‘Historically Significant’ 1968 Live Recordings from Neil Young, Joni Mitchell Discovered

‘Historically Significant’ 1968 Live Recordings from Neil Young, Joni Mitchell Discovered

The era of the 1960s was monumentally influential for music — both in terms of where it was at the time, and where it’d go years later. The Michigan History Project recently acquired some live recordings of legendary acts including Neil Young and Joni Mitchell from 1968, and are looking to release these ‘historically significant’ tapes in some fashion.

The live performances were recorded at the Canterbury House, an on-campus student ministry at the University of Michigan that also housed performances from the likes of Tim Buckley, Odetta and more.

From Rolling Stone:

“We learned of the existence of the tapes about six years ago,” Michigan History Project president Alan Glenn said in a statement. “They were in the possession of a private collector. Then they disappeared, and we were afraid they were gone for good. But a few weeks ago they resurfaced, much to our surprise and relief. Now our first priority will be to get them transferred to a digital format, then make sure that the original analog tapes are safely archived.”

The Michigan History Project is looking for a label backing in order to officially release these recordings from Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, two undeniably classic artists.

The Rolling Stone pieces goes on to mention that other now-legendary acts, including Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Richie Havens and others also performed at the ministry, but those live recordings have not surfaced yet.

Stay tuned.

4 Responses to "‘Historically Significant’ 1968 Live Recordings from Neil Young, Joni Mitchell Discovered"

  1. Larry Lewis   July 30, 2018 at 10:21 am

    So, the obvious question (in Neil’s case) is whether the material likely comes from the same 3-night stand Neil did at Canterbury house over Nov. 8-10, 1968, from which songs were selected from the Nov. 9th & 10th shows for Neil’s, “Sugar Mountain – Live From Canterbury House, 1968” CD & DVD Audio set? That was released fully ten years ago.

    If so….are the tracks from his Nov. 8th show?

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  2. Zick Boone   July 30, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Talk to Neil and Joni before the “Labels”… Neil has developed a superior recording platform that truly preserves ALL of the music from the original analog format, instead of just the mainstream digital that the millennials are used to.
    Quality is what counts, not just the fact that you have a unreleased version to market!

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  3. Julie   July 30, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    New-old Neil Young? I can’t wait to hear it!!!!

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  4. Julie   July 30, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    New old Neil Young? I can’t wait to hear it!!!!

    Reply

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