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Albums Of The Week: Neil Young | Dorothy Chandler Pavilion 1971 / Live At Royce Hall / Citizen Kane Jr. Blues (Live At The Bottom Line)

Young gets revenge on bootleggers with his latest batch of vintage live recordings.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Neil Young delivers more rare live recordings from his extensive archives with the Neil Young Official Bootleg Series, which began last autumn with the release of Carnegie Hall 1970.

The three latest instalments in the bootleg series are:

Royce Hall, 1971, which was recorded Jan. 30 on the UCLA campus, and is a solo acoustic gig.

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 1971, which was also a solo acoustic show and the last U.S. show of Young’s 1971 solo tour.

Citizen Kane Jr. Blues (Live at The Bottom Line), which was a surprise set taped at the New York City music club.

Where analog tape exists in Young’s archive, these concerts have been mixed properly, providing much higher quality recordings than have previously existed — Royce Hall 1971 and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion 1971 are from the original analog masters. If no tape exists, the original bootleg has been restored and remastered to bring listeners the best audio experience possible — as was the case with Citizen Kane Jr. Blues (Live at The Bottom Line).

The original bootleg artwork has also been replicated wherever possible, lending each release that treasured collector’s vibe and conjuring the era they were first created in. The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 1971 album cover, for example, features the worn and faded ring of an LP.”