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Neil Young to release previously ‘lost’ concert film 'Young Shakespeare'

The treasure trove of Neil Young is apparently bottomless as the acclaimed singer-songwriter has announced that he has yet another surprise for his fans. The last 12 months have seen Young be rightly revered as one of rock’s greatest, as he not only entertained us during lockdown but has also continually shared previously ‘lost’ moments of his illustrious past.

The latest sees Young announce that he will be releasing the previously lost concert film, Young Shakespeare. The clip showcases Young during his Harvest days and remains one of the earliest pieces of footage of the singer.

The footage is widely thought of as a Young Holy Grail largely because of the intimacy of the show. When taking to the stage in Connecticut some 50 years ago, Young came equipped with just his guitar and some sketches of the songs that would appear on his seminal LP Harvest. Young will now release the footage on March 26th for his fans as part of a live LP and concert film.

January 22nd, 1971, saw Young go under the spotlight at the Shakespeare Theatre, and begin his ascension to one of the most acclaimed songwriters of his generation. Within the performance, there were early renditions of ‘Old Man’ as well as ‘Heart of Gold’ and ‘The Needle and the Damage Done,’ which have given the show its legendary status.

Young Shakespeare is a very special event,” Young said in a press release. “[It’s] a more calm performance, without the celebratory atmosphere of Massey Hall, captured live on 16mm. To my fans, I say this is the best ever… one of the most pure-sounding acoustic performances we have in the Archive.”

We’ll be standing in the (figurative) line to grab one of these Deluxe Edition LPs to ensure we’ve got one of Neil Young’s best performances live on tape.