Neil Young

Transworld Tour

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Otherwise documented only on the Neil Young in Berlin home video, the Trans Tour of Europe, which took place from August 31 to October 19, 1982, is chronicled on this bootleg, taken from the October 8 show at the Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden. Backed by Nils Lofgren (who gets his own showcase, "Beggars Day"), Ben Keith, Bruce Palmer, Ralph Molina, and Joe Lala, Neil Young turns in a 19-song set that is largely filled with favorites like "Southern Man," "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)," "Like a Hurricane," "Old Man," and "After the Gold Rush." His much-criticized voicebox songs "Computer Age," "Sample and Hold" (misidentified as "Like an Inca" on the record jacket), and "Transformer Man" are spread out through the show and do not greatly detract from what is a strong set overall. (The more conventional "Little Thing Called Love" from Trans is also included.) "If You Got Love," a catchy pop/rock song reminiscent of "Lotta Love," and "Soul of a Woman" have never been released legitimately. Since Trans had not been released at the time of the show, this means that a third of the set consisted of songs the audience had not heard before, standard operating procedure for Young. The double-disc album comes from an audience tape. There are dropouts, fadeouts, and bad edits, so overall sound quality must be rated fair-to-poor.