The things people do to their bootleg covers… cut out for the picture label.
Neil Young with the Stray Gators Source: The Scope, Norfolk, VA – 29 January 1973
Side 1: On The Way Home / Here We Are In The Years / After The Goldrush / Out On The Weekend
Side 2: Harvest / Old Man / Heart Of Gold / Time Fades Away / Lookout Joe R: Exm
One of CBM’s finest releases. Hot Wacks commented: “Probably the quickest produced bootleg. It was available from CBM within two weeks of the concerts.”
Review from allmusic.com:
“Anyone listening to Time Fades Away, the collection of all-new songs recorded on Neil Young’s first-quarter 1973 tour of North America, would believe the legend that this was a tour overshadowed by the death of Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten on which Young sang off-key and he and his band played raggedly, if fervently. But a listen to Coming Home, drawn from performances at JFK Center in Washington, D.C., on January 28 and Scope in Norfolk, VA, on January 29, reveals a very different tour. Mostly filled with familiar acoustic-based material that had appeared on Young’s popular After the Gold Rush and Harvest albums, it suggests just the sort of show Young might have been expected to put on in the wake of those hit records. He is a tentative, self-deprecating, but winning frontman, finding it difficult to muster the false showmanship needed to introduce his backup band — “Can’t get this MC trip together,” he confesses. The album does end with the frantic rocker “Time Fades Away” and “Look Out Joe” (later included on Tonight’s the Night, but more timely here, as its coming-home-from-Vietnam theme is keyed to the “end” of the war that had just been announced and was to take effect on the first of the show dates), but the focus is on smooth performances of Harvest songs like “Out on the Weekend” and “Heart of Gold,” which have been neglected on Young’s legitimate live records. “
Coliseum, New Haven, CT – 25 January ’73
That image does look familiar… Ken, knowing a good thing when he hears it.
Reissue on Instant Analysis
Electric/Part 2 of the Norfolk, VA concert [I found no evidence that the albums include material from other shows, as HW claims].
Side 1: ‘the war is over’ / Southern Man / The Loner / Alabama / New Mama / Don’t Be Denied
Side 2: Cinnamon Girl / Are You Ready For The Country?
Notes from an analog to digital project: “Coming Home/A Bit More – Complete Set – Missing some of the in between tune chatter, but not much I think. This is a fresh version that I put together from a mint copy of the vinyl bootleg “Coming Home” (acoustic half of the show), and a decent copy of the vinyl bootleg “A Bit More” (electric half of the show).
Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, TX – 21 February ’73
Neil Young w/ The Stray Gators
29 January 1973
Scope Arena, Norfolk, VA
Bootleg LPs (Coming Home/A Bit More) > WAV > Adobe Audition > FLAC
01. On The Way Home
02. Here We Are In The Years
03. After The Goldrush
04. Out On The Weekend
06. Old Man
07. Heart Of Gold
08. Time Fades Away
09. Lookout Joe
“A Bit More”
10. ‘the war is over’
11. Southern Man
12. The Loner
14. New Mama
15. Don’t Be Denied
16. Cinnamon Girl
17. Are You Ready For The Country?
Notes: The second bootleg was pressed on very bad vinyl, and that’s noticeable in
this recording (especially during Alabama and New Mama).”
“Over three months, Neil Young planned to visit 65 cities and stop for a break at the end of March. The Time Fades Away Tour would resume in August and shift to Europe in November, playing seven shows in the UK. Then back to America to play the final dates in New York, Boston, two shows in Ohio, Chicago and finally in Berkeley.
The Stray Gators lasted only till end March and were replaced by the Santa Monica Flyers for the rest of the tour. It is also well-documented that by March, Young’s voice was shot and he asked Linda Ronstadt, David Crosby and Graham Nash to join him to offer vocal support.
This is also the famous tour where the band asked and received a hefty salary increase. Harvest had become a multi-million seller and the money was rolling in. Young was furious but paid them anyway. Perhaps he felt guilty about the way he had dismissed the late Danny Whitten, with $50 and a plane ticket. Whitten used the money, scored heroin and died of an overdose.
Young had figured correctly. He opened with an acoustic set, playing the ballads from After The Goldrush and Harvest, winning the audience completely and setting the stage for his electric set with the Stray Gators. By then, the crowd was waiting for rock ‘n’ roll and Young delivered some new songs [Time Fades Away, Look Out Joe, New Mama, Don’t Be Denied] with some of his well-loved rockers The Loner, Southern Man and Cinnamon Girl. Everybody went home happy. The critics praised his shows. The only unhappy man was Neil Young – at his band, at his voice and at the audience. According to David Downing’s A Dreamer Of Pictures, Young “found the audiences too loud during his acoustic set, too quiet in the electric portion of the show. He started screaming at them to wake up.” Young was obviously stressed out.
Everything came crashing down at the final show in Oakland, March 31 [The final show of this tour was actually on April 3rd in Salt Lake City]. If you downloaded the Citizen Kane Junior Blues show, you can listen to Young explain how it all ended:
“I was singing away – Southern Man, better keep your head, don’t forget what the good book said – and this guy in the front row, he was about as far away as you are from me, he jumped up and yelled, ‘Right on, right on, I love it!’ He felt really good, I could tell. And all of a sudden, you know, this black cop just walked up to him, you know, and it just was the scene the way he looked at him, and he just crunched him.
“I just took my guitar out and put it on the ground and got in the car and went home…”
Rock ‘n’ roll was not making him happy and Young felt disconnected from his fans. This unhappy period is documented on Time Fades Away, the album. No doubt it remains unreleased because Young wants to forget. It would take the successful 1976 tour with Crazy Horse to lift his spirits and set him in a new direction as a rock ‘n’ roll survivor.
Of all the shows from the ’73 tour, this is one of the best in sound quality. The vocals are upfront and Young sings well. There’s also the rare Here We Are In The Years. The drums and guitars are properly balanced and offer a solid backing to the singing. So is this a professional recording?
This show was taken from a torrent site. According to the seeder, it was copied from a vinyl bootleg, The 1973 Tour, re-pitched and remastered. The sound is excellent for the acoustic portion but is a bit muddy during the electric set. You can hear the clicks and pops here. Quite hissy at loud volumes. Never officially released.”
– Professor Red