Neil Young Reveals ‘Roxy: Tonight’s the Night Live’ Details
The album includes live performances of most of the songs included on the classic album Tonight’s the Night, which was recorded in 1973 but not released until 1975. ("Borrowed Tune," "Come on Baby Let's Go Downtown" and "Lookout Joe," which are on the 1975 LP, aren't included on the upcoming album.) You can see the track listing below.
The live tracks were recorded on Sept. 20-22, 1973, at the first-ever shows at the Roxy venue in West Hollywood, with a band Young called the Santa Monica Flyers -- named after their habit of driving home after all-night recording sessions in his 1947 Buick Roadmaster, Black Queen, along Santa Monica Boulevard. The lineup included Nils Lofgren on piano, pedal steel player Ben Keith, Billy Talbot on bass and drummer Ralph Molina.
“We had very recently lost [Crazy Horse member] Danny Whitten and our roadie Bruce Berry to heroin overdoses, so we were missing them and feeling them in the music every night as we played," Young writes in the liner notes. "Tonight’s the Night was sort of a wake. There was no overdubbing on those nine original songs. They were recorded live, with no clean up. For almost a month we recorded like that, starting around 11PM and playing into the early morning hours. Sometimes we had a small audience. Once Mel Brooks and a few friends came by.
“We drank a lot of tequila, and I wrote Tonight’s the Night’s songs somewhere around the beginning. We had nine songs and played them twice every night for a long time until we thought we had them. … We had finished recording and decided to celebrate with a gig at a new club opening on the Sunset Strip, the Roxy. We went there and recorded for a few nights, opening the Roxy. We really knew the Tonight’s the Night songs after playing them for a month, so we just played them again, the album, top to bottom, two sets a night for a few days. We had a great time.”
A Record Store Day vinyl edition of the album includes tow records plus an exclusive print of the band live onstage at the Roxy. That version comes out on April 21; the standard vinyl, CD and digital editions will follow on April 24.
Neil Young, ‘Roxy – Tonight’s the Night Live’ Track Listing
"Tonight's The Night"
"Mellow My Mind"
"World On A String"
"Roll Another Number (For The Road)"
"Tonight's The Night"