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Albums Of The Week: Neil Young | Young Shakespeare

Shakey unearths another steller vintage acoustic show from his voluminous archive.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Just two months after the release of his seminal After The Gold Rush, Neil Young sat down for a performance at The Shakespeare Theater on Jan. 22, 1971. The Stratford, CT show captures the artist stripped down to the bare essentials — acoustic guitar, piano, and harmonica.

The concert was recorded for presentation on German TV later that year but was not publicly available until now. The original 50-year-old analog tapes have been lovingly restored, making available early acoustic recordings of two After The Gold Rush songs, early Harvest tunes, and beloved favorites such as Ohio, Cowgirl In The Sand, Helpless, Down By The River and Sugar Mountain.

Young wrote that Young Shakespeare is, “a more calm performance, without the celebratory atmosphere of Massey Hall, captured live on 16mm. Young Shakespeare is a very special event. To my fans, I say this is the best ever…one of the most pure-sounding acoustic performances we have in the archive.”