February 18, 2011 – 3:46 am

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Bakersfield 1973 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Civic Auditorium, Bakersfield, CA; March 11, 1973. Very good audience recording.

Harvest, released in February 1972, was a massive hit album for Neil Young. But the following months proved to be trying times for Young - his first child was diagnosed with cerebral palsy; he had to drop Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten from the band because of drug use and then Whitten dying from an overdose. On top of that, he had a tour. Young told Cameron Crowe who was then writing for Rolling Stone magazine: “That night the coroner called me from L.A. and told me he’d OD’d. That blew my mind. I loved Danny. I felt responsible. And from there, I had to go right out on this huge tour of huge arenas. I was very nervous and… insecure.”

While audience recordings of the show had previously circulated among fans, this version came from a first generation cassette tape and fans are enthusiastic over its very good to excellent sound quality. Young’s voice is clear, direct and upfront and the instruments do not sound mushy, garbled or echoey at all. Thanks to D & D for taping the show; JEMS for the transfer and weedwacker67 who shared the tracks on Dime. Thanks also to agovigli for the artwork.

This show has circulated as Last Album [Zeus] with tracks from St Petersburg, FL (Feb 3, 1973) and Buffalo, NY (Jan 14, 1973) filling up the bulk of Disc Two of the two-CD set. (Click here to download Last Album.)

And the track, Sweet Joni, remains officially unreleased to this day.

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.

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.

Disc 1
Track 101. Intro (876k)
Track 102. Sugar Mountain (12.6MB)
Track 103. Tell Me Why (7.6MB)
Track 104. Sweet Joni (5.5MB)
Track 105. Old Man (6.9MB)
Track 106. Band Introductions (1.0MB)
Track 107. Heart Of Gold (7.7MB)
Track 108. The Loner (7.3MB)
Track 109. Look Out Joe (8.6MB)
Track 110. Time Fades Away (10.4MB)
Track 111. Don’t Be Denied (9.3MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Audience (3.7MB)
Track 202. Alabama* (9.0MB)
Track 203. New Mama* (9.8MB)
Track 204. Last Dance* (18.6MB)
Track 205. Southern Man* (18.6MB)
Track 206. Cinnamon Girl* (12.7MB)
Track 207. Are You Ready For The Country?* (7.0MB)
* with David Crosby and Graham Nash

Neil Young - guitar, vocals, harmonica, piano
The Stray Gators
Ben Keith - pedal steel guitar
Jack Nitzsche - piano, vocals
Tim Drummond - bass
Johny Barbata - drums

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.

  1. 26 Responses to “NEIL YOUNG - BAKERSFIELD 1973”

  2. Wow. A terrific recording for 1973 on a cassette. Clear and with good dynamic range on the four tracks I’ve heard so far. My thanks to whoever took such excellent care in the recording and preservation of this recording.

    If you like this, buy Neil’s live “Time Fades Away” disc, from this same tour, which has great energy despite some ragged performances.

    Neil sings “Sweet Joni from Saskatoon” — by odd coincidence, the second song I heard today with “Saskatoon” in it — heard a track from The Guess Who a few hours ago on Sirius radio’s “Deep Tracks” show - “Running Back to Saskatoon.”

    By Janania on Feb 18, 2011

  3. hey bigo, thanks! i’ll get this. it’s been awhile on neil. i remember getting osaka 76 a few months ago. i usually get all his boots you post except for the various live ones. i like the albany one you posted last may. it’s good. budokan is another good one. i had nagoya one, but it skipped too bad and wasn’t enjoying listening to. if there is a better version out there, please post!

    does phil have dio-san jose 83. i was driving around listening to my sucky napster rips of it. please post, if you have it or any other dio! he rules!!!


    By Ed Saad on Feb 18, 2011

  4. Your taste and generosity seem to know no bounds. Thanks.

    By Jim Shelley on Feb 19, 2011

  5. sorry, but link 206 for non amrican residents don’t works… it said file error…..
    can you help to complete this wonderful concert?
    thanks a lot


    By paolo carnevale on Feb 19, 2011

  6. hey paolo, if you have a pc, right click on the top link. it works. i got it this morning.


    By Ed Saad on Feb 19, 2011

  7. thnaks a lot, you got right…


    By paolo carnevale on Feb 19, 2011

  8. Could someone enlighten me? Is this the same recording as the tracks from this show previously posted — and linked above — as Last Album, or is this a better version of those tracks?

    By Kalonymaus Amshinov on Feb 20, 2011

  9. Thanks for this posting. It will slightly set aside the wait for 2nd installment of Neil’s 2nd Archive’s Box Set. Which will probably come out in 2025.

    By James on Feb 21, 2011

  10. This version is copied from the taper’s master cassette. The lineage of the Zeus bootleg is unknown. - Admin

    By Admin on Feb 21, 2011

  11. Thanks for this awesome post… I have Last Album and love this show, great sound on Last Album and if this is better sound, I will be even happier. Gotta love “Sweet Joni” - thank god there was someone taping that night, as it is the only time that he has ever performed that song live. C’mon Neil, pull your finger out and release a top quality studio version (or soundboard of this show).

    Lots of love to all at BigO for this and other shows you post :)

    By Happy Horse on Feb 21, 2011

  12. Wow! Just wow! I was at this concert! Talk about memories. Thanks so much for posting the links.

    By DB on Feb 24, 2011

  13. WOW! Thnx! This is great. I am too Young to actually have attended the show myself (born -78). But at least I can be there via these tracks. Sounds great, and from what I can hear, Neil sounds to be in a great mood as well. Not everyday he does the chorus on Sugar Mountain more times, without guitars to have the audience sing a long.

    Love it! Thnx.

    By Kjell on Feb 24, 2011

  14. Thanks for sharing this show and the link to the Last Album. I added those extra tracks onto this one. Keep up the great Neil shares.

    By Matt on Feb 25, 2011

  15. So, is this better sounding than the Last Album bootleg or is it the same??

    By Dave Peters on Mar 9, 2011

  16. I attended the Bakersfield concert and recall being told that the concert was being recorded for an album. Saw trailers with extensive cable work in back of the Civic. A few years later, in Lincoln Nebraska, I was given a two record album of the concert plus some extras. The album jacket was the usual all white, the records each have labels noting “Great Live Concerts” and “all rights reserved, all wrongs reserved”.

    By Rene on Aug 18, 2011

  17. Thanks for making this available. Neil’s ‘73 shows are legendary. It’s great to hear one of these shows with good sound quality. Lookout Joe, The Loner and New Mama are amazing to hear live. Classic stuff. Bravo!

    By Ian on Dec 21, 2011

  18. Thanks!

    By Rich on Sep 7, 2012

  19. Thanks SOoo much! I was at this concert - MY VERY FIRST CONCERT. Linda Ronstadt opened up with the Stone Ponies. I was a freshman in high school. Blew me away when he introduced Crosby & Nash. I can remember at the end of “Are You Ready for the Country” They were singin’ “Come on turn on the Light” I lived in Taft, 36 mi. s/w of Bak.

    By Brian Summers on Dec 11, 2012

  20. OH yeah, the screw fell out of Neil’s harmonica holder & he said “The goddamn screw just fell out”
    What a fantastic show that was.
    The Civic had great shows back then…

    By Brian Summers on Dec 11, 2012

  21. Love Neil “LIVE”. I hope there pops up a new show where he does “Driftin’ Back” from the latest release. I love the old Neil and the new one is pretty good. Keep “Rockin’ in the Free World”.

    By Webwar on Apr 24, 2013

  22. This is a good show and an improvement over the copy I have been listening to for years.By the time he got to California near the end of this tough tour,Neil was just wiped out,his voice was ragged and hoarse….hence the appearence of Crosby and Nash.But that means nothing because he will always try to pull the show out of his ass and here he does.Thx Big-O…..

    By Couz on Apr 24, 2013

  23. Click here if you reside in North America
    Click here if you reside outside North America

    outside N.A. gives an error and a link to s.x-sites

    By Gerard on Apr 25, 2013

  24. thank you for yet another AWESOME show. :)

    By Paul on May 25, 2013

  25. BigO -
    Seems like track 212 is broken.

    Track 12 Borrowed Tune (5.5MB)

    By Rick on Aug 29, 2015

  26. Sorry, I meant on Neil Young’s Lost Album…

    By Rick on Aug 29, 2015

  27. Hi bigO :)

    Great improvement over previous releases. However, oon disk two, tracks 4 & 5 are missing.

    when I put my cursor over the link, it shows the MP3 link, but when I right click to save link as, it tries to load an HTML page. If I take the track 3 URL and change “3″ to 4″, it says ‘file not found”… same with track 5.

    can you please fix and reupload those two tracks/

    thanks in advance ;)

    By Sweet Joni on Aug 9, 2016

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