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Neil Young and The Stray Gators: Tuscaloosa: Album review

The last time I reviewed a Neil Young album (Neil Young and The Promise Of The Real - The Visitor) I wrote how I wished he’d ‘cheer up’.

I know he’s supposed to be a legend and I’ll probably upset many people by saying this but sometimes I find him such a bore.

This album is a previously unreleased 11-track recording featuring Young with The Stray Gators, recorded live at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa on February 5, 1973.

Neil Young and The Stray Gators: Tuscaloosa. Image supplied by Pomona PR. (13732463)
Neil Young and The Stray Gators: Tuscaloosa. Image supplied by Pomona PR. (13732463)

The Stray Gators consist of Tim Drummond (bass), Kenny Buttrey (drums), Jack Nitzsche (piano) and Ben Keith (steel guitar). They went on to record with Young for Harvest and Time Fades Away.

The band are great, with bluesy notes, steel guitar and piano but, try as I might, I just can't warm to Young's vocals.

I’m sure if you're a follower, however, you’ll be keen to get your hands on a copy of this album.

There’s a version of the title track from the live album Time Fades Away that wouldn’t surface until later in 1973, as well as songs from what has been dubbed his seminal classic ‘Tonight’s the Night’ that would eventually be released in 1975.

It's also available as a double album over three sides with etched artwork on side four.

The album is out now.

Reviewed by Zoe Myall

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