Neil Young's archives are overflowing. Two weeks ago, the folk-rock icon announced a box set collecting a few '80s albums (and a rare EP); last week, he announced three entries in his recently launched Official Bootleg Series.
The titles, available on CD May 6 and vinyl about a month later on June 3, will comprise two shows from his solo acoustic tour of 1971: one recorded at Royce Hall at UCLA in January - featuring a performance of "The Needle and the Damage Done" that ended up on Young's acclaimed Harvest later that year - and the tour-closing performance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. This batch of titles is rounded out by a "surprise" set, the fan favorite Citizen Kane Jr. (Live at The Bottom Line), recorded in New York City in 1974. The two solo acoustic shows are mixed from original analog tapes, while Citizen Kane Jr. is a true bootleg, restored from an original cassette recording.
These releases mark the third, fourth and fifth entries in Young's "Official Bootleg Series," which kicked off in 2021 with a 1970 acoustic show at Carnegie Hall. Young has discussed plans for an initial collection of six or seven entries in the series, including a 1973 performance with The Santa Monica Flyers, the band assembled for that year's Tonight's the Night.
Pre-orders for each title are now live.