October 29, 2011 – 4:36 am

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Road Of Plenty: The Unreleased Songs (1966-2010 & Live Rarities 1969-1984) [The Godfather Box, 6CD]

Live and some studio tracks from various venues and dates. Released June 30, 2011. VG to Excellent stereo/mono. Boxset comes with a 44-page booklet.

Here are some highlights of Disc 3 and 4:

CD3 This disc contains a few of the songs rejected by Geffen as “not sounding like Neil Young”. Very countrified tracks like Hillbilly Band, Time Off For Good Behaviour and Your Love Again all left off Old Ways, the album. Leavin’ The Top 40 Behind is a bona fide hit. This boxset’s title, Road Of Plenty, the song, can be found here. It’s an early version of El Dorado. The rest are live songs with his Blue Notes band, Neil Young with brass.

CD4 Test your patience with Neil’s 18-plus-minute-song, Sixty To Zero. It’s a rambling, acoustic number. Then some leftovers from Crazy Horse sessions over the years, performed live. The final five songs are from performances since 2008. All sounding thoughtful which is where Young is at the present.

A full review of the boxset by gsparaco can be read here.

The overall sound quality as Godfather themselves attest “were culled from the highest quality recordings”. We only want to add that it’s a bit “loud” after the remaster. The old Neil Young bootleg set, Rock ‘n’ Roll Cowboy, seems natural and organic next to this Monsanto-bred baby.

Thanks to thehappymundays for the artwork.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Discs Five and Six will be available in the coming week.Disc 3
Track 301. Your Love Is Good To Me [Santa Cruz 6/2/84] 4:26 (6.1MB)
Track 302. Your Love Is Good To Me [Toronto 18/8/88] 3:38 (5.0MB)
Track 303. Leavin’ The Top 40 Behind [studio outtake Nashville 30/6/85] 3:32 (4.8MB)
Track 304. Hillbilly Band [studio outtake Nashville 20/4/85] 3:16 (4.7MB)
Track 305. Time Off For Good Behaviour [studio outtake Franklin 1/7/85] 3:35 (4.9MB)
Track 306. Your Love Again [studio outtake Nashville 26/4/85] 2:25 (3.3MB)
Track 307. Road Of Plenty [Mansfield 21/9/86] 8:07 (11.1MB)
Track 308. Welcome To The Big Room [San Francisco 12/11/87] 7:34 (10.3MB)
Track 309. Last Of His Kind [Clarkston 3/9/87] 3:59 (5.4MB)
Track 310. High Heels [San Francisco 12/11/87] 4:46 (6.5MB)
Track 311. Find Another Shoulder [San Francisco 12/11/87] 6:07 (8.4MB)
Track 312. Bad News [Toronto 18/8/88] 7:55 (10.8MB)
Track 313. Crime Of The Heart [Detroit 4/9/88] 6:01 (8.2MB)
Track 314. Doghouse [Detroit 4/9/88] 4:09 (5.7MB)

Disc 4
Track 401. Sixty To Zero [Toronto 18/8/88] 18:27 (26.6MB)
Track 402. Walking After Midnight [NYC 19/4/88] 4:40 (6.7MB)
Track 403. Born To Run [Studio 1990] 5:23 (7.4MB)
Track 404. Live To Ride [Torhout 3/7/93] 6:27 (8.8MB)
Track 405. Modern World [Portland 13/7/97] 3:59 (5.4MB)
Track 406. Standing In The Name Of Love [Berlin 26/6/01] 5:49 (7.9MB)
Track 407. Gateway Of Love [Gent 18/6/01] 8:52 (12.1MB)
Track 408. Sea Change [London 15/3/08] 4:00 (5.4MB)
Track 409. Get Around [From Video 2008] 3:35 (5.2MB)
Track 410. Mexico [London 15/3/08] 2:40 (3.6MB)
Track 411. Leia [San Francisco 8/12/10] 3:23 (4.6MB)
Track 412. You Never Call [San Francisco 8/12/10] 4:56 (6.7MB)

The official boxset that all bootlegs aspire to. Buy it here.

n June 2011, Neil Young offered another archive release, A Treasure. Amazingly not a single song is found on the Godfather box. Buy it here.

  1. 20 Responses to “NEIL YOUNG - ROAD OF PLENTY CD 3, 4”

  2. Absolutely incredible. Neil was so prolific and so unique, these are true treasures. “Leavin’ The Top 40 Behind” is fantastic, as is “Time Off For Good Behavior.”

    By batfan on Oct 29, 2011

  3. Thanks once again for this great Neil set.

    By Rick D on Oct 29, 2011

  4. just finished reading the book about Buffalo Springfield[highly recommend it to Young fans] so this is very timely getting all these wonderful tracks.

    By sluggo on Oct 29, 2011

  5. I´m always Neil-hungry. Thank you very much!

    By Belasco on Oct 29, 2011

  6. Another great batch of Neil’s goodies
    Thank ya!

    By Timmy on Oct 29, 2011

  7. I’ve been trying to find “Time Off For Good Behavior” for a long time (though, admittedly, it hasn’t helped that I didn’t know the title, and not many bootlegs have “that song where Neil sings about how he smokes weed and is bummed out somebody he knows went to jail for it”). Thanks!

    By YogaforCynics on Oct 30, 2011

  8. I know someone in this forum will know the answer to this question, though it is highjacking this particular page. What am I supposed to do with audio FLAC files that I download (not from this site)? I read that they are lossless, thus sound better than MP3 files. But they play only on my computer. I’d much rather listen to them on my stereo. I can handle SACD, CD, DVD. And by the way, though you all know this, bigO is the best music site, bar none.

    By Saillant on Oct 30, 2011

  9. T H A N K Y O U

    Try, Homefires, No One Seems to Know, there are some real gems here. The uneveness of the sound & songs isn’t important. Having them to add to a playlist or to complete an album is great.

    Thanks for sharing.

    By Eric on Oct 30, 2011

  10. Saillant- Don’t feel bad. We’ve all been there at one time. You need to convert the Flac files to WAV files (wave) then you can burn them and play them anywhere. There are many programs out there to do this. I use one called - Efficient WMA MP3 Converter - because it’s free. Just do a search for it. It’s easy to use and can also convert Ogg Vorbis and Windows Media and other files you may run into someday.

    Good luck

    By Sking on Oct 30, 2011

  11. Hope you don’t mind the link BigO - you can remove it if you want.

    Saillant, go here and click on the link at the BOTTOM of the page.

    By Sking on Oct 30, 2011

  12. Saillant,

    Some CD burning software (such as ROXIO Toast or Creator) will burn normal audio CDs right from FLAC files, without you having to convert them first.

    By John on Oct 30, 2011

  13. Thanks for three and four so swiftly …

    By Canute on Oct 30, 2011

  14. wow….this is just too much..thanks big O!!!

    By sluggo on Oct 30, 2011

  15. Thanks to those who answered. I figured out how to convert FLAC files into .wav files. They sound great!

    By Saillant on Oct 30, 2011

  16. Tremendous stuff. Thanks again Big O

    By Allan McFadyen on Oct 31, 2011

  17. converting is fine.. and good but using nero also works and u can burn directly with the flac without converting and retain the quality and remove spaces between tracks.
    i have found the best converter and easiest is traders little helper. works with shn and flac. havent tried it with ogg files. but if u want to play any files whatsoever keep in mind that vlc player will do it for u without u having to scramble for codecs.

    By darth on Oct 31, 2011

  18. This is aweosome! Thank you! My favorites are the “Old Ways” unreleased tracks, Standing In The Light of Love and Gateway of Love. :)

    By Jim on Aug 14, 2012

  19. Any chance of reposting “Track 401. Sixty To Zero [Toronto 18/8/88]”??

    Thanks! this blog is AMAZING!!!

    By Bicho on May 5, 2015

  20. hi actually tracks 304, 401, 402, and 409 all come up as file not found
    is there any chance for a reload - or have they now ben officially released in one of Neils many projects?

    By dwight on May 5, 2015

  21. hello Dwight. try again, as I had no trouble now with any of the tracks you listed.

    By Job Hunter on May 6, 2015

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