When Neil Young isn’t astounding us anymore, it’s nice to find something related to him that does. With a list-heavy layout similar to George Dundas’ archival Dylan tome Tangled, Ghosts On The Road sets out to catalogue every live show Young’s ever played, where and when, what songs, who supported, whether it was bootlegged… He draws the line at the shirts Young wore, but unless it was a Trans show, you can bet they were checked.
As Long admits, it’s not complete yet, more an ongoing project (from its first publication in 1996) hampered by the lack of early 60s and Buffalo Springfield archives. If anyone else can tell us about Young’s 1961 show with The Jades, however, we’ve yet to meet them, and by the time you’ve gotten through all of this, Long will no doubt have filled in the gaps, which are mostly plugged by the mid-70s.
With context to each tour, a discography of official and unofficial recordings (cross-referenced with their set lists!), musicians who’s who, song chart of what was played (and how often) on each tour and even a list of alternative venue names makes this essential for all Rusties, and it’s only available at www.ghostsontheroad.co.uk.