(Warner) There are certain albums in the extensive Neil Young Archives that take on a unique life of their own. Maybe it's their rarity, or a galvanizing reputation that sets them apart. One of the most anticipated releases in this ongoing musical march is the live collection ODEON BUDOKAN, recorded with Crazy Horse, available now on vinyl via Reprise Records, Neil Young's home label for over 50 years.
Originally recorded in 1976 almost a world apart at two overseas venues: Hammersmith Odeon in London and Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo. The ten-track album includes an electrifying range of songs, from well-known classics to true surprises. Tracks on Side 1 were recorded in London March 31, 1976, and feature Neil Young's solo set on guitar and piano from the first half of the concert. Side 2 tracks were recorded two weeks earlier on March 11, 1976, with Young and Crazy Horse at an early electric apex.
This is the first official vinyl release of the previously unissued ODEON BUDOKAN. It has only been available on Compact Disc as part of Neil Young's ARCHIVES VOLUME II box set, released in 2020 in the highest-grade audio high fidelity. Young's songs like "Cowgirl in the Sand," "Cortez The Killer," "Lotta Love," "Stringman" and others are heard at their absolute highest peak.
This album was produced by David Briggs shortly after the 1976 tour. It was put on hold because of other albums that were being made and released at the time.
Odeon Budokan is available at the Greedy Hand Store at Neil Young Archives (NYA) here and music retailers everywhere. Hi-res digital audio is available at Neil Young Archives and most DSPs. All Greedy Hand Store purchases come with free hi-res digital audio downloads from the Xstream Store © at NYA. Once again, Neil Young's lifetime of music is on the move.
Odeon Budokan Tracklist:
1. The Old Laughing Lady
2. After The Gold Rush
3. Too Far Gone
4. Old Man
1. Don't Cry No Tears
2. Cowgirl in the Sand
3. Lotta Love
4. Drive Back
5. Cortez The Killer