June 7, 2009 – 4:13 am

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The Year After The Horse [Dandelion, 1CD]

Recorded live on location in Europe during the summer of 1996, soundtrack from the movie.

For those who are savouring Neil Young’s just-released Archives Vol 1 (though it has yet to surface in $heep City); for those who are waiting to get their hands on Archives Vol 1; for those who were and are dissatisfied that Neil Young’s Year Of The Horse CD (1997) did not contain songs from the movie; for anyone with an interest in Neil Young… this one’s for you.

In 1996, Neil Young released Broken Arrow and, with Crazy Horse, went on tour. This resulted in the Jim Jarmusch film, Year Of The Horse, as well the Year Of The Horse album. However, none of the songs from the movie were found on the album. This Dandelion release tries to correct that anomaly.

Here is a succinct account according to the CD notes:

Neil asked film director Jim Jarmusch to shoot some of the shows on 16mm film for potential future use. After the autumn US tour, Neil and Jarmusch got together and started working on their project called Year Of The Horse. In June 1997 a double CD with the same title was released. Despite an interesting song list - 10 out of 12 songs have never been released on any previous Neil Young live CD - the production was very poor.

His lifetime friend and producer David Briggs passed away two years before and Neil wanted to release his own official bootleg of a great tour. The result was a shambolic sounding double-CD, only 80 minutes long and badly mixed. Late autumn 1997 saw the premiere of the movie with the same name. Hailed and praised by both press and fans the film travelled around the world, shown in unique theatres and during art film festivals.

The songs heard on this CD have been taken from the original soundtrack. When one listens to the sound quality in comparison to the official live album, it is like being transported to a different stage. Take a bow for the duelling guitars in Slip Away, where Sampedro and Young end up like battling soldiers. Indeed this CD sounds so good, so perfect that we are at a loss for words.

But the real treat is that all performances are different and much better than those on the double CD. Award-winner is Tonight’s The Night, over 10 minutes long and an epic seldom heard before. Like A Hurricane is a unique mix of two decades Crazy Horse sound. The intro and outro were recorded in Viennes, France in the summer of 1996, while the middle part (the centrepiece of the song) got captured at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, during his much hailed 1976 European tour.

Neil’s voice has never sounded so rich, tender and lonely as in those last four minutes on Music Arcade. A perfect closer to a classic live album, and a perfect partner in crime to Weld.

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

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Track 01. Fuckin’ Up (9:41) (13.9MB)
Track 02. Slip Away (9:04) (12.4MB)
Track 03. Barstool Blues (9:10) (12.6MB)
Track 04. Stupid Girl (3:37) (4.9MB)
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Track 05. Big Time (7:03) (10.2MB)
Track 06. Tonight’s The Night (12:11) (17.6MB)
Track 07. Sedan Delivery (6:52) (9.9MB)
Track 08. Like A Hurricane (11:10) (16.1M)
Track 09. Music Arcade (2:52) (3.4MB)

Neil Young - vocals, lead and acoustic guitar
Frank (Poncho) Sampedro - guitar
Billy Talbot - bass
Ralph Molina - drums

Click here to order Neil Young’s Year Of The Horse and Broken Arrow.

  1. 22 Responses to “NEIL YOUNG - THE YEAR AFTER THE HORSE”

  2. TYSVD(AMN)4P!
    The sound is awesome.
    Flying highs: Slip Away & (not on the sndtrk) Fuckin’ Up.
    “Tonight’s the night, tonight’s the ni-i-i-ight!”

    By thewaymouth on Jun 7, 2009

  3. FU not on Year of the Horse [LIVE], I mean.
    (There I go just Fuckin’ Up again…)

    By thewaymouth on Jun 7, 2009

  4. Great disc. I always love hearing Sedan Delivery. You’ve done it again BigO

    By Matt on Jun 9, 2009

  5. Thanks .. looking forward to enjoy this one. Cheers.

    By Canute on Jun 20, 2009

  6. Thanks.
    I really love this.
    Here is a very awsome site to download Neil’s Bootlegs.

    By igdfpro on Jun 23, 2009

  7. As far as I’m concerned 1997 was the “Year of the Horse.” ‘96 got them playing together again but they were on fire for the H.O.R.D.E. tour in ‘97.

    Now, in terms of vintage Crazy Horse years it would have to be ‘69, ‘70, ‘76 ‘86 and ‘97 as the ones to watch for in terms of live recordings in my not so humble opinion from a former insider in the Neil camp.

    When David Briggs died it all went to hell because Neil lost his wing man.

    By Kelv on Jun 25, 2009

  8. This is good. I had the “Year of the Horse” CD. It was total crap. It was unlistenable. I played it several times before a used record store thankfully bought it from me.

    Thanks for the post.

    By Dave C. on Jul 2, 2009

  9. This is awesome and all but I can’t help but notice Neil’s guitar is on the left side of this mix whereas it’s usually on the right?

    By dan on Sep 9, 2009

  10. Sound quality, performance, etc, that just outshines the official release of Year of the Horse. The selections on this CD are from the released movie, which for some reason were not included on Year of the Horse. And that’s a shame because this is one of the best Neil and Crazy Horse concerts I’ve ever heard.

    The version of “Tonight’s the Night” is simply outstanding and one of the best versions that Neil (with or without The Horse) have ever done. The intro and outro of “Like a Hurricane” were recorded in 1996, while the main part of the song was recorded during their 1976 tour. I have never heard the song “Music Arcade” before. It’s just Neil and an acoustic guitar and it’s a great song. Even “Fuckin’ Up”, a song I never really cared for that much, just plain cooks. And Neil is in great voice throughout the concert.

    Thanks BigO…once again, you’ve come through with a gem.

    By Rick D on Apr 26, 2010

  11. Great recording…thanks very much. Gotta disagree with all the naysaying about The Year Of The Horse album though. I think it’s a fantastic raw,heavy sounding collection of not so greatest hits that captures The Horse in all their ragged garage band glory. The pure heart & soul on the version of DANGERBIRD on Y.O.T.H slays me everytime I hear it.

    By Mark on Oct 4, 2010

  12. Good Morning
    any chance of a link to Tonights The Night without having to use 4-shared. I don’t really care to register. Thanks.
    And also thanks for all the great music over the years!!!

    By Dave on Feb 17, 2014

  13. Is there a chance you guys could re-up track 8, Like A Hurricane? Thanks very much!

    By Berjan on Nov 27, 2015

  14. ..Hello, thx for all the great music! Any chance you could please post a re-up of Track 8, Like A Hurricane?–this link seems to be dead..Thanks, Cheers!

    By Beega on Mar 3, 2016

  15. Dandelion has always been one of the most count-on-able labels for production quality in digital era ROIOs. Their Dylan and Stones titles are marvelous and this one on Neil keeps their rep intact.

    Much thanks, BigO. I’m not the biggest Young fan but I do like to delve into his raucous electric mode from time to time and this’ll work just fine.

    By kingpossum on Jun 1, 2016

  16. Thanks! Excellent sound.

    By essebby on Jun 3, 2016

  17. What can you say?This is Crazy Horse…I love it!!

    By Couz on Jul 14, 2016

  18. Any chance of repairing tracks 1 & 5? Thanks in advance!

    By warren oates on Nov 22, 2016

  19. excellent sound! any chance of being able to repair tracks 1 & 5, they will not download properly.
    thanks for all of the great music and hard work!

    By dr.babyhead on Nov 23, 2016

  20. Thanks!

    By warren oates on Nov 26, 2016

  21. Any chance of repairing tracks 3 & 4? Thanks in advance!

    By Alex on Aug 9, 2017

  22. Hi — any chance of reupping the links?

    Thank you!

    By HW on Oct 5, 2018

  23. Any chance of this coming up again? I missed it first time round. Or are the problems still there with some of the tracks?

    By Johnny A on Jul 30, 2020

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