Neil Young – London, England (02/27/71)

Neil Young
Royal Festival Hall
London, England,
February 27, 1971

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On The Way Home
Tell Me Why
Old Man
Journey Through The Past
Cowgirl In The Sand
The Bridge
The Loner
Don’t Let It Bring You Down
See The Sky About To Rain
Out On The Weekend
I Am A Child
Love In Mind
Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Heart of Gold
A Man Needs A Maid
The Needle And The Damage Done
Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing
Dance, Dance, Dance
Expecting to Fly

Source 1:

Source: 1st gen > DAT > flac

Source 2:

Source: SBD>???>bootleg ‘London 71’>CD-Rs>EAC>SHN>FLAC

Review from the Old Grey Cat:

It says something about his confidence in himself that at this February 27th, 1971 solo
concert Neil included 11 new songs among a 20-song set. Or is that 21-song set? According
to Johnny Rogan’s book The Visual Documentary, “Flying on the Ground Is Wrong” was also
performed that night but, alas, it’s not included here.

What is here, however, is pure genius. Presenting himself in the singer-songwriter mode then
in vogue, Neil shapes a delicate and incisive set for an appreciative–and quiet–audience.
Compare this set to, say, later solo Neil, and what comes across most is the slow dissolve of
innocence and the dwelling on the down and dour; but, of course, that “dissolve” is the
domain (primarily) of the young, and here it’s captured by one of the best equipped
chroniclers of such stuff in the arts today. It doesn’t matter, really, how rich or poor you
are, whether you’re a rock star or a kid just out for a good time–eventually, life catches
up to you.

Typical for a Neil show, highlights abound: “Journey Through the Past” and a drop-dead,
beautiful “Love in Mind” are two such moments. Quite a few songs that eventually surfaced on
Harvest are also presented minus that album’s MOR-ish sheen. Shorn of embellishments,
“Old Man,” “Out on the Weekend,” “Heart of Gold,” “A Man Needs a Maid,” “Harvest” and
“The Needle & the Damage Done” come across as what they, in truth, are: songs from a young
man’s soul.

The sound quality is stellar throughout, with a minimum of hiss and audience noise. Even the
most novice fan would/should enjoy it. (A)

seeded by mrz

Source 3:

Released by SILVER SHADOW CD9102

Source 4:

No info given. Probably the Silver Shadow bootleg.

Source 5:

Analog AUD master > 3rd Gen. Cassette > DAT > Wav > Soundforge 6.0 > CD Wave > CD > EAC > Wav > Soundforge 6.0 > CD Wave > FLAC

I love this performance, early 70s solo Neil at his peak. One of his best concerts and a fabulous audience recording !
I’ve traded this show in various formats throughout the years and was NEVER satisfied with it.
Usually, the pitch was way off, I’ve seen and heard versions both too slow and too fast.
The last one I got was grabbed from another tracker, excellent pitch work but, alas, some of the
hilarious between-tune banter was cut from the original BootCD source used for that torrent.
Aditionally, the sound [in my opinion] was not quite as excellent as one would have hoped for.
So I went back to my old DAT I’ve received about 10 years ago, described by my usually well informed trading-partner
as coming from a 3rd generation cassette. I’ve had already started to work on this a couple of years ago but now I’ve
finished it in a long, exhausting session, painstakingly removing about 50 tiny spots of static, some of which are on the other
versions as well, some are unique to this transfer. I just hope I’ve found them all …
% indicates a break in recording, likely on the master.
I left most of the microphone bumps etc. untouched, just cut out one or two that were really disturbing and could be removed
without interfering with the musical content. The original DAT ran a bit too fast so I had to re-pitch it completely, with results
very similar as that recent torrent. Otherwise, I did not harm the sound of this fantastic audience recording in any way.
Naturally, there is some tape hiss but I’ve heard much worse. Here’s hoping that one of these days, we’ll get this straight from the master.
No re-mastering, eq’ing etc. was ‘performed’ and if you wish to do so, do it for your own pleasure in your hobby room…

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