Fifty years since Neil Young’s January 22nd, 1971 concert at the Shakespeare Theater in Stratford, Connecticut has been kept under wraps, it’s now finally seeing the light of day via the Young Shakespeare live album.

The legendary singer/songwriter’s solo acoustic gig from the After the Gold Rush period was filmed by a German television crew, yet the footage sat in a vault for the past five decades. It will now be released as part of a larger project to highlight the overall presence that he had during that performance.

About the release, Young said that the offering is “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.”

Young recently released a teaser trailer of “Tell Me Why,” “Cowgirl in the Sand,” “A Man Needs a Maid,” “Dance, Dance, Dance,” “Down by the River,” “Helpless,” and “Sugar Mountain.”

Over the past few months, Neil released his 10-disc set Neil Young Archives Volume II: 1972 – 1976 and the 2003 live album Return to Greendale. Young Shakespeare is available to order now and the DVD will be available exclusively through the Greedy Hand Store at the Neil Young Archives.

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