Bootleg Nation: Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Rolling Zuma Review

While bootlegging may live in a legal gray area, this Neil Young performance might just blow you away.
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Download MP3@320kps:  Part I, Part II
Rolling Zuma Revue

Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan, March 5, 1976 +
Chicago Auditorium, Chicago, IL, November 15, 1976
Liberated Lone Wolf bootleg
Soundboard Recording

CD 1:
1. Heart Of Gold
2. The Old Laughing Lady
3. Journey Through The Past
4. Too Far Gone
5. Give Me Strength
6. The Needle And The Damage Done
7. A Man Needs A Maid
8. Tell Me Why
9. Sugar Mountain
10. Mellow My Mind
11. Only Love Can Break Your Heart
12. No One Seems To Know
13. Country Home
14. Don't Cry No Tears
15. Lotta Love
16. Like A Hurricane

CD 2:
1. Country Home
2. Don't Cry No Tears
3. Peace Of Mind
4. Lotta Love
5. Like A Hurricane
6. After The Gold Rush
7. Are You Ready For The Country
8. Down By The River
9. The Losing End
10. Drive Back
11. Southern Man
12. Cinnamon Girl

Notes: 2 Discs with songs from 1976 tour. Disc One: Tracks 1-9 recorded at the Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, November 15, 1976, late show. Tracks 10-16 recorded at the Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan, March 5, 1976. Disc Two: Tracks 1-7 recorded at the Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, November 15, 1976, late show. Tracks 8-13 recorded at the Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan, March 5, 1976.

Here in the Bootleg Nation in the Blinded by Sound studios we strive to bring you the best in legal, live downloads.  This isn't always easy.  Truth be known bootlegs often live in a sort of legal gray area. Many bands have official policies that allow, or even promote the idea of fans taping and trading their concerts.  A few musicians have official policies stating that you are not allowed to taper their concerts, nor to trade any of their music under any circumstances.  Most musicians, however, have no official policy towards taping or trading at all.  Hence the gray area.

I have been collecting bootlegs for around 15 years.  I have thousands of CDs with hundreds of concerts from over 200 bands.  In my experience I have found that very rarely will a musician try to stop fans from freely trading their bootleg recordings.  When they do care it is almost always because somebody is trying to make money off of those recordings without the artists permission.  Most artists understand that by allowing fans to distribute their concerts recordings free of charge they are not only creating a great deal of good will amongst their fanbase, but creating brand new fans as well.

While most traders understand their side of the bargain (mainly not attempting to make any sort of profit from the thousands of bootlegs available) some are a little less scrupulous and do attempt to sell these bootlegs for a jacked up price.  Just about any music fan can recall seeing these recordings at their local record shop.  With obvious printed-from-home covers these CDs will claim to be rare, or imported, or similarly special and will highlight the hard to come by nature of a live recording from whatever band they are selling. This never fails to sucker some poor schmuck into dropping $50 or more on something they could have easily gotten for free had they poked around the Internet just a little bit.

Luckily, legal bootleggers are on the case and often see fit to take these illegal bootlegs down from the record shelves and into trading circles.  These are then called "liberated bootlegs" as they have been liberated from the shackles of expensive illegality.

Enter Neil Young and these two shows from 1976 - a now liberated bootleg known as the Rolling Zuma Review.  I don't believe Neil Young has an official trading policy, and considering the massive number of shows that are available for trading I suspect he doesn't mind the process at all. 

The two shows are split up so that the acoustic songs all appears at the beginning while all of the electric songs are tucked into the end.  This is exactly the way Neil Young was performing at the time (acoustic first set followed by an electric second set) so it makes sense to combine them in this way.

The performances are solid throughout.  The acoustic set is exactly what you would expect from Neil Young playing alone with just his guitar and occasionally sitting on piano.  The electric bits with Crazy Horse are ragged, but right.  Were you to think about what you would want from a Neil Young concert this bootleg is likely exactly what you'd see (or hear) in your mind.  He plays old songs and brand new ones (well brand new in 1976) and nails pretty much every moment. If there is a negative to say about the show it is that it is almost too much exactly like you'd want it to be.  There really aren't any surprises to be found.  It is, almost to a tee,  a text book Neil Young concert (only a little longer as it is actually two concerts.)

But that's an incredibly minor complaint.  Neil is a master at both the sensitive singer/songwriter bit and the raging, loud guitar hero, and here we get both. 

The highlight of the set is a roaring 12 minute "Like a Hurricane" that howls and yelps and blazes through your ear cavities.  Crazy Horse proves not only why Neil Young has kept them around through his 40 year career but why they still maintain a reputation as one of the hardest rocking groups is the music business. 

I won't tell you this is the finest Neil Young bootleg on the market, but it is a hell of a place to start.