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The following set was posted on AD in 2007 and I had planned on reposting it in early 2008  in conjunction with the release of the first volume of Neil Young’s archives project.  Since then the set was, obviously, pushed back multiple times…and with it, this repost.  So for those who have requested it over the past couple of years, below is part I of Volume I of the Neil Young soundboard-derived live collection, A Perfect Echo, capturing the years 1967-1971.  Part two up next.  For those interested in the back story, here are notes on the series via sharing the groove:

“Braden Strickler has done it again. He’s compiled and lovingly mastered, almost exclusively from soundboard recordings, an 8-DISC SET which runs chronologically from August 1967 to January 2001. It’s like an expanded version of the “Rock ‘n’ Roll Cowboy” concept, but with far superior sound.

This is a compilation of soundboard recordings from 1967-2001. The term soundboard is a bit of a misnomer. By soundboard I mean, basically, not an audience recording. Some are true soundboards, while others are FM, TV, ALD, or video-sourced recordings. The recordings were all taken from CDRs or videos that are circulating in the trading community.

Each track was checked out in Cool Edit with headphones, and may have had some cleanup done to remove any odd clicks, hiss, or other sound quality problems. The volume was set on each track so as to have them at similar volumes. Fades were added at the beginnings and ends of each track, so the tracks don’t segue, for the most part. There are a couple of segues where successive songs were taken from the same concert, so it still needs to be burned DAO. Most of the banter between tracks was removed to make room for more tracks.

There are a total of 115 tracks (109 songs, as 6 get repeated). Some years were heavy with available recordings (1976 and 1989 come to mind). I tried to balance the set by not using too many songs from a single show. The entire 8 discs run in, roughly, chronological order.”

+ Tracks removed per Neil Young’s attorney’s request……

DOWNLOAD:
MP3: MP3: Neil Young :: Birds (CSNY – Los Angeles, CA, 26-Aug-1969)
MP3: Neil Young :: I’ve Loved Her So Long (CSNY – Los Angeles, CA, 26-Aug-1969)
MP3: Neil Young :: Sea Of Madness (CSNY – Big Sur, CA, 13-Sep-1969)
MP3: Neil Young :: Helpless (CSNY – Houston, TX, 18-Dec-1969)
MP3:
Neil Young :: Country Girl (CSNY – Houston, TX, 18-Dec-1969)
MP3: Neil Young :: Broken Arrow (Cincinnati, OH, 25-Feb-1970)
MP3: Neil Young :: Come on Baby Let’s Go Downtown (New York, NY, 6-Mar-1970)
MP3: Neil Young :: Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (New York, NY, 6-Mar-1970)
MP3: Neil Young :: Winterlong (New York, NY, 6-Mar-1970)
MP3: Neil Young :: Cinnamon Girl (New York, NY, 6-Mar-1970)
MP3: Neil Young :: Cowgirl in the Sand (New York, NY, 6-Mar-1970)
MP3: Neil Young :: On The Way Home (CSNY – Los Angeles, CA, 28-Jun-1970)
MP3: Neil Young :: Tell Me Why (CSNY – Los Angeles, CA, 28-Jun-1970)
MP3: Neil Young :: Out On the Weekend (London, England, 23-Feb-1971)
MP3: Neil Young :: Journey through the Past (London, England, 23-Feb-1971)
MP3: Neil Young :: Love In Mind (London, England, 23-Feb-1971)
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13 Responses to “Neil Young :: A Perfect Echo Vol. I – Pt. I”

  1. An amazing set…8 discs, no less

  2. Wow. Just … wow. Thank you so much for posting these. They are absolutely tremendous. Never heard him play “Out on the Weekend” solo before. Incredible.

    Will you be posting the other eight “discs,” so to speak? Can’t wait to see what’s included on the rest.

    Also, this may be a dumb question, but do you know if the songs from the unreleased “Homegrown” album are available anywhere? Thanks again.

  3. Can these be downloaded? If so, how?

  4. @Rusty, im on a Mac, but if you are on a PC you just right-click, save as. You could also use the “Download Them All” freeware if you want to grab em all.

  5. I just emailed you about a 320 version I have of Vol. 1 Part 1. I look forward to hearing from you if you want them!

  6. Thanks! Congrats on the book, too…

    Please, please, please post the rest when you get a chance.

  7. Wow – great downloads – thanks!

  8. Amazing! How can we get the rest of ‘Perfect Echo’?

  9. absolutely wonderful ! can you also post “Down By The River” played at TX?

  10. This is great stuff, thanks.

    I am a dunce when it comes to digital shit. What is DAO?

    As in:

    “There are a couple of segues where successive songs were taken from the same concert, so it still needs to be burned DAO. ”

    Could someone please explain in the most remedial terms possible? Thanks.

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  11. Thanks for these incredible songs. This is more like what I’d hoped the Archives would be.

  12. [...] Click here to go to AD to check a really nice batch of live Neil Young/CSNY cuts… “Helpless”, “Broken Arrow”, “Everybody Knows This is Nowhere”, “Cowgirl in The Sand”, “Cinnamon Girl”, “Journey Through the Past”…and a ton more.  Good live stuff! [...]

  13. [...] collection A Perfect Echo Vol. I. capturing the years 1974 – 1976.  The first half can be found here. For those interested in the back story, here are notes on the series via sharing the [...]

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