Neil Young has never had a problem treating fans to material that he hasn’t yet released. Mind you, “treating” may not be the right word in some instances. In 1973 he played all of the great, but unarguably bleak and then unreleased, Tonight’s The Night on tour. The idiosyncratic rocker assured restless fans he would eventually get round to playing something they’d heard before—and then proved himself (technically) true to his word by blasting out the album’s title track again at the end. Audience reaction, needless to say, was mixed.
One suspects fans were happier at Young’s solo acoustic shows in 1992 when the singer-songwriter debuted material from his forthcoming Harvest Moon, a collection that found him in acoustically-inclined, country-rock, mood and a much more immediately accessible work than Tonight’s the Night. Young’s new release, Dreamin’ Man Live ’92, essentially offers a live, stripped-back, version of Harvest Moon made up of recordings culled from those shows. The CD, which is part of the Archives Performance Series, is released on December 8, but you can hear an exclusive stream of the mellow, melancholic, “One of These Days” below.
Did you see Neil perform in 1992? Or in 1973? In fact, if you’ve ever seen the man in the flesh and have a tale to tell, let us know!
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