doodad on Jul 17, 2014

  27. darth, of course you’re not talking fantasies. I mean, what could be more plausible than rock stars wanting to befriend the people who pirate their music, scalp their tickets, and scam their way into their shows? Musicians just love people like you, Glen.

    By Willis on Jul 17, 2014

  28. Sorry, darth, forgot about going through their trash. Rock stars love to encourage the low-lifes who do that by giving them tickets and inviting them backstage.

    By Willis on Jul 17, 2014


    By dropkick sarge on Jul 19, 2014

  30. the baron of blasphemy
    the crowned head of conceit
    the duke of dirty words
    the lord of lackluster
    the midas of mediocrity
    the potentate of profanity
    the sultan of swearing
    the ubermeister of the uninspired
    the viceroy of vanity

    By barth on Jul 19, 2014

  31. Hey, leave my best pal darth alone.
    It wasn’t easy for us, we used to hang around in an exclusive club called “Darth’s Imagination”, with all our rock-star friends, in the torchlight under his bedsheets.
    We had to be careful because he’d been with George Harrison for a long time and we had to meet in secret. I wrote “Laylow” just for him.
    Eventually it all came out, which is what usually happens when you pull your dick.

    By eric calpton on Jul 20, 2014

  32. i left nyc in nov 95 and i stopped going to shows and taking pics for the most part. my life changed courses and directions. i also didnt scalp tickets. i dont know where u get this stuff. i also never scammed my way into shows. i also never pirated music.
    i also dont lie steal or stalk. but u can believe all u wish. all i can do is re-inform u of the facts. i can lead u horses asses to the water i cant make u think.
    people retire from their hobbies / jobs. i did this after approx 17 yrs.

    By darth on Jul 20, 2014

  33. my life changed courses and directions.

    prison will do that to you glen

    By judge juby on Jul 20, 2014

  34. You fucking idiots always going on about Darth, really bringing this site down and never adding anything to the conversation. PLEASE STOP! Nobody wants to hear hundreds of times about your personal gripes. Leave the man alone. At least he has interesting stories to offer!

    By MORONS on Jul 27, 2014

  35. Hey, look, MORONS is offering an example of the kind of intelligent, insightful, relevant comments he apparently thinks we should leave here.

    By Willis on Jul 27, 2014

  36. in nov 95 i moved from nyc to phx az stayed there for 2 years. i then moved to ny state for 3 more years. bringing me to oct 2000. i had a new 5 year relationship that ended in oct 2000. jail had nothing to do with it. my life changed direction because i was no longer in nyc. thats why i stopped taking pics. i also gave up audio recordings in nov 95 completely. i still kept and enjoyed them. i didnt start downloading til late 2005 or early 2006. and even then i didnt burn anything onto cd til may 2008.
    in oct 2000 i moved to ohio in a new relationship that lasted just under 2 years. i dont know why u are so fixated on me or why u think u know more about me than i do. i dont know when u think i was in prison altho it doesnt really matter. youll make it up and twist it to suit your own lies and stories anyway. i dont know why u care so much about me and my life. i dont care about u and yours. maybe mine fascinates u cuz your own isnt very interesting. in that way i can understand it.
    but in so far as my stories.. theyre all real and true and none of them are made up or imagined.
    no one said that u should leave willis. but morons is right. he said ‘leave the man alone’ not ‘leave’. prove u have more than shit between your ears when u read these comments. dont stop reading when u see the word ‘leave’. read the whole fucking sentence.

    By darth on Jul 27, 2014

  37. Gee, darth’s life is really fascinating…to people are even more pathetic than he is…presuming they exist…which I sincerely doubt. Try shutting the fuck up, darth.

    By Willis on Jul 27, 2014

  38. Darth, your comments are usually good for a quick giggle or two, until my conscience kicks in, and I quickly find myself merely pitying what seems to be an astonishing sense of grandiosity, lashed together with a complex mesh of delusions or frustrated wishes. I love how you imply that, normally, you are above the petty and crass act of asking for an autograph, while most of us in the madding, musically ignorant crowd are only too happy to have the chance to have a revered musical hero sign our worn LPs. Yep, your sophistication and worldliness ooze from your every word, and remind us all of how superior and exciting your musical experiences have been, compared with our nosebleed seats and lack of backstage mingling. By the way, I have no compunctions about asking for an autograph from a musician who I have supported over the years. All they can do is say “no”, but, usually they sign. Currently, I have a collection of hundreds of autographed LPs and CD booklets that I obtained for free, in person, from some of the greatest artists in jazz, rock, electronic music, blues, funk, soul, pop, and real country/bluegrass. Overall, artists have been incredibly kind to me, and none have acted offended. My favorite “autograph” is the complete defacing of my vinyl “cute clown and puppy” jacket for The Butthole Surfers’ Locust Abortion Technician album that Paul Leary committed, in lieu of a signature. With black Sharpie, he drew demented clowns with erect members over the printed normal clowns. He had a crazy grin the whole time. It’s an original art piece now. See, Darth, autographs can be fun and educational.

    By Lightnin' Popkins on Jul 27, 2014

  39. What does anyone think about the Neil Young that Big O posted?

    . . . . . .tumble weed rolls across . . . . .

    By swappers on Jul 27, 2014

  40. Strewth now we have the cretin’s autobiography!
    S’alright Glen nurse’ll be round with your meds soon
    At least Lightnin’ Popkins has something to actually SAY contrary to what MORONS have to say for themselves! Ha ha ha ha . . . . . >>sigh<<

    Back on thread (trolls take note) - I was astonished to check out this NEIL YOUNG and the Booker T gang astonishingly cool!Who would have expected that to work? Mind you that’s what I thought when I heard he’d hooked up with Pearl Jam. The man’s a force of nature
    Thanks Big O x

    By swappers on Jul 27, 2014

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