Songs for Judy

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Songs for Judy
NeilYoung SongsforJudy.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedNovember 30, 2018
RecordedNovember 6–24, 1976 (various venues)
GenreFolk rock
Length79:14
LabelShakey Pictures Records
ProducerJoel Bernstein, Cameron Crowe, David Briggs and Neil Young
Neil Young chronology
Roxy: Tonight's the Night Live
(2018)
Songs for Judy
(2018)
Tuscaloosa
(2019)
Archives Performance Series chronology
PS06:

(TBA)
PS07:
Songs for Judy

(2018)
PS08:

(TBA)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork8.0/10[2]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[3]

Songs for Judy is a live album by Canadian / American musician Neil Young, released on November 30, 2018 on Shakey Pictures Records. It is Volume 07 in the Performance Series of Neil Young Archives. The album features recordings from Young's solo acoustic sets during the November 1976 United States tour with Crazy Horse.[4]

Background[edit]

Joel Bernstein, whom Young brought on tour as a guitar tech, recorded the shows directly from the PA feed to a cassette desk for personal listening. Together with his friend Cameron Crowe they compiled and sequenced a set of the best performances; a copy of this tape was later stolen and began to circulate among fans as The Joel Bernstein Tapes bootleg.[5] The album features the same performances as the original compilation, with multitrack mixes replacing Bernstein's cassette recordings where possible; unlike the original compilation, songs are set in chronological order of performance dates.

A number of songs performed on the tour were unreleased at the time, including "Too Far Gone" and "White Line" which would appear in studio form years later on Freedom (1989) and Ragged Glory (1990), respectively, and "Give Me Strength" (originally from the aborted 1975 album Homegrown), which was featured on 2017 archival release Hitchhiker. The song "No One Seems to Know" makes its first appearance on any official Neil Young release.

The name Songs for Judy originates from Young's story (told in the album introduction) about hallucinating during one of the shows and seeing Judy Garland in the orchestra pit.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Neil Young.

No.TitleRecording Date and Location[7]Length
1."Songs for Judy Intro"November 6, 1976, Balch Fieldhouse, Boulder, CO3:25
2."Too Far Gone"November 6, 1976, Balch Fieldhouse, Boulder, CO3:15
3."No One Seems to Know"November 7, 1976, Balch Fieldhouse, Boulder, CO2:29
4."Heart of Gold"November 10, 1976, Tarrant County Convention Center, Fort Worth, TX2:53
5."White Line"November 10, 1976, Tarrant County Convention Center, Fort Worth, TX2:45
6."Love Is a Rose"November 11, 1976, The Summit, Houston, TX2:20
7."After the Gold Rush"November 11, 1976, The Summit, Houston, TX4:15
8."Human Highway"November 14, 1976, Dane County Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Madison, WI3:04
9."Tell Me Why"November 15, 1976, Auditorium Theater, Chicago, IL3:34
10."Mr. Soul"November 20, 1976, Palladium, New York, NY3:06
11."Mellow My Mind"November 20, 1976, Palladium, New York, NY2:30
12."Give Me Strength"November 20, 1976, Palladium, New York, NY (Late show)3:26
13."A Man Needs a Maid"November 20, 1976, Palladium, New York, NY (Late show)4:54
14."Roll Another Number (for the Road)"November 22, 1976, Music Hall, Boston, MA (Late show)2:22
15."Journey Through the Past"November 22, 1976, Music Hall, Boston, MA (Late show)3:17
16."Harvest"November 22, 1976, Music Hall, Boston, MA (Late show)2:42
17."Campaigner"November 22, 1976, Music Hall, Boston, MA (Late show)3:30
18."Old Laughing Lady" (includes "Guilty Train")November 24, 1976, Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA (Early show)5:18
19."The Losing End (When You're on)"November 24, 1976, Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA (Late show)3:52
20."Here We Are in the Years"November 24, 1976, Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA (Late show)3:53
21."The Needle and the Damage Done"November 24, 1976, Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA (Early show)2:27
22."Pocahontas"November 24, 1976, Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA (Late show)3:48
23."Sugar Mountain"November 24, 1976, Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA (Late show)6:08

Personnel[edit]

Engineering and production[edit]

  • Joel Bernstein, Cameron Crowe, David Briggs, Neil Young – production
  • Tracks 1–9, 23:
    • Joel Bernstein – cassette recording
    • Tim Mulligan – original PA mix
  • Tracks 10–22:
    • Dave Hewitt – multitrack recording
    • Phil Gitamer – assistant engineer
  • John Nowland, Tim Mulligan – mixing
  • John Hanlon – post-production
  • Tim Mulligan – mastering (Redwood Digital)
  • Chris Bellman – mastering (Bernie Grundman Mastering)
  • Daryl Hannah – artwork
  • Alex Tenta – design, layout

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Songs for Judy - Neil Young - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  2. ^ Jarnow, Jesse (December 1, 2018). "Neil Young: Songs for Judy". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  3. ^ Brown, David (December 17, 2018). "Review: Neil Young's Latest Archival Release 'Songs for Judy'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  4. ^ "Neil Young to Release 1976 Live Album 'Songs for Judy'". Rollingstone.com. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Some notes about the recordings" by Joel Bernstein and Cameron Crowe; from Songs for Judy liner notes.
  6. ^ Darrow, Chuck. "The guy who curates Neil Young's archives? He's from Cheltenham". Philly.com. The Inquirer. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  7. ^ Neil Young Archives: Songs for Judy