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Albums Of The Week: The Ducks | High Flyin’

For seven weeks in 1977, Neil Young & Moby Grape's Bob Mosley led a Santa Cruz bar band. And if these live recordings are anything to go by, they put on one helluva show.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASES: “This previously unreleased live compilation is the first official release by The Ducks — a short-lived Santa Cruz group that Neil Young played with for seven weeks in 1977.

The Ducks featured Neil (guitar, harmonica and vocals), Bob Mosely (bass and vocals), Jeff Blackburn (guitar and vocals) and Johnny Craviotto (drums). Mosely was an original member of Bay Area band Moby Grape; Blackburn had previously fronted his own band and co-wrote Neil’s classic track My My Hey Hey (Out of the Blue).

The band played several shows in Santa Cruz and other California venues during two months in 1977, and this 25-track live album features highlights from those shows. The set lists were very democratic, with each member of the band taking the lead in turn. Five Neil Young songs are showcased, including a rocking version of Mr. Soul, plus beautiful renditions of Are You Ready For The Country, Little Wing, Sail Away and Human Highway.”