Neil Young Live Archive Due December


Neil Young will release Live At The Cellar Door, the latest in his Archives Performance Series, on Friday December 6 on Reprise Records. The album collects recordings made during Young’s intimate six-show solo stand at The Cellar Door in Washington D.C. between November 30 and December 2, 1970, a few months after Reprise released his third solo album After The Gold Rush in August.

Of the many unique items on Live At The Cellar Door, there is a rare solo version of ‘Cinnamon Girl’ performed on piano rather than guitar (the full band version appears on Young’s 1969 second solo album Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere).

The album, which features Young performing on acoustic guitar and piano, includes tracks that are interesting for several reasons, such as stunning live versions of songs that appeared on After The Gold Rush (‘Tell Me Why,’ ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart,’ ‘Birds,’ ‘Don’t Let It Bring You Down’ and the title track) and solo performances of the Buffalo Springfield songs ‘Expecting To Fly’ (from their 1967 second album Buffalo Springfield Again), ‘I Am A Child’ (from their third and final album Last Time Around and Young’s 1977 Decade compilation), and ‘Flying On The Ground Is Wrong,’ from their 1966 self-titled debut.

In addition, Live At The Cellar Door features early, raw performances of songs that wouldn’t appear until subsequent Young albums, including the rarity ‘Bad Fog Of Loneliness’ (which appears on Live At Massey Hall ’71 – released in 2007– but was previously unreleased until the studio band version was included on Archives Vol. 1 1963-1972) and ‘Old Man’ (released two years later on 1972’s Harvest album). ‘Down By The River,’ also from Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, rounds out the set.

Live At The Cellar Door was recorded by Henry Lewy and produced by Young.

As with Young’s previous releases in the Archives series, Live At The Cellar Door will be released digitally, on CD, and on 180-gram vinyl (mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering and pressed at Pallas in Germany).

The track-listing for Live At The Cellar Door is as follows:

Side One:
Tell Me Why
Only Love Can Break Your Heart
After The Gold Rush
Expecting To Fly
Bad Fog Of Loneliness
Old Man
Side Two:
Don’t Let It Bring You Down
See The Sky About To Rain
Cinnamon Girl
I Am A Child
Down By The River
Flying On The Ground Is Wrong

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM ( in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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