Just two months after the release of his seminal ‘After the
Gold Rush’, Neil Young sat down for a performance at The
Shakespeare Theater on January 22, 1971. The Stratford, CT
show captures the artist stripped down to the bare
essentials—acoustic guitar, piano, and harmonica.
The concert was recorded for presentation on German TV
later that year but was not publicly available until now.
The original 50 year-old analog tapes have been lovingly
restored, making available early acoustic recordings of two
‘After the Gold Rush’ songs, early Harvest tunes, and beloved
favorites such as “Ohio,” “Cowgirl in the Sand,” “Helpless,”
“Down by the River,” and “Sugar Mountain.”
Young wrote on NYA that ‘Young Shakespeare’ is:
“a more calm performance, without the celebratory atmosphere of Massey Hall, captured live on 16mm. Young Shakespeare is a very special event. To my fans, I say this is the best ever...one of the most pure-sounding acoustic performances we have in the Archive.”