Neil Young - Songs For Judy [2LP] (new live 1976 acoustic album)

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Live Performances From 1976 On Double LP!

Songs For Judy is the debut release on Shakey Pictures Records, Young’s own imprint distributed by Reprise Records. Includes solo acoustic renditions of "Heart of Gold", "The Needle and The Damage Done", and "After The Gold Rush". The collection also includes one song, "No One Seems To Know", which hasn't appeared before on any official release.

Songs For Judy is a thoroughly engaging collection of live acoustic performances culled from Neil's November 1976 solo tour and features twenty-two songs recorded at various cities along the tour. This song cycle of live recordings is particularly powerful and unique. Young had spent much of the year traveling around the world on tour with Crazy Horse. When touring on his own, he recharged and focused on songs that would not surface in recorded form for several years. 

The raw versions of the tracks found on Songs For Judy reflect an artist completely unvarnished and unafraid to allow the songs to breath and to find their own shape when performed in a solo setting. Songs written in that era would come into focus and then seemingly disappear only to re-enter Young's orbit somewhere down the road. "White Line" and "Give Me Strength" are such examples of finding the light in 1990 and 2017 respectively. It's also fascinating to hear Young revisit early gems such as Springfield's "Mr. Soul" ('67), "Here We Are In The Years" ('68), and "The Losing End" ('69) from some of his earliest solo recordings which remain as timeless as ever.

Features:
• Double LP
• Gatefold jacket

Selections:
Side 1:

1. Songs For Judy Intro
2. Too Far Gone
3. No One Seems To Know
4. Heart Of Gold
5. White Line
6. Love Is A Rose
7. After The Gold Rush
Side 2:
1.Human Highway
2. Tell Me Why
3. Mr. Soul
4. Mellow My Mind
5. Give Me Strength
6. A Man Needs A Maid
Side 3:
1. Roll Another Number
2. Journey Through The Past
3. Harvest
4. Campaigner
5. Old Laughing Lady
Side 4:
1. The Losing End
2. Here We Are In The Years
3. The Needle And The Damage Done
4. Pocahontas
5. Sugar Mountain

2018 Reprise

12/14/18