Monday, March 29, 2021

Neil Young shares 1971 performance of Helpless

Neil Young is sharing video of a performance of “Helpless” from his newly-released 1971 solo concert recording and film, “Young Shakespeare.”

Written by the rocker and originally recorded by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young on their 1970 album, “Déjà Vu”, the tune is among a dozen songs Young delivered at the Shakespeare Theater in Stratford, CT while on tour in support of “After The Gold Rush.”

The event took place just three days after a legendary show at Toronto’s Massey Hall (released officially in 2007).

“[Producer] John Hanlon and I both feel Shakespeare is superior to our beloved Massey Hall,” explains Young. “A more calm performance, without the celebratory atmosphere of Massey Hall, captured live on 16mm film. Young Shakespeare is a very special event. To my fans, I say this is the best ever. Young Shakespeare is the performance of that era. Personal and emotional, for me, it defines that time.”

Recorded for broadcast on German TV, the footage has not been made publicly available until now.

“Young Shakespeare” is available on vinyl, CD while a stand-alone DVD of the concert will be available exclusively through The Greedy Hand Store at Neil Young Archives.

A Deluxe Box Set Edition includes vinyl, CD, and the DVD, while fans who purchase the CD, LP or Box set from the NYA Greedy Hand Store will also receive free hi-res digital audio downloads from the Xstream Store at NYA.

Neil Young
“Young Shakespeare”

Release date: March 26

01. Tell Me Why
02. Old Man
03. The Needle And The Damage Done
04. Ohio
05. Dance Dance Dance
06. Cowgirl In The Sand
07. A Man Needs A Maid/Heart Of Gold
08. Journey Through The Past
09. Don’t Let It Bring You Down
10. Helpless
11. Down By The River
12. Sugar Mountain

See also:

Neil Young and Crazy Horse stream 1975 rarity Born To Run
Neil Young and Crazy Horse stream 1990 performance of Mansion On The Hill
Neil Young previews Young Shakespeare live release
Neil Young previews new 1990 live package with Crazy Horse
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