Bluenote Café, Neil Young and the Blue Notes

Rating: 100%

Neilyoungbluenote.jpgIn 2015, as part of Neil Young’s  Archives Performance Series released Bluenote Café. This is a two CD live performance of Neil Young and the Blue Notes in late 1987 through mid 1988.

This is one of my favorite Neil Young live albums. It is full of the Chicago Blues sound and classic Neil Young guitar. The song selection for this CD is great. It features some of the music from his past such as the almost 20 minute jam session of “Tonight’s the Night”, and the future “Freedom” album track “Crime in the City.” The album features most of the songs from his “This Note is for You” album which is what this live performance is supporting.

Musically, this album showcases the talent that Neil Young has not only as a songwriter, but as a musician as well. Although, you never know what Neil Young you’re going to get when he releases an album, but this project worked out well for him. The sound quality is suburb. Neil’s playing is great. He demonstrates that he can play just about anything on his guitar from Grunge, Folk, Rock, Country, to the Blues. This album does feature members of Crazy Horse, but their sound is place far into the background to as a rhythm section. But this allows the brass section to be heard more to the front of Neil’s solid bluesy sound.

Track listing:

Disc 1
“Welcome to the Big Room” (Recorded on location at Mountain View Theater, Mountain View, California – 11/7/87)
“Don’t Take Your Love Away From Me” (The Fillmore, San Francisco, California – 11/12/87)
“This Note’s for You” (The Palace, Hollywood, CA – 4/13/88)
“Ten Men Workin'” (The World, New York City, New York – 4/18/88)
“Life in the City” (The World, New York City, New York – 4/18/88)
“Hello Lonely Woman” (The World, New York City, New York – 4/18/88)
“Soul of a Woman” (The World, New York City, New York – 4/18/88)
“Married Man” (The World, New York City, New York – 4/21/88)
“Bad News Comes to Town” (Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, Ohio – 4/23/88)
“Ain’t It the Truth” (Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, Ohio – 4/23/88)
“One Thing” (Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, Ohio – 4/23/88)
“Twilight” (Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, Ohio – 4/23/88)
Disc 2
“I’m Goin'” (CNE, Toronto, Ontario, Canada – 8/18/88)
“Ordinary People” (Lake Compounce, Bristol, Connecticut – 8/23/88)
“Crime in the City” (Jones Beach, Wantagh, New York – 8/27/88)
“Crime of the Heart” (Pier 84, New York City, New York – 8/30/88)
“Welcome Rap” (Pier 84, New York City, New York – 8/30/88)
“Doghouse” (Pier 84, New York City, New York – 8/30/88)
“Fool for Your Love” (Pier 84, New York City, New York – 8/30/88)
“Encore Rap” (Pier 84, New York City, New York – 8/30/88)
“On the Way Home” (Poplar Creek Music Theatre, Hoffman Estates, Illinois – 8/16/88)
“Sunny Inside” (Pier 84, New York City, New York – 8/30/88)
“Tonight’s the Night” (Pier 84, New York City, New York – 8/30/88)

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