There’s good news and bad news for long-suffering Neil Young fans. The good: highlights from a sought-after Nov. 9-10, 1968, run from the Canterbury House in Ann Arbor, Mich., will be released as “Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House 1968” Nov. 25 via Reprise.
The bad: Young’s endlessly delayed “Archives Vol. 1 (1963-1972)” is officially pushed back to some point in 2009. Young has waffled about whether the project will only be available on Blu-ray and DVD or whether there will be CDs sold; the latest word from Reprise is that “Archives” will be Blu-ray only.
“Sugar Mountain,” which will not be included in “Archives Vol. 1,” was taped a few days shy of Young’s 23rd birthday. Young had split from Buffalo Springfield six months earlier, and was testing out his solo material in front of audiences more accustomed to seeing him perform with a band.
The album features future young staples such as “Mr. Soul,” “Expecting To Fly,” the title track and “Broken Arrow,” along with several snippets of between-song banter where Young discusses the menial jobs he held in Toronto and what he spent his first big royalty check on (an old Bentley).
Here is the track list for “Sugar Mountain”:
“On the Way Home”
“Expecting To Fly”
“The Last Trip To Tulsa”
“I used to” rap
“Winterlong” (excerpt) and “Out of My Mind” (intro)
“Out of My Mind”
“If I Could Have Her Tonight”
Classical Gas rap
“Sugar Mountain” (intro)
“I’ve Been Waiting for You”
“Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing”
“Tuning Rap & the Old Laughing Lady” (intro)
“The Old Laughing Lady”