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Neil rips off a fiery solo during ABC Music Scene taping, 1969 (photo by Jeff Allen)It’s been awhile since we’ve checked in with Jeff Allen, the photographer who provided us with the previously unseen, now iconic photo that graces the cover of Neil Young FAQ.

At the time Jeff grabbed this amazing shot, he was simply one of the lucky few in attendance when Crosby Stills Nash & Young taped their legendary performance of Young’s “Down By The River” for the prime-time ABC TV concert showcase Music Scene show back in 1969.

Flash forward to the present nearly a half century later, and it becomes clear from the amazing series of photos below that Jeff hasn’t lost a step in terms of his eye for capturing a great live performance from the lens of his camera.

All of the shots below are from Stephen Stills and Neil Young’s performance at the Light Up the Blues concert/benefit on 4-25-15 at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood, CA.

Thanks again, Jeff!

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Rolling Stone has just published another one of those lists they like doing so much, but this one definitely caught our eye.

The 10 Best Neil Young Deep Cuts as picked by RS readers doesn’t always get it completely right – we’re still scratching our heads wondering how they could’ve missed “Change Your Mind” from Sleeps With Angels (to cite one fairly major omission).

But overall, it’s a very decent list.

The one thing this list manages to nail is some major love for On The Beach – in our own humble opinion, Neil Young’s single most underrated album. Of the ten “deep cuts” listed here – songs that are rarely played on radio, or even by Neil himself in concert – nearly half of them, at four songs total, come from On The Beach.

And of those four, two of them – “Ambulance Blues” and the title track – come from the second side of this amazing album. As one of our readers put it, this is truly a “desert island side.”

We would have liked to have seen “Motion Pictures” in there too of course.

Although we know Neil has performed that song at least once – at a legendarily bootlegged 1974 show from the Bottom Line in New York – there doesn’t appear to be any single standing video document of it in existence, at least on You Tube.

Fortunately for us, Rolling Stone did find some very decent live performance video of the songs that make up the other two-thirds of that amazing second side of On The Beach – rarely played as they are.

RS leads their entry for the song “On The Beach” – #9 on their list – by saying “If there’s any doubt that Neil Young was super bummed out when he made On The Beach in early 1974, listen no further than kicks off the second side of the LP.”

Gee,’…Ya think?

“Ambulance Blues” – which ranks much higher on this list at #2 – has actually been played a little more often. It was in the setlist every night on Neil’s 2007/08 Chrome Dreams II Continental tour.

But in this version, from the annual Bridge School benefit show from 10/17/98, it gets a much different arrangement with backing from R.E.M.

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