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The slickest & fastest cat on the planet requested some help with this.

Very happy to do it for both he and his fans. ;)


The Ducks (short-lived band of Neil Young, Bob Mosley, Jeff Blackburn and Johnny C. (Craviotto).
Summer, 1977 compilation
Santa Cruz, California, USA

EX soundboard! - Previously uncirculated!

This just came my way from a friend who I recently met here in Santa Cruz. It came from outside of the "tape collecting world" from cassettes squirreled away many years ago and were just transferred to share for the first time. The other three members besides Neil Young were associated with Moby Grape and this band only did perhaps 20 shows or so at most, and all in the Santa Cruz area. No soundboard recordings of live shows have circulated till now and nothing has ever been released in any form by this band. I transferred two 90 minute compilations of live tracks that were not well labeled but they are from more than one night with the likely venues being The Catalyst and The Crossroads.



Volume 1

CD1 - 52:36
101 [2:37] [cuts in] A Deeper Mystery
102 [1:02] talk
103 [2:40] Gypsy Wedding
104 [0:51] talk
105 [3:14] Bye Bye Johnny
106 [0:41] talk
107 [4:11] Long May You Run
108 [1:25] talk (Neil broke a string)
109 [4:43] Sailor Man
110 [3:53] Younger Days
111 [1:25] talk
112 [6:17] Love You Forever
113 [3:42] Gone Dead Train
114 [4:44] [cuts in on first notes] Hold On Boys
115 [5:20] Sail Away
116 [0:25] talk before set break
117 [5:26] Silver Wings

CD2 - 35:26
201 [5:18] [cuts in on first notes] Two Riders
202 [4:03] Poor Man
203 [4:51] Mr. Soul
204 [0:35] talk
205 [3:48] Tore Down
206 [4:16] [cuts in on first notes] Wide Eyed And Willing
207 [3:14] Truckin' Man
208 [4:54] Don't Let Em Get To You
209 [0:47] talk
210 [3:40] [cuts in] Long May You Run [cut]

Neil Young - guitar, harmonica, vocals
Bob Mosley - bass, vocals
Jeff Blackburn - guitar, vocals
Johnny C. (Craviotto) - drums, vocals

Probable lineage: multi-track masters > Dolby B encoded Maxell UDXLII cassette (unknown recording decks).
Transfer [2013-08-27]: Nakamichi Dragon (Dolby B decoded) > Macintosh with Digidesign Audiomedia III sound card > Pro Tools (minor "nip and tuck" edits, normalization & tracking - no EQ or additional noise reduction) > AIFF >xACT (Flac level 8 files with sector boundaries verified)



Volume 2

CD1 - 40:40
101 [1:08] announcer intro, talk, tune ups and applause
102 [3:43] Poor Man
103 [3:51] Tore Down
104 [4:47] Your Love
105 [5:11] Two Riders
106 [4:12] Gone Dead Train
107 [0:15] Neil talk
108 [4:36] Little Wing
109 [3:37] Truckin' Man
110 [0:17] talk
111 [2:31] Hey Now
112 [0:21] talk before end of set
113 [5:54] Silver Wings
114 [0:17] thanks and applause at end of set

CD2 - 53:02
201 [4:27] Wild Eyed And Willing
202 [4:25] Human Highway
203 [2:52]Gypsy Wedding
204 [3:42] Honky Tonk Man
205 [4:44] Hold On Boys
206 [4:05] I'm Ready
207 [4:28] Windward Passage [cut]
208 [5:19] Mr. Soul
209 [3:02] Car Tune
210 [0:32] talk
211 [5:44] Leaving Us Now
212 [6:06] Sail Away
213 [0:24] talk before end of set
214 [3:12] Do Me Right [cut on last notes]

Neil Young - guitar, harmonica, vocals
Bob Mosley - bass, vocals
Jeff Blackburn - guitar, vocals
Johnny C. (Craviotto) - drums, vocals

Probable lineage: multi-track masters > Dolby B encoded TDK LN46 and Maxell UD46 cassettes (unknown recording decks).
Transfer [2013-08-27]: Nakamichi Dragon (Dolby B decoded) > Macintosh with Digidesign Audiomedia III sound card > Pro Tools (minor "nip and tuck" edits, normalization & tracking - no EQ or additional noise reduction) > AIFF >xACT (Flac level 8 files with sector boundaries verified).
Enjoy and SHARE!

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I didn't even know about The Ducks until I stumbled on this post.
Great stuff! Thank you very much for sharing this.
Yeah, ........... we shouldn't always assume if it walks like a duck or talks like a duck that it is.

It might in fact be something else entirely. Neil and his band :shock:
 

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The history of the Ducks is pretty interesting. Jeff Blackburn (not to be confused with the Amazon VP) was playing in the Santa Cruz area when Neil came upon them at a concert at probably the Catalyst or the Crossroads. Neil began jamming with them and the decision was made to play together for a while. The problem the band faced was that Neil was under contract that only allowed him to tour with Crazy Horse so the band was limited to the three or four Santa Cruz venues where $3 would get you a ticket in a small club. Word spread by local papers and picked up by the state and national media. By summer's end, growing popularity meant it was no longer feasible for the Ducks to to paly just in southern California but there was nothing to be done about the contract situation and after two shows opening Elvin Bishop, the band passed into history.

Jeff Blackburn went on to co-write "My, My, Hey, Hey (Out of the Blue) with Neil.

Thanks for sharing.
 
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