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."
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.