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Albums Of The Week: Neil Young + Promise Of The Real | Noise & Flowers

Backed by his most versatile and dependable band this side of Crazy Horse, NY pays tribute to his late manager with an engaging, energized live set of hits & highlights.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Neil Young + Promise Of The Real’s new live album and concert film Noise & Flowers captures the group in all their glory on their 2019 European tour.

The 14-song album features music from a nine-date tour that began just two weeks after Young’s lifetime friend and manager of more than 50 years, Elliot Roberts, passed away at the age of 76. Performing alongside a photograph of Roberts taped to his road case, Young approached each show as a celebratory memorial service to honour his late friend. It’s a trek the legendary singer-songwriter described as “wondrous.”

In the album’s liner notes, Young says, “Playing in his memory (made it) one of the most special tours ever. We hit the road and took his great spirit with us into every song. This music belongs to no one. It’s in the air. Every note was played for music’s great friend, Elliot.”

In paying tribute to the manager who guided Young’s career for over a half-century, Noise & Flowers explores all corners of his vast discography. It balances all-timer anthems (Mr. Soul, Helpless, Rockin’ in the Free World) with rarely aired ’70s deep cuts (Field of Opportunity, On the Beach) and ’90s gems (From Hank to Hendrix, Throw Your Hatred Down). His frequent backing band since 2015, Promise of the Real effectively bridge the extremes in Young’s sound, infusing his raging rockers and country serenades with their casual brilliance and telepathic intuition. The companion film (directed by Bernard Shakey and dhlovelife) emphasizes both the intimacy and ecstasy of these performances.

Noise & Flowers is entry No. PS 21 in the Neil Young Archives Performance Series of live releases — a special addition to a robust and still-growing catalogue.”