A Treasure

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A Treasure
Live album by Neil Young
Released June 14, 2011
Recorded 1984-1985
Genre Country, Rock
Length 52:43
Label Reprise
Producer Neil Young & Ben Keith
Neil Young chronology
Le Noise
(2010)
A Treasure
(2011)
Americana
(2012)
Singles from A Treasure
  1. "Grey Riders"
    Released: May 20 2011
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]

A Treasure is a live album by Neil Young, released on June 14, 2011, featuring performances from his 1984-1985 U.S. tour with the International Harvesters. The album is volume nine in Young's Archives Performance Series and the sixth to be released.[4]

Background[edit]

The album results from a tour following Young's recording what he later called the first Old Ways, an album of country music that his record company refused to release since they claimed it wasn't commercial enough. In this period, the early to mid-eighties, Young played music in many different genres.[5] His backing band, the "International Harvesters", consisted of professional country musicians from Nashville some of whom had also played (as "The Shocking Pinks") on his rock and roll album Everybody's Rockin'. The album contains old Young songs and newer songs from Old Ways.[3] It contains five previously unreleased songs (tracks 1, 5, 8, 11, and 12).

According to Young, the album's name comes from Ben Keith. "I hadn't heard these takes in 25 years, but when we unearthed them co-producer Ben Keith said, 'This is a treasure.'" [6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Neil Young except where indicated.

  1. "Amber Jean" – 3:17
  2. "Are You Ready for the Country?" – 3:39
  3. "It Might Have Been" (Ronnie Green & Harriet Kane) – 2:43
  4. "Bound for Glory" – 5:59
  5. "Let Your Fingers Do the Walking" – 3:03
  6. "Flying on the Ground Is Wrong" – 4:48
  7. "Motor City" – 3:22
  8. "Soul of a Woman" – 4:28
  9. "Get Back to the Country" – 2:31
  10. "Southern Pacific" – 7:53
  11. "Nothing Is Perfect" – 5:02
  12. "Grey Riders" – 5:58

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart 18
U.S. Billboard 200 29
U.S. Billboard Top Rock Albums 7

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "A Treasure – Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Neil Young". Robert Christgau's Consumer Guide. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Greene, Andy (9 June 2011). "Rev. of Neil Young, A Treasure". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Thrasher's Wheat – A Treasure". Neil Young. Thrasher's Wheat. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  5. ^ Gill, Andy (17 June 2012). "Rev. of Neil Young International Harvesters, A Treasure". The Independent. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Thrasher's Wheat – A Treasure: New Neil Young Album Coming". Neil Young. Thrasher's Wheat. Retrieved 12 June 2011.