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A Treasure

10 Jun 2011 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 10 Jun 2011
  • Release Date: 10 Jun 2011
  • Label: Reprise
  • Copyright: 2011 Silver Bow Productions, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 52:25
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  • ASIN: B0053EB35E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,583 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Bungliemutt on 14 Jun 2011
Format: Audio CD
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 By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Jun 2011
Format: Audio CD
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 By Mr. A. W. Riggs on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bring_back_the_60s on 7 Jan 2013
Format: Audio CD
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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