Out today (June 7th) is Neil Young's latest archival release, titled TUSCALOOSA. The album, which was recorded with the Stray Gators on February 5th, 1973 during the Time Fades Away tour at University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, has been issued as a single CD, and a three-sided vinyl album with etched artwork on side four.
Back in January, Young chatted with Rolling Stone about the new set, explaining, “It’s (a concert) from the period right around Harvest and Tonight’s The Night. For me, it’s edgy. It’s like those mellow songs with an edge. It’s really trippy to be down in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and singing those songs from Harvest and the songs that we were doing for Time Fades Away before it came out. I found this thing and it had such a great attitude to it. I just loved the whole night.”
Longtime friend and fan Jimmy Page feels that regardless of the genre he's recording or performing in, with Neil Young's voice, guitar work, and songs, he presents a perfect musical package: “We've all loved Neil Young, probably since the very first time accessing him in the Buffalo Springfield. I do love people that you know who they are straight away — especially with guitar players, as well. You can recognize their guitar playing. To be able to recognize a guitar player — which you do with Neil. I mean, you just know Neil Young's guitar style, and then you know his vocal, and his songs are profound. Y'know, and he's got such a fine, fine body of work that you can do nothing more than just. . . I told it to his face, he's the artist's artist.”
Neil Young will next perform on June 23rd in Pasadena, California at Arroyo Seco Weekend at Brookside Golf Course.