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Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Neil Young - The Complete Joel Bernstein Tapes

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Neil Young
The Complete Joel Bernstein tapes (all 22 songs)
Acoustic soundboard compilation, November 1976

Download FLAC: Part 1, Part 2
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Sources: Tracks 1-9 and 12-22: “Acoustic Young” bootleg Tracks 10 and 11: “River of Pride” bootleg

1. Campaigner, Boston 11/22/76 E
2. Old Laughing Lady, Atlanta 11/24/76 E
3. Human Highway, Madison, Wis. 11/14/76
4. Tell Me Why, Chicago 11/15/76 L
5. After the Goldrush, Houston 11/11/76
6. Harvest, Boston 11/22/76 L
7. Mr. Soul, New York City 11/20/76 E
8. Here We Are in the Years, Atlanta 11/24/76 L
9. Journey Through the Past, Boston 11/22/76 L
10. Heart of Gold, Fort Worth, Texas 11/10/76
11. A Man Needs a Maid, New York City 11/20/76 L
12. White Line, Fort Worth, Texas 11/10/76
13. Give Me Strength, New York City 11/20/76 L
14. No One Seems to Know, Boulder, Colo. 11/7/76
15. Mellow My Mind, New York City 11/20/76 E
16. Too Far Gone, Boulder, Colo. 11/6/76
17. Needle and the Damage Done, Atlanta 11/24/76 E
18. Pocahontas, Atlanta 11/24/76 L
19. Roll Another Number, Boston 11/22/76 L
20. Losing End, Atlanta, 11/24/76 L
21. Love is a Rose, Houston 11/11/76
22.Sugar Mountain, 11/24/76 L

Joel Bernstein worked with Neil Young as a photographer and as his musical archivist. He compiled soundboard recordings of his favorite performances from Neil’s acoustic sets in November 1976. These recordings have been widely distributed for a long time — I believe they first appeared on vinyl under the title “Last Plane Outta Here.” (Vinyl is NOT the source of what I have here.) Most Young collectors have these recordings, but most of them have the version taken from the bootleg titled “Acoustic Young,” which is missing two of the 22 songs: “Heart of Gold” and “A Man Needs a Maid.” Here I’ve used the 20 tracks from “Acoustic Young” and inserted the missing songs in the original correct running order. Those two songs are take from the “River of Pride” bootleg, which I think has slightly lower sound quality compared with “AY,” though you may not notice it.

I’ve equalized the volume because the stuff was taken from two sources. Note that although these are soundboard recordings, they are not direct from the master. The tapes were passed around between friends until someone finally bootleged them. I consider the sound to be excellent for a bootleg — especially one from 1976 — though it’s not official-release quality. It’s a very enjoyable disc, and I consider it to be an essential part of a good Neil Young collection.

Artwork is included.

One Response to “Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Neil Young - The Complete Joel Bernstein Tapes”

  1. Mark Says:

    Thanks for this great collection of acoustic Neil!

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