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A Treasure [CD]

Neil Young Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (13 Jun 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B004VQGGL6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,037 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Amber Jean 3:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Are You Ready For The Country? 3:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. It Might Have Been 2:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Bound For Glory 5:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Let Your Fingers Do The Walking 3:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Flying On The Ground Is Wrong 4:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Motor City 3:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Soul Of A Woman 4:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Get Back To The Country 2:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Southern Pacific 7:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Nothing Is Perfect 5:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Grey Riders 5:580.99  Buy MP3 

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The 12-track live album, A Treasure includes songs – 5 of which are previously unreleased -- recorded during Young’s 1984 and 1985 U.S. tours without the support of an album or Young’s then record label due to unique and unusual circumstances. Among those, “Grey Riders” will be the first track serviced to radio. 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, and Karl Himmel on drums, among many others. A Treasure is Young’s first release since last year’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 current 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.” Always celebrated for his musical versatility, 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.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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The latest in the Neil Young Archives Performance Series, A Treasure is an unlikely collection of songs from Young's deeply unfashionable 80s period, including cuts from the Old Ways album whose style this live recording most closely resembles. While Old Ways is probably the only one of his Geffen albums still worth listening to in its entirety, it is one of a series of releases considered unrepresentative of Young's more familiar output, as a result of which Geffen eventually sued him. Its hardcore country leanings are tempered on A Treasure, partly because the live band that Neil Young had put together, consisting of Tim Drummond, Ben Keith, Spooner Oldham, Rufus Thibodeaux and others, represented the very best musicians available; and partly also because new life was breathed into old songs, including an almost inspired version of 'Southern Pacific', more familiar from the plodding version on the pedestrian Re-Ac-Tor album.

While there are other inspired moments on A Treasure, including a version of 'Flying On The Ground Is Wrong' originally on the first Buffalo Springfield album from 1966, and a magnificent performance of 'Grey Riders', one of the great unreleased Neil Young songs, which begins as a country stomp, and ends reminiscent of 'Like A Hurricane' drenched in disintegration and feedback. Other 'lost' material appears, including 'Amber Jean', which is competent but less inspirational, and in total the album features 5 previously unreleased songs. All are painted to a greater or lesser extent in the country stylings with which Neil Young was experimenting at this stage in the mid-80s.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
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Appreciating all the facets of Neil Young over the years has been a challenging musical adventure. Its commonly accepted that he hit a "difficult patch' in the 1980s with his label effectively disowning him and more than the odd misstep along the way. His defense at the time has nonetheless stood him in good stead over the years for despite all the tangents taken he has admitted, " I've been consistent about it, consistently erratic." On the surface why Young's dalliance with country music through the album "Old Ways" caused the Geffen label such a problem appears odd. Young had released a similar album in 1980 with "Hawks and Doves" and Elvis Costello had successfully released "Almost Blue" his traditional country excursion in 1981. Yet Young's recording came on the back of a number of commercial failures not least the horrible vocoder experiment "Trans" and a frayed relationship with the label which saw Geffen's patience just about worn out. Young being Young and one of the world great professional contrarian's alternatively raised a large middle finger to them and carried on regardless going out on the road with the The International Harvesters in 1984 and 1985, playing venues like the Minnesota State Fair. This band was the cream of Nashville musicians and by any standards a much more accomplished set of players than Crazy Horse "the best bar band in the world". The outfit included slide guitarist Ben Keith, bassists Tim Drummond and Joe Allen, fiddle player Rufus Thibodeaux, drummer Karl Himmel, and piano players Spooner Oldham and Hargus "Pig" Robbins. These guys give greater depth to the rather underpowered country which had emerged on "Old Ways" with the result that it is transformed in this recording into something with more vitality and verve. Read more ›
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buried Treasure 14 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD
Neil Young unpredictable as ever. Treasure was named by the late Ben Keith when Neil was playing some of the archive material. I guess this cd/dvd will form part of the Archives 2 due anytime this decade. The Treasure features the band that in the UK we saw at Live Aid in 85, and this record is a mix of new songs & old songs. For Neil fans it's material that would fit with Old Ways, Harvest Moon & Comes A Time. One track stands head and shoulders above the rest and that's the blistering 'Grey Riders'. The DVD flits about from TV shows and You Tube but serves as a snapshot of Neil live before we had instant film on You Tube.
I can't see how this will attract new fans, but Neil Young has never pandered to fans old or new. An essential purchase for Neil Young fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Neil Young stated he insists on high res audio. I agree with him and prefer music in the highest audio resolution available when possible. I purchased this CD/BluRay expecting the BluRay disc to have the audio at least to be in 192 / 24 kHz, however it is in 48/24 kHz not much higher than CD.
The video content comprises of 1 full video clip and the remainder is video footage done by audience members in the lowest quality you can imagine, together with an image of the album cover to fill in the missing gaps of footage.

The actual music is great, especially the song Grey Riders and the opening song Amber Jean (the only complete video). These recordings are more of a country influence which Neil was into at the time in the mid 1980s. They are very enjoyable and fun.
Overall the BluRay is not worth the extra music unless your a completist. The CD has the same songs without the 1 video clip that is worth watching.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure.
Takes me back to Neils country roots and with some excellent musicians accompanying him. How he has moved on since showing his musica talents.l
Published 8 months ago by GrandadBird
4.0 out of 5 stars A treasure? Somewhat!
You're never too sure what you'll receive when you get a new Neil Young offering and long may that continue! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr. M. Ashburn
4.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure indeed
1980 to 1990 - not Neil's finest decade musically, there's no hiding the fact but this album really puts a new light on some of the tunes of that time. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars One out of the blue
and the track that gets me going is the live Southern Pacific. Turn it right to eleven and let her roil. Read more
Published 14 months ago by The Earl Of Kimberley
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ALBUM
Published 14 months ago by alan carter
4.0 out of 5 stars Good CD
Good CD for ardent Neil Young fans as i think it deviates a bit from what he is best known for.
Published 15 months ago by Roy Rogerson
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure indeed
Yes this is from Neil Young's "difficult 80s" period and yes it is leaning towards country but the performances and the song selection put it up there with his best live stuff. Read more
Published 21 months ago by The Pure Flying Poco Sage
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure
Wonderful recording with bonus dvd of Neil in country mode , a treasure is an understatement really enjoyed this . Read more
Published on 20 July 2012 by Brian Mcpherson
4.0 out of 5 stars nearly a treasure, but not quite
The sleeve tells us that co-producer Ben Keith said of these tapes when unearthed, that they were a treasure. Read more
Published on 1 May 2012 by William Jordan
4.0 out of 5 stars a bit too country for me
THis is NY at his most "country" - at least from what i recall, and my collection of mr young's albums is pretty vast. Read more
Published on 22 Sep 2011 by Captain Kirk
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