Neil Young / Songs For Judy

Neil Young will release Songs For Judy in November an album of live performances from 1976.

This new album has 22 songs from Neil’s autumn 1976 autumn tour and includes solo acoustic renditions of ‘Heart of Gold’, ‘The Needle and the Damage Done’, ‘After The Gold Rush’. One song, ‘No One Seems to Know,’ hasn’t appeared before on any official release.

As you can see from the track listing below, this is a great collection culled from many different shows –  it was compiled by Joel Bernstein and Cameron Crowe. SDE expects this to be branded as volume seven in Young’s long-running ‘Archive Performance Series’ although it remains to be seen if that’s how he chooses to present it.

Songs For Judy will be issued on CD on 30 November 2018, and as a double LP vinyl set on 14 December. There are no UK listings for it yet (bizarrely).

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Songs For Judy Intro – Atlanta, GA – Nov 24 (late show)
Too Far Gone – Boulder, Colorado – Nov 06
No One Seems To Know – Boulder, Colorado – Nov 07
Heart Of Gold – Fort Worth, Texas – Nov 10
White Line – Fort Worth, Texas – Nov 10
Love Is A Rose – Houston – Nov 11
After The Gold Rush – Houston – Nov 11
Human Highway – Madison, Wisconsin – Nov 14
Tell Me Why – Chicago – Nov 15 (late show)
Mr. Soul – New York – Nov 20 (early show)
Mellow My Mind – New York – Nov 20 (early show)
Give Me Strength – New York – Nov 20 (late show)
A Man Needs A Maid – New York – Nov 20 (late show)
Roll Another Number – Boston – Nov 22 (late show)
Journey Through The Past – Boston – Nov 22 (late show)
Harvest – Boston – Nov 22 (late show)
Campaigner – Boston – Nov 22 (late show)
Old Laughing Lady – Atlanta – Nov 24 (early show)
The Losing End – Atlanta – Nov 24 (late show)
Here We Are In The Years – Atlanta – Nov 24 (late show)
The Needle And The Damage Done – Atlanta – Nov 24 (early show)
Pocahontas – Atlanta – Nov 24 (late show)
Sugar Mountain – Atlanta – Nov 24 (late show)

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Eagle-eyed Neilsters, or Rusties if you prefer, will notice that, apart from the intro and a tiny switch towards the end, this release has been sequenced in Neil’s beloved chronological order. The original Joel Bernstein cassette had a different sequence – one that he and Cameron Crowe worked up while compiling the tape. There is a photo of the C90 J-card in the most recent Uncut should anyone feel the need to re-sequence in the original order…

David Judson

Yes, this is killer stuff. Its been available on bootleg for quite some time under the moniker the Joel Bernstein Tapes. Its called Songs for Judy due to a classic Stoned Neil rap on the bootleg about singing Sugar Mountain live and having Judy Garland appear in the front row …


Beautiful cover.

Harry J

I have listened to the opening track and it sounds great. Actually I would prefer the vinyl version of the album.
Is it coming with a download code?

Bobby jean

There’s a link to preorder the vinyl but you can’t actually preorder it


@noyoucmon @jon
I’m too young, I guess, to know what Garland looked like 40+ years ago. :-)


If you dont know what Judy Garland looks like you’re a bad human. Have you never seen WOZ?


Judy Garland died 50 years ago.


I know, its quite sad!


Garland did not look at all well 40 years ago. But 50+ years ago, she looked amazing!


there is also Paris 1989 that will be released in november…

Chris S

An ‘unofficial’ release though….


As @Mic says, there is a chance this, Hitchhiker and I would add TTN Roxy might be in the next NYA box. If it is next May for NYA2, I might hold my nerve and wait and see. Don’t really want to end up with duplicate copies of all those albums.

Isla Jones

Judy Garland who had mental health issues throughout her life and ultimately committed suicide. Perhaps he is raising awareness of mental health and suicide.

Randy Metro

Off topic: Garland’s death was due to an accumulation of medications during the last 24 hours & an eating disorder she developed late in her life. The coroner ruled her death as an unintentional overdose with no evidence of suicide. Garland did have mental problems & prior suicide attempts with razors & glass; her death wasn’t a suicide.


Good price and good track listens…….ordered! Thanks Paul


Preordered looking forward to hearing vinyl.


Im surprised the title/cover hasnt been explained in the write-up. I never heard of this before.

Norn Cutson

That’s what I want to know, too!

Mic Smith

A very welcome release although I wonder if this and Hitchhiker will feature in the Archives Vol. 2 next May meaning the collector ends up with 2 copies of certain discs, as was the case with Archives Vol. 1.

Kenneth Tilley

is there any news again on archives vol 2 ? i gave up waiting a few years ago, i’m still hoping.


I hope not
The reason I refused to buy Archives 1 was several of the discs had already been issued and being a fan I brought them.


Bizarre that there is no Canadian pricing yet either [since he’s Canadian]. :-)
Who’s Judy? Ex-girlfriend?


@Gisabun: It refers to Judy Garland, who’s pictured on the sleeve and was the subject of a piece of stage banter on this tour, which reportedly is going to be replicated on the album. An odd connection for sure.


Judy Garland…it’s her picture on the cover.


Well…Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere would put some icing on it.

Charles K

Looks excellent, so glad his vinyl prices have gone down in the last few years…ordered!

Kevin Pascual

Mellow my Mind on Banjo and Harmonica…it’s glorious…

Ken Evans

If you’d like to read Joel Bernstein and Cameron Crowe’s recollections of this tour and making this compilation, check out https://www.neilyoungarchives.com


According to the site, N.Y. Performance Series 7


It’s nice to see two songs that will show up much later in NY’s catalogue: Too Far Gone (Freedom, 1989) and White Line (Ragged Glory, 1991).

Phil Wilson

Wonder if this is in response to all those ‘radio broadcast” live CDs from 1976 that show up on Amazon and now in HMV, but are poor quality compared to the official releases? Looks a great set of tracks though.

Paul Rantzau

You are not wrong about that track listing. Looks pretty damn near perfect to me, in terms of summing up his career to that point.