Neil Young Unveils Official Bootleg Series of Live Concerts

'Carnegie Hall 1970'
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Neil Young, no stranger to releasing music from his voluminous vaults, has announced a new initiative: the Official Bootleg Series, to chronicle rare and unreleased shows from across his career.

The first volume in the series, Carnegie Hall 1970, features the folk-rock icon in his first-ever appearance at the legendary Manhattan concert hall on Dec. 7, 1970 - just months after the release of Young's third solo album, After the Gold Rush. Bootleggers have traded Young's second set, which began at midnight on the next day - but this release, mixed and edited from the original multi-track tapes in 2020, hasn't been heard by anyone, and Neil considers it "far superior."

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The set will be available on two LPs or two CDs on Oct. 1. And it's the first in a planned series of releases. with shows planned from 1971, 1973, 1974 and 1977 (the latter being a club gig with a short-lived live band called The Ducks). Young has also been reportedly at work on a new album with stalwart band Crazy Horse, and last week announced he would not perform at the latest Farm Aid festival over COVID-19 concerns.

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