Music recorded on last year’s acclaimed tour.
By Uncle Blurt
A live Neil Young album, Earth, recorded last year with Promise of the Real backing the musician, is due June 17. Young’s official press release indicated it would feature “sounds of the earth, such as city sounds like car horns, sounds of insects, and animal sounds from bears, birds, crickets, bees, horses, cows – creating a very strange, yet beautiful atmosphere. Ninety-eight uninterrupted minutes long, EARTH flows as a collection of 13 songs from throughout my life, songs I have written about living here on our planet together. Our animal kingdom is well represented in the audience as well, and the animals, insects, birds, and mammals actually take over the performances of the songs at times.”
Don’t worry fans—Young doesn’t play the See & Say on the album, just guitar and piano. And that is indeed a rock band backing him up.
Meanwhile, in anticipation of the official album, some devoted fans have created their own live album from the same tour. According to Big O, this “Rebel Tour 2015 Compilation” comprises “versions from the Rebel Content tour, of the tracks announced to appear on the forthcoming Earth album, but without any of the overdubs that they will have on the album. At this point we don’t know what shows the tracks on Earth come from, so these will likely be different from those.”
The backstory: We are advised that on “Tom Zumafan” and “Soldier Steve” had created a 6-CD compilation from the tour: “It wasn’t widely circulated or publicised but it existed… [They have now] remastered the original with the objective of turning it into six continuous live albums. Tracks have been edited and merged from the individual files to make it sound like one long concert. Some of the original cuts were changed for different versions that lent themselves better to track-to-track transition, and the original order of the tracks was also changed in places to make them fit together better. Every song played on the tour is covered here bar one, Rockin’ In The Free World… it was played twice but no decent recordings have surfaced unfortunately. To quote a Neil song from 1985, nothing is perfect and what has been created is only as good as all of the source material.
Check the above link for MP3s comprising the audience-sourcednon-overdub 2-CD distillation of the 6-CD version. Included is downloadable artwork as well. Below is the tracklsting and sources for each track.