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Music News: Two New Neil Young Releases Expected In Stores Before Christmas

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Neil Young, fresh off a summer long concert tour with bandmates Crosby, Stills and Nash, and his annual appearance with Willie Nelson at this year's Farm Aid, will have two new CD releases in record stores in time for the Christmas season.

Well okay, they are not exactly new – but at least one of them has been anticipated for something like twenty years.

According to reports published on Billboard Magazine's website, Young will first issue a new version of his controversial Living With War CD.

The newly remixed version will reflect a "more accurate" version of the original CD, which was recorded live in the studio in about ten days and released last May. The new Living With War – Raw (maybe Neil's a closet WWE wrestling fan) will also include a bonus DVD with videos, directed by Young himself, of every track on the album. The videos, which presumably will mirror the anti-Bush theme of the songs on the original album, contain footage from the Iraq war as well as from Al Gore's acclaimed documentary An Inconvenient Truth.

The new version of Living With War will be released first via iTunes November 7, to be followed by a traditional retail release December 19.

Perhaps of greater interest to long-time Neil Young fans however, is word that the long rumored Archives will finally begin to see the light of day. On November 14 — assuming everything holds — Neil Young will release the first of that series, Live At The Fillmore East 1970. Recorded at the legendary rock venue with the original lineup of Crazy Horse, the set has been rumored for official release at least since around the same time as the 3-CD retrospective set Decade more than twenty years ago.

Young — a notorious perfectionist when it comes to the remastering and re-packaging of his back catalog — has talked for years of putting out his "archives," but has thus far been frustratingly (for fans) slow in doing so. Several of Young's back catalog releases, including critically acclaimed albums such as On The Beach, were similarly unavailable for many years until Young finally put them out about two years ago.

This represents the first time an actual release date has been scheduled for any material from the infamously rumored Archives series. If all goes as planned, Live At The Fillmore East 1970 should begin a process of regular releases from that archive, much in the way Columbia has handled Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series.

However, while Billboard reports that Live At The Fillmore East 1970 will be a CD/DVD release, Amazon.com currently only has a CD release up at its site (the presumed cover-art can be seen in the Amazon ad that accompanies this article).

Either way, here is the track listing for the Live At The Fillmore East 1970 CD as it appears at Amazon.com:

1. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
2. Winterlong
3. Down By The River
4. Wonderin'
5. Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown
6. Cowgirl In The Sand

Curiously, the Billboard article also mentions such Young classics as "Broken Arrow," "Cinnamon Girl," and "On The Way Home" as possible inclusions on the set. Assuming the planned Novenber 14 release date actually holds (and when it comes to Neil Young's Archives that could be a very big "if"), hopefully all will be revealed soon.

In the meantime, Neil Young will perform his annual Bridge School benefit shows this weekend near San Francisco, with a lineup that also includes Brian Wilson and Pearl Jam.

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About Glen Boyd

Glen Boyd is the author of Neil Young FAQ, released in May 2012 by Backbeat Books/Hal Leonard Publishing. He is a former BC Music Editor and current contributor, whose work has also appeared in SPIN, Ultimate Classic Rock, The Rocket, The Source and other publications. You can read more of Glen's work at the official Neil Young FAQ site. Follow Glen on Twitter and on Facebook.
  • http://theglenblog.blogspot.com Glen Boyd

    Wow Gordon, thanks for getting this up…and so quickly. Maybe I should do this more often on weeknights…

    Thanx Gordon!

    -Glen

  • http://blog.myspace.com/tinkie101 tink

    Be still my beating heart…now all I have to hope for is that Santa thinks I’ve been a good girl this year!!

    Great job Glen!

  • http://theglenblog.blogspot.com Glen Boyd

    Your always a good girl Tink. I hear Santa likes the bad girls too though…LOL

    -Glen

  • http://theglenblog.blogspot.com Glen Boyd

    I forgot to say thanx for the comment tink. So tanx. I tink…(sorry couldn’t resist).

    Just for some random info while I’m here. Right now if you do a Google blog search for Neil Young, this story is the #1 link.

    Yes I know, only a geek like me up at this time of night would know that, but I thought it was pretty cool.

    Going to bed now.

    -Glen

  • Rick

    I was blessed to see the ’06 tour 4 times. Columbus, Indy, and the final 2 nights, St. Louis and Pitt. Neil has always been my favorite musician. Thanks for this info. This is soooo cool. Peace and Love to all.

  • http://theglenblog.blogspot.com Glen Boyd

    Always happy to be of service Rick. Thanx for the comment.

    -Glen

  • Jack

    Like many others, I am no doubt thrilled to hear of the release of the archives LAFE CD / DVD but i am one of those Young fans that is still holding my breath for the re-release of “Time Fades Away” that inexplainably has not made it out of its back catalog status and is one of those records that personifies the term “Raw”.

    Neil, give us an opportunity to “Live with Time Fades Away” too…………..

  • http://theglenblog.blogspot.com Glen Boyd

    Time Fades Away was just about as “Raw” as it gets wasn’t it?

    Thanks for the comment Jack.

    -Glen

  • http://www.butterflyfiction.com/journal/ Connie Phillips

    Congrats! A link to the article now appears on our Myspace Profile page.

  • http://theglenblog.blogspot.com Glen Boyd

    Very cool. Thanx Connie.

    -Glen

  • Vern Halen

    Time Fades Away – 14 junkies too weak to work….

    I’d like to hear the “soundtrack” album Journey Through the Past. There was a lot of carpola on that album but a few classic bits I’d like to hear again. I’ve lost my 8 track.

  • Pickering

    one sells diamonds…for what they’re worth…

  • Martin Lav

    Glen,

    Don’t know how I missed this in my Google alerts….I see you’re still following along. Great!

    The Bridge School Show was epic again this year!

    As usual, Neil kicking up everyone a notch when he’s on stage accompanying them.

    Including:
    – Country Girl with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
    – Throw Your Hatred Down with Pearl Jam
    – Cortez the Killer with Dave Matthews Band

    and then a killer all acoustic with all performers on-stage RITFW.

    It doesn’t get any better…..