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Neil Young announces 50th anniversary reissue of ‘After the Gold Rush’

Neil Young has announced his intention to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his third studio album, After the Gold Rush, with a new deluxe reissue.

The record, which was originally released in September 1970 on Reprise Records, features a number of fan favourite hits such as ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’, ‘When You Dance I Can Really Love’ and more.

The special deluxe reissue arrives as the first album in Young’s catalogue to receive such treatment and is likely to be paired with footage from a 1971 concert at Connecticut’s Shakespeare Theatre—a show which took place just three days after his iconic Massey Hall concert in Toronto, Canada.

“While Massey Hall was a homecoming for me and meant so much a the time, luckily recorded on a 7.5 ips tape recorder by David Briggs — it was not filmed,” Young writes in a new post on his archives. “At the time, Massey Hall was for me my best early acoustic performance to date. A triumph! A celebration! That’s how I felt at the time.”

He adds: “In fact, today as we listen and compare, [producer] John Hanlon and I both feel ‘Shakespeare’ is superior to our beloved ‘Massey Hall,’” said Young. “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. Young Shakespeare is the performance of that era. Personal and emotional, for me, it defines that time.”

While no date has been set for the release of his deluxe reissue, it is thought to be scheduled in for the 50th anniversary in September.

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