Neil Young – A Treasure (2011)

“You can call me erratic,” Young said “but I’ve been consistent about it, consistently erratic.” This is a Live country album recorded with legendary band, The International Harvesters, on the tour in THE U.S. in 1984-1985, and contains five previously unreleased songs. Young says. “I hadn’t heard these takes in 25 years, but when we unearthed them co-producer Ben Keith said, ‘This is a treasure.’” Tim Mulligan mixed and mastered the tracks. At the time these songs were recorded, Bob Sterne was the tour manager, Tim Foster ran the stage, and Larry Cragg was in charge of the band’s instruments. Part of “The Neil Young Archives” which are divided into several series, “A Treasure” is “Volume 09” from the “Performance Series”.
In that period of his career he was facing criticism and lawsuits from his then current record company for exploring a more traditionally country sound. A Treasure features Young’s onstage work with some of the greatest artists in the history of country music, including the late, great Ben Keith on steel and slide guitar and Rufus Thibodeaux on fiddle, along with living legends Spooner Oldham and Hargus “Pig” Robbins on piano, Tim Drummond and Joe Allen on bass, Karl Himmel on drums, Anthony Crawford on guitar, banjo and mandolin among many others.
I’m not into country music, but Neil Young rocks anyway. He’s truly one of the kind.

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