Neil Young – Boston Tea Party 1970 (Screamer-040/81019)


Boston Tea Party 1970 (Screamer-040/81019)

Tea Party, Boston, MA – March 1, 1970

Disc 1:  On The Way Home, Broken Arrow, I Am A Child, Helpless, Sugar Mountain, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Winterlong, Down By The River

Disc 2:  Wonderin’, The Loner, Cinnamon Girl, Cowgirl In The Sand, Come On Baby Let’s Go Downtown.  Soundboard:  Sugar Mountain, Helpless, Cinnamon Girl, Cowgirl In The Sand

Boston Tea Party 1970 was released by Screamer with Another Osaka.  For this release the label utilized a fair to good audience recording of the complete set, both solo and with Crazy Horse.  The tape is distant and sounds compressed.  The beginning acoustic set sounds much more up front and better than the electric set with the band.  

“Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere” sounds especially rough here.  The final four tracks on the second disc are listed on the cover as “audience recording from radio broadcast”.  I’m not sure what that means exactly.  It wasn’t taped from the radio, but is rather an acetate recording from the soundboard. 

It sounds great although there are cuts between the tracks and obvious surface noise.  1970 was a very busy year for Neil Young.  He finished a tour with CSN&Y on January 11th, began this tour with Crazy Horse a month later, toured again with CSN&Y in the summer, and then toured solo at the end of the year. 

All the while recording and releasing After The Goldrush.  This tour saw the debut of songs like “Helpless” and “Cinnamon Girl”.  “Down By The River” lasts close to fifteen minutes and whose guitar solo sounds very similar to the future “Like A Hurricane” and “Southern Man”.  “Wonderin'” is played in Country & Western style and would receive a rockabilly make over more than a decade later.  “Cowgirl In The Sand” is another epic spanning more than fifteen minutes with very long jamming in the middle with Young and Whitten. 

The show ends with “Come On Baby Let’s Go Down” sung by the late Dan Whitten.  This version of this song that appears on Tonight’s The Night was recording at the Fillmore East in New York right after this show.  Another good title by the new Screamer label.  I don’t think the audience recording has been released before (although it has circulated), and the soundboard fragment I think is brand new.  The label mixed up the set order in the liner notes.  “Broken Arrow” was played second with “I Am A Child” next. 

This is worth checking out if you like the early Neil Young & Crazy Horse. 

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