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A Treasure


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Label: Reprise
Released: 14 June 2011

A Treasure is the 9th volume in Neil Young’s Archives Performance series, though it is only the 6th of the series that has been properly released. Comprised in this volume are performances culled from his ’84-’85 tours with six of the twelve being original songs and the other six, fantastic interpretations of many Neil Young classics like “Are You Ready for the Country?”, “Motor City” and the Buffalo Springfield song “Flying on the Ground is Wrong”.

Not only for Neil Young completists but for anyone interested in how country-rock manifested itself in the mid-eighties when the pressures of the synthesizer and saxophone were too great for many of the 60s and 70s generation to resist (including Neil Young himself). Truly a testament to the crazy genius that is Neil Young.

Recommended Tracks:
Amber Jean (1) an original about Neil Young’s daughter is the highlight of the album for me.

Grey Riders (12) another original with a driving beat, captivating strings and guitar licks that Neil Young just shreds on

Flying on the Ground is Wrong (6) a laid back and contemplative song originally written for Buffalo Springfield by Neil Young but this is the first time he has sung it
Reviewed by Devon Cunningham

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