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Swinging In The Silence [Golden Nugget GN 001/002, 2CD]

Live at the Musichall, Frankfurt, Germany; December 7, 1989. Very good to excellent audience recording.

Most collectors would already have a copy of this show. It’s been released on one CD as Crime In The City (Templar TCD 023). This is the two CD version.

It’s good that this is an audience recording rather than one from the sound board, for what is lost in quality is more than made up for in atmosphere. You can really hear the excitement in the audience. As a reminder of what a roll Neil was on at the time, it’s extraordinary how rapturously some of the new songs - Rockin’ in the Free World, which had only been released two months previously, and This Note’s for You - are greeted, as though Neil had just played the opening notes of Like a Hurricane. There I was, thinking, “If this were London, with its notoriously been-there-seen-that audiences, the recording might not have been so lively.” But then I dug out my recording of the London gig (December 12, 1989; made with my £29 tape recorder, so you can mostly just hear the reverb of the venue), and actually we were quite lively, too. Damn, it was exciting to be there, with Neil mostly alone on the large stage prowling around with his cap and his radio mic. I still have the T-shirt, tie-dyed and decorated with the CND symbol.

As is often the case with Neil’s shows, it’s the ‘new’ songs that shine the most, even those, like Too Far Gone, that were actually over a decade old but had only just been released. No More, Someday and Hangin’ on a Limb all sound as good as they ever have. But the standout is the title track of this bootleg, Crime in the City, which is an absolute tour de force in the energy that comes across from the performance. It helps that it’s an amazing song, and the 1988 versions with the full band and horn section are probably just as good…

On some of the older songs, particularly Old Laughing Lady, Neil’s guitar playing is, by comparison with the newer material, rudimentary and uninspired. But some of the old songs are arranged in the set list to demonstrate how the new material has its roots in the old, so the anti-drug No More comes after Needle and the Damage Done and the reprise of Rockin’ in the Free World rubs up against Ohio.

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Disc 1
Track 101. My My Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue) 4:31 (10.9MB)
Track 102. Rockin’ In The Free World 5:21 (12.8MB)
Track 103. Old Laughing Lady 5:19 (12.8MB)
Track 104. Don’t Let It Bring You Down 3:27 (8.3MB)
Track 105. Someday 7:01 (16.9MB)
Track 106. Crime In The City 8:30 (20.4MB)
Track 107. Eldorado * 8:27 (20.3MB)
43 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Too Far Gone * ** 5:52 (14.1MB)
Track 202. This Note’s For You 3:57 (9.5MB)
Track 203. The Needle And The Damage Done 3:03 (7.3MB)
Track 204. No More 5:56 (14.3MB)
Track 205. After The Goldrush 4:55 (11.8MB)
Track 206. Hangin’ On A Limb ** 5:15 (12.6MB)
Track 207. Heart Of Gold ** 5:09 (12.4MB)
Track 208. Ohio 3:41 (8.9MB)
Track 209. Rockin’ In The Free World 4:34 (11.0MB)
43 mins

Overburn to fit all the tracks onto one audio CD.

Neil Young - guitar, piano, harp, vocals
* Frank “Poncho” Sampedro - guitar, mandolin
** Ben Keith - steel guitar, synthesizer

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  1. 59 Responses to “NEIL YOUNG - FRANKFURT 1989”

  2. Dudes , me luvs Neil young but why dis 80s show when dey is so many shows from da 70s Neil is a geezer here anything from da 60s thru 82 which is my cutoff year would have my approval , I likes Neil young almost as much as Neil diamond but 70s Muzak only please , He can’t cut da mustard here , No more old man geezer Muzak or fake modern shit wit auto tune and lipsinkin , makes me happy by keeping Muzak in da 70s , 70s rock 70s roll 70s rule

    By Boom Boom Mancini on Feb 2, 2017

  3. Great Neil Young show , I assume this was one of his acoustic tours , thank you

    By Chuck in Texas on Feb 2, 2017

  4. Somebody said (dont remember name ) :
    this is one of the best 10 bootlegs whats in the net from Mr. Young

    By awoinigib on Feb 2, 2017

  5. You look tired Eli, you should take a rest

    By Eli Mancini is a moron on Feb 2, 2017

  6. Only listened to some of this on the way to work, but what i heard sounded great. Not sure there is anyone who can reach out to a crowd with just an acoustic guitar like neil can.

    Love hearing no more and this note’s for you as well. Cheers bigo

    By Tom R on Feb 2, 2017

  7. I love Neil young at any age Eli Moron errrr I mean just Moron / everyone else / Ava’s ghost among others , don’t lump me with that babling idiot Mancini . Go back to sucking Reems big dick

    By Eli on Feb 2, 2017

  8. By responding to trolls you become one yourself , ignore them , they want your attention. I saw Neil on this tour twice , great performances by a legend thanks

    By Bill on Feb 2, 2017

  9. Thanks a lot for this one BigO!!!
    Been there done that …
    after the show talking to someone who recorded it
    he send me a copy of the cassette…
    man, I`m getting old …

    By fruchtas on Feb 3, 2017

  10. 20 or even 10 yrs abo this would be exciting ,but heard so much live Neil Young concerts now with the same songs and little different ,it not much different ,plus other live recordings like the Paris one are better sound. Have collected so many live recordings already ,that this is just sort of boring going over the same territory with lesser sound quality

    By Desmond Tutu on Feb 3, 2017

  11. Mancini , did you actually say that Neil Diamond was better than Neil Young ???? Really man ?

    By Tommy on Feb 3, 2017

  12. Saw Neil Young only once - Hammersmith Odeon, 12th December 1989. Great show! Incredible captivating presence, alone with just an acoustic guitar…. Thanks as always BigO for all the great music on this website…

    By jazzman on Feb 3, 2017

  13. Great stuff!

    There’s nothing “rudimentary and uninspired” about his playing on Old Laughing Lady. That’s just the way the song is played. Maybe leave the criticism to people with more experience?

    By Tony on Feb 3, 2017

  14. Neil Diamond is a legend also , He had more hits and bigger hits in the sixties and seventies than Neil Young ever dreamed of , Don’t get me wrong Neil Young is great but if this were say 1970 or 71 Neil Diamond would be who you would think of when the name Neil was mentioned . I don’t understand why history has been so unkind to him and he gets so little respect . He’s every bit as good if not better than Neil Young Dylan , Leonard Cohen Lightfoot or any other singer song writer from that period , that’s my opinion and many others as well , Look at the number of hits and record sales , he’s sold more than Dylan and Young combined , Numbers don’t lie folks

    By Sonny Larricy on Feb 4, 2017

  15. Neil Diamond was great in the 60s and very early 70s and his body of work from 1967 thru around 72 or so rivals any of the great singer songwriters from that period , His albums Were great from that period, around 73 after his classic live album hot august night was released , he took a 3 year sabbatical from live performing. When he reemerged in 76 he put out an album Beautiful Noise produced by Robbie Robertson , it was true to his great singer songwriter style that he had before he left he took his break . His stage act though became more like Elvis / Wayne Newton / Tom Jones Vegas scholoc with pelvic gyrating cheesy colorful outfits and screaming frustrated middle sged housewives in the audience . For some reason that style continued thru the years and passing decades . His collaborations with people like Barbra Streisand may have helped him $$$ but certainly didn’t earn him respect , and who can forget that horrible remake of the classic Jolson based film the Jazz singer when Neil tried to go Hollywood. I prefer to remember the late 60s early 70s Neil Diamond , had he stayed that course with his albums and style and live acts his bank account may have been less but maybe people today would look at him the way they do Young and Dylan instead of a punchline , too bad he took the road he did

    By Harold on Feb 4, 2017

  16. the late great Lester Bangs review of neil diamonds “hot august night” is a classic and he was supposedly fired from rolling stone after it was published. his description of the cover is hilarious! i could never understand what diamond and his label were thinking when they approved that artwork.

    heres the review:

    By barth on Feb 4, 2017

  17. Yes the artwork was a little suggestive, Still N.D brings back fond memories from my teens and early twenties , discovered Neil Young later in life , AM top forty was big back then and that’s where many people discovered their Faves unlike later on when FM took over , singles became less important, ND was always on the singles top 40 charts which is where his fan base started , Too bad he sold out and became a crooner later on

    By Harold on Feb 4, 2017

  18. Thanks, I have over 1,000 Neil YOUNG cd’s. I can never have to many. Have a nice day.

    By jimg on Feb 4, 2017

  19. jimg, of the 1,000 CD’s, what are your top ten favorite bootleg CD’s? just curious. the February 1, 1971 L.A. solo performance has been a fave of mine since I bought the bootleg LP in 1971, got played over and over back then.

    By Bernard on Feb 5, 2017

  20. I buy so much cd’s I don’t have the time to listen to them anymore !

    By jimg moron on Feb 5, 2017

  21. Who is this Moron Jackoff and why do so few people criticize him on this blog ? Jimg didn’t say anything that outrageous and this troll is right there with a put down. This guy insults everybody but hardly anyone calls him out , why is this ? Other trolls get blasted and rightfully so but not so much this guy , baffling

    By Robert on Feb 5, 2017

  22. Well “Robert”, I think its the many pages of pornographic background info on Sinatra that’s most disturbing. But thats what corey does as you well know , so what can we do?

    By Jansen on Feb 5, 2017

  23. “Robert”- these nuts are blasting on your chin and rightfully so.

    By Robert Moron on Feb 6, 2017

  24. Someone should ban him from the blog and that goes for anyone else who uses foul language .Ive read other posts where people act like fools and for the most part they get called out.Its this guy who is the worst of them all,always instigating turmoil .The other fools are bad enough.What did jimg say that was out of line ? Giving grief to trolls who use profanity is one thing,jimg said he had 1000 Neil Young cds,so why was he jumped on ? This guy does this to everybody.deserving or not

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