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In the spring of 1990, Neil Young and Crazy Horse recorded at Young's Broken Arrow Ranch in Northern California. The resulting album, 'Ragged Glory', would be released later in the year on September 9th.
On November 13, 1990, Neil and the Horse performed at The Catalyst - the small bar in Santa Cruz, CA, that Neil Young occasionally played in the 1970s, '80s and '90s. The marathon show lasted over 3 hours and featured the band in tremendous form, playing three blistering sets. It would be the first time many of the Ragged Glory songs were played live, and notably featured the first time ''Dangerbird'' would be performed live - 15 years after it was released on Zuma.
The entire show was filmed and recorded by Shakey Picture's LA Johnson and is now being released as a CD, vinyl and DVD as ''Way Down In The Rust Bucket'' - #11.5 in Neil Young's Performance Series.
Way Down In The Rust Bucket is being released on February 26, 2021 as a 4 LP vinyl box set, a 2 CD set and a deluxe edition box set containing a DVD of the concert, plus 4 LPs and 2 CDs. At a later date a stand-alone DVD will also be released at NYA - Young's Archive website, neilyoungarchives.com.
...[F]or those who consider the joyous stomp of Neil Young & Crazy Horse rock & roll comfort food at its best, this is a feast to savor, a long and rollicking celebration of the pleasures of turning up the amps and inviting in the spirit.
This is a joyous record, where even the melancholy epics 'Like a Hurricane' and 'Cortez the Killer' skirt sadness. Crazy Horse lumber toward bliss, goosed along by a leader who seems so enraptured by his own solos he doesn't want to break the spell. Context also gives these seemingly endless workouts a different vibe. They're surrounded by garage rockers and reconstituted anthems of the counterculture, songs designed to be played and heard in a communal setting. For a dirty, grungy rock'n'roll band, there's no better place to hold communion than the local pub, where the separation between artist and audience can be so thin, it may as well be nonexistent. Maybe that's why Way Down in the Rust Bucket feels transcendent: It captures the world's greatest bar band in their spiritual home.
- Numbered, Limited Edition
- Deluxe Box Set
- DVD of the concert
- Neil Young Archives Performance Series
- Live from the Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA, November 13, 1990
- 19 tracks, 3 blistering sets
- First live performances of Ragged Glory songs
- Mastered from original analog tapes
- Box with lift-off lid
- Textured artwork on front and back of box
- Made in Germany
- Country Home
- Surfer Joe And Moe The Sleaze
- Love To Burn
- Days That Used To Be
- Bite The Bullet
- Cinnamon Girl
- Farmer John
- Over And Over
- Danger Bird
- Don't Cry No Tears
- Sedan Delivery
- Roll Another Number (For The Road)
- F*!#in' Up
- Mansion On The Hill
- Like A Hurricane
- Love And Only Love
- Cortez The Killer