Neil Young’s iconic 1970 album After the Gold Rush turns 50 this September. To honour the 50th anniversary, Neil Young is planning a re-release of the album via Reprise Records, according to a post on Neil Young Archives website.
The post details the earliest recordings of Neil Young’s performances — a concert at the Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, Connecticut on January 22nd, 1971. Although parts of that footage have already been released, the After the Gold Rush re-release might be paired with the concert in full.
Roadstories: Young Shakespeare
"The earliest known film of any of my performances, Young Shakespeare was recorded and filmed in January 1971 at the Shakespeare Theater in Stratford Connecticut."
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— Neil Young Archives (@NeilYoungNYA) February 27, 2020
“In fact, today as we listen and compare, [producer] John Hanlon and I both feel ‘Shakespeare’ is superior to our beloved ‘Massey Hall.’ A more calm performance, without the celebratory atmosphere of Massey Hall, captured live on 16mm film. ‘Young Shakespeare’ is a very special event. To my fans, I say this is the best ever,” writes Young.
“So what do we do with it? We may pair it with the Reprise Records 50th anniversary release of ‘After the Gold Rush’ later this year, making it a double record,” Young continued later in the post.