May 22, 2015 – 3:04 pm

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Paris 1976 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Pavillon de Paris, Paris, France; March 23, 1976. Fairly to very good audience recording.

Before performing in Europe in 1976, Neil Young and Crazy Horse played in Japan between March 3 and 11.

Andy Greene,

Crazy Horse guitarist Frank “Poncho” Sampedro will never forget the group’s March 1976 tour of Japan. He’d only joined the band a few months earlier during the recording sessions for Zuma, and prior to boarding the plane to Japan his only live experience with Young came during a handful of California bar shows in December of 1975. He suddenly found himself playing to enormous, screaming crowds all over Japan. For someone who was merely a fan of Neil Young the previous year, the entire experience was beyond surreal.

The sixth stop of the tour was at Tokyo’s Budokan Hall, and Young hired a film crew to tape the two-night stand. Nobody bothered to tell Poncho, and he dropped a bunch of acid before going onstage one of the nights. “I couldn’t even look up,” he told author Jimmy McDonough. “I was so high. I’d hit the strings of my guitar - they were like eight different colors - and they bounced off the floors and hit the ceiling.”

The 1976 Neil Young and Crazy Horse tour was supposed to hit America in the summer, but Young began playing with Stephen Stills when he returned home and decided the abandon The Horse in order to form the Stills-Young Band. They recorded an LP very quickly and hit the road, though after just eighteen dates Young decided he had enough. He couldn’t even face Stills to tell him the news. Instead, he wrote this now famous letter: “Dear Stephen, funny how some things that start spontaneously end that way. Eat a peach, Neil.”

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Thanks to the taper and the original uploader; and to Dangerbird_F for keeping the show alive at Dime.

Dangerbird_F added: “As for many countries that year, it was the first time Neil had stopped in France. The interview Neil gave later that evening can be qualified as legendary, for he admitted to the journalists: “Right know, all I nead is a good fuck!”… The performance is incredible, Neil is making joke after joke (you know what the name Crazy Horse refers to in Paris…).”

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Source: Audience Master > unspecified DAT generations > DAT
Transfer: DAT > R500 > MBox > ProTools > xACT1.5b3 > flac 8

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Disc 1
Track 101. Tell Me Why 4:27 (7.5MB)
Track 102. Cowgirl In The Sand 4:44 (8.0MB)
Track 103. After The Goldrush 4:41 (7.9MB)
Track 104. Mellow My Mind 3:09 (5.3MB)
Track 105. Too Far Gone 3:42 (6.2MB)
Track 106. A Man Needs A Maid 3:36 (6.1MB)
Track 107. No One Seems To Know 3:29 (5.9MB)
Track 108. Heart Of Gold 3:33 (6.0MB)
32 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Country Home 7:16 (12.2MB)
Track 202. Don’t Cry No Tears 3:16 (5.5MB)
Track 203. Down By The River 11:26 (19.2MB)
Track 204. Lotta Love 4:03 (6.8MB)
Track 205. Like A Hurricane 10:10 (17.1MB)
Track 206. The Losing End 4:19 (7.3MB)
Track 207. Drive Back 5:14 (8.8MB)
Track 208. Southern Man 8:13 (13.8MB)
Track 209. Cortez The Killer 8:13 (13.8MB)
Track 210. Cinnamon Girl 3:42 (6.2MB)
66 mins

Neil Young - vocals, guitar, keyboards, banjo, harmonica
Frank Sampedro - guitar, keyboards, vocals
Billy Talbot - bass, vocals
Ralph Molina - drums, vocals

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  1. 23 Responses to “NEIL YOUNG - PARIS 1976”

  2. Hi, a real big “thank tou” for posting it free…
    As long as there’ll be music lovers….

    By alain on May 22, 2015

  3. so you get the call to be in the band of your dreams and in the 6th gig you are so full of yourself that you dose yourself with acid right before you play.
    what a pro,said no one ever.

    By dropkick sarge on May 22, 2015

  4. Dropkick– Neil seems to have forgiven him.

    By Crawdad on May 22, 2015

  5. crawdad, that `s not the point.
    You want the mechanic that`s changing your oil to be dosed , the surgeon saving your loved ones life to be dosed, the guy making your dinner at a restaurant,,anything..its all about professionalism man,that`s my point.

    By dropkick sarge on May 22, 2015

  6. Thanks Big O! Love the ‘76 shows

    By JerryP on May 22, 2015

  7. thank you so much
    1976 is such a great year for neil young!

    By easy on May 22, 2015

  8. Thanks Big O, the second set will definitely liven the hickory smoking of bacon-wrapped venison brautwurst this Saturday night in Thompson.

    Sarge, you have a point there, but in a musician’s or any artist’s case, what about the possibility of enhanced creativity or performance? I may think differently after I listen to the music. Entertainment, if the entertainer is doing it to enhance his or her performance, might be a different genre’ than surgery, mechanics, On those I definitely agree with you. Have a great weekend. With respect, James

    By James on May 22, 2015

  9. Sarge, you have a point there, but in a musician’s or any artist’s case, what about the possibility of enhanced creativity or performance?

    James I never fell for that baloney one bit[drugs =creativity] and you need look no further than Frank Zappa who would not abide drug use in any form be it with himself or his band members .
    Drugs don`t make you creative ,don`t fall for that schoolyard shit.

    By dropkick sarge on May 23, 2015

  10. Neil`s new anti GMO song..

    By dropkick sarge on May 23, 2015

  11. why isn’t Stones/Fonda/5-20-15 up yet? :)

    By Don on May 23, 2015

  12. Thanks, this is quite listenable. I am always amaazed at how tapers managed to get decent-quality audience recordings in those years. The write-up is a bit misleading in suggesting that NY abandoned Crazy Horse in 1976. Thanks to Big O, I have November, 1976 shows from Ft. Worth, Madison and Boston, plus an accoustic compilation from the same month. I also have a Stills-Young Band show (not very good) from June. So a busy year for Neil. Thanks Big O!

    By Jania on May 23, 2015

  13. Wow, simply WOW. I cannot thank you guys enough. You’re salvaging treasures.

    By Carlo Matthews on May 23, 2015

  14. Don-HA! Thinking the same thing. It’s pathetic how damned spoiled we all are.

    By Happy Camper on May 23, 2015

  15. More often than not, I’ll say that you can keep your band of musical “pros.” Let me listen to the freaks who are reaching for something beyond the ordinary, the sort of musicians who might get a notion to drop acid before a show just to see what might happen.

    Long live the Horse!

    By frightwig on May 25, 2015

  16. Let me listen to the freaks who are reaching for something beyond the ordinary, the sort of musicians who might get a notion to drop acid before a show just to see what might happen.

    yeah shit nothing like watching some drugged out turd watching his round-wound a string vibrate for two hours.boy howdy who wouldn`t want to pay for that ?

    By dropkick sarge on May 25, 2015

  17. The acid didn’t have any gmo’s.

    By niroopa on May 25, 2015

  18. is anyone using the pono player and neils pono music service? im a bit skeptical and its rather pricey. the reviews ive read are not great. any first hand user reviews? thx ppl.

    By barth on May 25, 2015

  19. Good sound EXCEPT for the annoying pounding on the table throughout. Taper should have clobbered this guy with a bottle of wine early on in the evening.

    By T. Way on May 25, 2015

  20. T.Way, I was at a blues fest on the weekend and I couldn’t believe the hen sessions going on around me through the entire performances. Groups of people young and old either had their noses stuck in their idiotic palm pilots all day or spent the entire afternoon gabbing away as if they were at a conference. Honest to pete what the hell is happening here people? have some respect for the performers at least.

    By sluggo on May 25, 2015

  21. Thank you BigO. This is awesome. I always appreciate your posting so many great shows.

    By Belmo on May 25, 2015

  22. Belmo you done any books lately ? your jimi book was the bomb!

    By sluggo on May 25, 2015

  23. likewise at sporting events sluggo…they paid good money to attend games, concerts…the phone is in hand head down not even paying attention and/or just gabbing away to the person next to them…good god our society is so out of wack with social media, internet, selfies, apps…

    By Jerry's Finger on May 25, 2015

  24. @sarge…

    as willie sings the world is going to pot…


    By Jerry's Finger on May 25, 2015

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