Sunday, November 24, 2013

40 Year Itch: Lost in the Cartoon

 In November of 1973, Neil Young was treating fans to a preview of most of the new songs that wouldn't appear on record for another two years. But what a record! Recorded for the most part on August 26, 1973 ,Tonight's The Night is mostly a dark album by an artist grieving the deaths of Crazy Horse's Danny Whitten and Young's friend and roadie Bruce Berry, overshadowing some lighter moments about partying and the birth of Neil's son. Reprise, Neil's label, was too scared to release it so it became the third entry of the bummed-out Ditch Trilogy. 

Nils and Neil

    Onstage Neil's got Nils Lofgren playing guitar, piano ( that's his stunning guitar solo on "Speaking Out") , and accordian; Ben Keith on pedal steel and piano; and Crazy Horse regulars Ralph Molina (drums) and Billy Talbot ( bass). The entire Manchester, England concert on  November 3, 1973 is available from our friends at Aquarium Drunkard .

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