May 14, 2010 – 3:43 am

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Touch The Clouds [PWC 198, 1CD]

Various outtakes and live tracks. Very good soundboard?

Thanks to efforts by the fans and the internet, nowadays it is much easier to listen to complete shows when artists go on tour. Back in 1991, fans had to rely on such discs as Touch The Clouds, with their mix of outtakes, rehearsal tracks and live tracks to satisfy their thirst.

With such compilations, one is sometimes surprised with what is included among the tracks. For example, what prompted Neil Young to ask [with his tongue firmly in his cheek?] his audience, “How many of you remember a group called Buffalo Springfield?” Surely he must be jesting as the 1984 New Orleans crowd roared in response as Neil begins what is one of the group’s most popular songs - Flying On The Ground Is Wrong.

On its own, a pleasant disc with its mix of electric and acoustic tracks (more acoustic really) and, for older bootleg fans, another chance to visit an old companion.

This is what Philip Cohen noted: “This compilation is mostly unreleased concert recordings made between 1969 and 1984, augmented with a non-LP single version of Buffalo Springfield’s Mr. Soul, and several alternate mixes from the withdrawn first LP pressing of his debut solo album Neil Young.

“The version of Mr. Soul on the bootleg is a single mix with an alternate guitar solo. The version on Archives Vol. 1 is a totally unreleased take from acetate, previously heard on the Buffalo Springfield four-CD box set. The versions of Oh Lonesome Me and I Believe In You on the bootleg are mono mixes (possibly promo and/or single mixes), and I’ve Been Waiting For You is the mix from the first pressing of the Neil Young solo debut album (before the album cover design was changed). Archives Vol. 1 uses the later mix of the song. When I Believe in You and Oh Lonesome Me appear on Archives Vol. 1, they’re the stereo mixes.”

Thanks to Phil for sharing the tracks.

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

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.

Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. Please try again later. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

Track 01. Flying On The Ground Is Wrong - New Orleans 1984 (7.5MB)
Track 02. Mr. Soul - Alternative studio track 1967 (3.6MB)
Track 03. I’ve Been Waiting For You - Alternative studio tracks 1970 (3.4MB)
Track 04. Oh Lonesome Me - Alternative studio tracks 1970 (5.4MB)
Track 05. I Believe In You - Alternative studio tracks 1970 (4.6MB)
Track 06. Mr. Soul - live Woodstock Rehearsal 1969 (7.1MB)
Track 07. Everybody’s Alone - KSAN radio show rehearsal (3.5MB)
Track 08. Dance Dance Dance - KSAN radio show rehearsal (2.3MB)
Track 09. Wondering - KSAN radio show rehearsal (9.6MB)
Track 10. Sugar Mountain - KSAN radio show rehearsal (6.1MB)
Track 11. Bad Fog Of Loneliness - Carnegie Hall 1970 (2.8MB)
Track 12. Country Home - Santa Cruz, California 5/1983 (4.9MB)
Track 13. Don’t Say You Win, Don’t Say You Lose - Santa Cruz, California 5/1983 (3.5MB)
Track 14. Shot’s - Boarding House, San Francisco 8/7 (7.1MB)
Track 15. Barstool Blues - Catalyst Club Santa Cruz, California 2/6/1984 (6.1MB)
Track 16. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere - Alternative studio version 1970 (3.3MB)
Track 17. World On A String - live UK tour 1973 (3.6MB)
Track 18. Home Fires - live CSNY 1974 tour (3.8MB)
Track 19. Too Far Gone - Hamburg, Germany 1976 (4.0MB)
Track 20. The Losing End - Hamburg, Germany 1976 (5.8MB)

Click on the link to order Neil Young albums.

Neil Young’s long-anticipated Archives Vol 1 (1963-1972) was released in June 2009. He has also released another live compilation - Dreamin’ Man Live ‘92. Click on the link to order Neil Young albums.


  2. BigO does it again!!!

    By TDC on May 14, 2010

  3. You are giving us some great stuff around here … uneblieveable, really. Neil Young is always worth hearing … thanks again and, of course, Cheers!

    By Canute on May 14, 2010

  4. Once again, another great offering from BigO. Thank you very much for all the great music you supply to all of us who don’t have the normal resources to aquire this music. It is appreciated!!

    By Rick D on May 14, 2010

  5. Thanks to Philip and BigO. More interesting than most of Archives, Vol. I. Surprised Mr. Young’s agents haven’t complained about this one yet!

    By Johnny Kinkdom on May 15, 2010

  6. I always loved “Shots” because it’s so noisy, but this acoustic version is great!

    By walter on May 15, 2010

  7. Always nice to hear these Neil comps. Thanks Phil & BigO

    By Matt on May 25, 2010

  8. hey its me again any chance you could fix tracks 7 and 14?

    By Leigh Palfrey on Jun 29, 2016

  9. only tracks 2, 9, and 15 working now.

    By ScarRad on Jun 19, 2018

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