While Neil Young remains, arguably, the finest composer of the singer-songwriter generation, he has never been shy in revealing the musicians and songwriters from whom he took most inspiration and by whom he was most reliably informed. It s no secret therefore that Young has always remained a huge Bob Dylan fan, and while, like Bob, Neil performs most readily his own music, when he does choose a cover to perform, there s a good chance it will be one of Dylan s. Likewise, he remains greatly inspired still by his folk-club beginnings on the Canadian folk scene, and thus his favourite tune from those days Four Strong Winds by Ian & Sylvia remains another popular choice to play on occasion. Young is however equally spontaneous and changes his genre of choice with regularity, exploring country music one year, rockabilly another and R&B the next with a dose of computer generated sonic experimentation thrown in for good measure.
Thus we have heard versions of Otis Redding s (Sittin On) The Dock of the Bay , Elvis That s All Right Mama and Don Gibson s Oh Lonesome Me , all rubbing shoulders with Young originals at one time or another during the great man s live career. This CD collects together 16 startlingly original non-originals performed by Neil Young, taken from various FM broadcasts of live concerts recorded between 1970 and 1993.
1. Do You Wanna Dance? (with The Shocking Pinks) 4:292. It Might Have Been (with Crazy Horse) 2:513. Beggars Day 5:174. (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay (with Booker T. & The MGs) 5:225. Everything Is Broken (with Tom Petty) 3:506. Forever Young (with The Grateful Dead) 6:467. Farmer John 3:088. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues (with Booker T. & The MGs) 5:419. Four Strong Winds 5:4710. Hungry Heart (with Bruce Springsteen and Crosby, Stills & Nash) 4:0711. Greensleeves 4:2612. Oh Lonesome Me (with Crazy Horse) 3:4013. All Along The Watchtower (with Booker T. & The MGs) 5:1114. Stranger In Paradise 3:2315. That's Alright Mama (with The Shocking Pinks) 2:1816. On Broadway (with The Restless) 5:24