Treasure

Treasure

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by Neil Young
     
 

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The twelve-track live album, A Treasure, includes songs -- five of which are previously unreleased -- recorded during Young's 1984 and 1985 U.S. tours. A Treasure features Young's onstage work with some of the greatest artists in the history of country music, including the late, great Ben Keith on steel and slide guitar and Rufus Thibodeaux on fiddle,See more details below

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The twelve-track live album, A Treasure, includes songs -- five of which are previously unreleased -- recorded during Young's 1984 and 1985 U.S. tours. A Treasure features Young's onstage work with some of the greatest artists in the history of country music, including the late, great Ben Keith on steel and slide guitar and Rufus Thibodeaux on fiddle, along with living legends Spooner Oldham, and Hargus "Pig" Robbins on piano, Tim Drummond, and Joe Allen on bass, Anthony Crawford on mandolin & guitars, and Karl Himmel on drums, among many others. A Treasure is Young's first release since 2010's Grammy and Juno Award-winning album, Le Noise.

The live album captures this iconic artist during a fascinating time in his career, when he was facing criticism and lawsuits from his then record company for exploring a more traditionally country sound. "You can call me erratic," Young said when asked at the time about his tendency toward musical shape-shifting, "but I've been consistent about it, consistently erratic." A Treasure is akin to a sonic time capsule, instantly transporting the listener to the time and place when it was made. "I love this record," Young says. "I hadn't heard these takes in 25 years, but when we unearthed them co-producer Ben Keith said, ‘This is a treasure.'"

Part of what makes A Treasure so compelling is the musical contributions of The International Harvesters, with whom Young was playing at the time. Many of them were already paragons within the country music world and their notoriety has only grown in the years since. "I just love to hear those guys," Young says. "They're all country music legends." Those behind the scenes also made significant contributions to A Treasure's sonic potency. Tim Mulligan mixed and mastered the tracks. At the time these songs were recorded, Bob Sterne was the tour manager, Tim Foster ran the stage, and Larry Cragg was in charge of the band's instruments.

A Treasure will be released in several formats, including standard CD, two vinyl versions, and as a deluxe CD/Blu-ray package. The Blu-ray version features a curated selection of video that lends context and imagistic power to the tracks. "I like to look at these old live videos and listen to what I think are the best versions of these songs," Young says. "It's fun to see what we looked like when we were playing it then." From the Label

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/14/2011
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624957935
catalogNumber:
527650
Rank:
42362

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Tracks

  1. Amber Jean  -  Neil Young & the International Harvesters
  2. Are You Ready For the Country?  -  Neil Young & the International Harvesters
  3. It Might Have Been  -  Neil Young & the International Harvesters
  4. Bound For Glory  -  Neil Young & the International Harvesters
  5. Let Your Fingers Do The Walking  -  Neil Young & the International Harvesters
  6. Flying on the Ground is Wrong  -  Neil Young & the International Harvesters
  7. Motor City  -  Neil Young & the International Harvesters
  8. Soul of a Woman  -  Neil Young & the International Harvesters
  9. Get Back to the Country  -  Neil Young & the International Harvesters
  10. Southern Pacific  -  Neil Young & the International Harvesters
  11. Nothing is Perfect  -  Neil Young & the International Harvesters
  12. Grey Riders  -  Neil Young & the International Harvesters

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Neil Young   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Rufus Thibodeaux   Fiddle
Matraca Berg   Background Vocals
Tracy Nelson   Background Vocals
Ben Keith   Vocals
Anthony Crawford   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals
Tim Drummond   Bass
Spooner Oldham   Piano
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Joe Allen   Bass
Karl T. Kimmel   Drums

Technical Credits

Neil Young   Composer,Producer
Ben Keith   Producer
Joel Bernstein   Inside Photo
Gary Burden   Art Direction
Tim Mulligan   Engineer,Mastering
Jeff Peterson   Engineer
Elliot Roberts   Direction
Jenice Heo   Art Direction
Ronnie Green   Composer
Harriet Kane   Composer
Hannah Johnson   Cover Photo,Back Cover Photo
Terry Farris   Engineer
Scott Benarde   Critic
Ron Farnsworth   Cover Art

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