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Neil Young “Live At the Cellar Door” 1970 Now Available

Neil Young “Live At The Cellar Door” 1970 is Now Available.

In Late November/ early December 1970 a 25-year-old Neil Young played a six-night stand in Washington, D.C.’s, cozy Cellar Door nightclub: just the singer, his guitar and his piano.  Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young had broken up earlier that year and he was riding the success of his third solo album, After the Gold Rush. He had been on the road for two years touring full time up until the summer of 1970. That’s when he began writing material for his new album.

Neil Young Live at the Cellar Door

Neil Young Live at the Cellar Door

He had the famous Carnegie Hall show booked in December of that year as well, so he used the shows at the Cellar Door to work out his new songs live. Both nights were acoustic and recorded live. Bootlegs have been going around for years of these shows, but this is the first time an authentic quality recording has been released of it. Hard to believe it’s been almost 45 years since this fabulous music was written.

Tomorrow, Tuesday December 10th it will be released on CD and Young’s favorite, 180-gram vinyl. It starts with an aw-shucksy “Hi folks” and then three of five Goldrush songs he’ll perform, alternating between guitar and piano. The set list is full of classics from Buffalo Springfield
like “Flying on the Ground Is Wrong” and  “I Am a Child”. Added to that were his new songs like “After the Goldrush” and “Tell My Why.” You can also hear him play “Cinnamon Girl” on piano for one of the very few times in his long career. These shows also marked the live debuts of “Old Man” and “See the Sky About to Rain.”