Neil Young and the Stray Gators
February 8, 1973
master audience tape > CD
1: on the way home 3:57
2: here we are in the years 3:26
3: L.A. 4:29
4: after the gold rush 4:51
5: out on the weekend 5:18
6: harvest (with band introductions) 6:21
7: old man 5:06
8: heart of gold 4:47
9: the loner 5:01
10: new mama 4:12
11: time fades away (spliced, tape flip) 6:51
12: Lookout Joe 3:45
13: Alabama 4:55
14: don’t be denied (minor speed variation problems) 7:21
15: cinnamon girl (minor speed variation problems in the middle, then gets gradually faster as it goes) 4:33
16: southern man (speed variation problems) 8:08
17: are you ready for the country? 5:21
18: last dance 7:37
Neil Young: vocals, acoustic guitar
Ben Keith: steel guitar
Jack Nitzche: piano
Tim Drummond: bass
Kenny Buttrey: drums
audience master tape (recorded by barndoggs) >
CD > CD extractor (wav) > flac (sb’s aligned) > torrentially yours.
Do not sell this recording.
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(from barndoggs master tape, uncirculated for 30+ years.)
there are a few problems with this tape. I was sitting in a front aisle seat,and you can hear alot of talking in the 1st song. the people next to me were real pissed because people were standing in the aisle and wouldn’t sit down. security soon remedied that. From don’t be denied on there are some speed problems in the recording, I think due to a faulty tape, since the batteries were new.
most of this recording sounds pretty consistent, but it goes south (further south than in “southern man”) starting with don’t be denied. the last two songs don’t sound too bad, but tracks 14 and 15 have some variation, and the worst of it is in southern man.
the folks in Lynyrd Skynyrd might be glad about that. they didn’t like that one much. the last two songs may be a little slow, but this could use a speed fix. I was thinking about giving it a try, then decided why mess it up for everybody else even more than it already is? this is basically the “raw files” posting of this show. It’s not as bad as I feared it might be, and most of it sounds okay.
none of it sounds wonderful. this is a 1973 Neil Young audience recording at the Boston Garden, recorded on a primitive portable Sonic Panic? recorder and microphone. so don’t expect it to sound like it was recorded on a Nakamichi recorder. But it is pretty good for what it is, and it is from a master cassette > CD source.
so there is no tape copy lineage of any kind here, no noise reduction,
EQ or shoddy (or otherwise) attempt to fix the speed problem. this appears to be the whole concert. thanks very much to “barndoggs” for recording this Neil show and sharing it with me to share with all of you.
This one is even older than Neil’s jeans worn on current tours. so some of it is mellow, some of it rocks, and all of it’s good old Neil. almost good enough to put this in with “classic” rock. there is another less complete source of this show circulating,but this is likely the first circulation of this recording.