September 9, 2010 – 11:04 am

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Osaka 1976 [Tarantura, 2CD]

Live at the Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan; March 6, 1976. Very good audience recording by Mr Peach.

If American bootleg fans are appreciative of the Mike Millard recordings, then over in Asia, Mr Peach is seen by some as the Mike Millard of Japan.

Millard made a reputation for himself with the recording of Led Zeppelin on June 21, 1977 at the Los Angeles Forum; as well as his series on The Rolling Stones. Millard was known to use a Nakamichi stereo recorder with AKG Acoustic microphones; pretending to be disabled with a wheelchair to hide his gear, Millard often got the sweetest spots to tape his shows. On the other hand, the Japanese Mr Peach is said to use a Sony TC-3000SD recorder.

Mr Peach, whose recordings appear on the Tarantura label, has recorded ’70s and ’80s shows such as Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, MSG, Rainbow, Iron Maiden, AC/DC and Queen. Kees posted this note at “Often the quality is amazing considering the time when recorded and I find quite a few of his recordings better than the famous Mike Milliard recordings. They have much more ‘depth/warmth’ in them.”

Here’s another Mr Peach show to add to the Mr Peach vs Mike Millard debate.

Thanks to mjk5510 who shared the show on the Dime site back in 2007. mjk5510 noted:

All credit goes to the taper of this and the other Osaka shows, excellent location, nice equipment, a well mannered Japanese audience and an awesome performance make this one of the very best documents of the 1976 Tour Of Japan and Europe.

The 1973 tour had been a moody affair in which Neil was in no mood to pull out the hits to suit his audiences’ expectations. In contrast, Neil was clearly having fun on the 1976 tour and many new songs were debuted at these shows: Too Far Gone would remain unreleased for 13 years until finally making its appearane on 1989’s Freedom, a rarely played Let It Shine, Lotta Love not appearing officially until 1978’s Comes A Time and one of the highlights of the shows - a lengthy version of the yet to be released at the time: Like A Hurricane.

This 1976 tour is legendary,  a tour I never get tired of listening to and this show is one of the best examples of how great Neil Young & Crazy Horse were on any given night.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1 - acoustic set (31:09)
Track 101. Intro (1.4MB)
Track 102. Tell Me Why (6.6MB)
Track 103. Mellow My Mind (6.0MB)
Track 104. After The Gold Rush (7.7MB)
Track 105. Too Far Gone (5.1MB)
Track 106. Let it Shine [first live version] (7.6MB)
Track 107. A Man Needs A Maid (6.2MB)
Track 108. No One Seems To Know (5.6MB)
Track 109. Heart Of Gold (5.7MB)

Disc 2 - electric set (59:18)
Track 201. Intermission (1.1MB)
Track 202. Country Home (10.9MB)
Track 203. Don’t Cry No Tears (7.0MB)
Track 204. Down By The River (15.0MB)
Track 205. Band Intro (2.0MB)
Track 206. Lotta Love (6.5MB)
Track 207. Like A Hurricane (14.6MB)
Track 208. The Losing End (7.5MB)
Track 209. Drive Back (8.6MB)
Track 210. Southern Man (master tape damaged 3:58-4:00 and 4:07-4:09)
(encore) (12.0MB)
Track 211. Cinnamon Girl (7.7MB)

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. 6 Responses to “NEIL YOUNG - OSAKA 1976”

  2. hey bigo, thanks! this is pretty good and been awhile on neil. in may i got the albany show. it’s a nice one too. the others you offered were compilations. i like complete shows. i was playing osaka and the year after the horse you offered june of last year. well except for the skipping on the first track, it’s a good boot.

    it’s been awhile on avant shows. put up a good one. the last one i remember is shinjuku jam with keiji haino in may and before that was lou reed’s metal machine trio. i got the ruins seattle show you restarted a couple weeks ago. all are good. just a sec. i remember last month you offered the zorn, laurie and lou show from canada. it’s a nice one too. still put up a good one or zeppelin. the last one i remember is the forum show you offered in june.


    By Ed Saad on Sep 9, 2010

  3. Great Job!Thanks for Neil!

    By Arthur on Sep 10, 2010

  4. Looking forward to hearing this. Thanks

    By Matt on Oct 13, 2010

  5. Thanks for reposting this this was a very prolific time for Neil.

    By TUNAFAN on Feb 27, 2014

  6. Hello,
    Can tracks number 108 & 208 be fixed?
    Thanks in advance.

    By Gary on Aug 5, 2016

  7. Links for tracks 102, 105, 107 , 204 & 211 doesn’t work.


    By PATRICK on Dec 1, 2016

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