Neil Young – Neil’s Personal “The Loner” and “Cinnamon Girl” Mono Gold Star Acetates

Two original 10″ acetates of Neil Young’s live version of “Cinnamon Girl” and “The Loner” from Live Rust, owned by Young himself and given to a longtime associate. The provenance is best explained by the included letter of authenticity from Joel Bernstein:

This letter is to authenticated two Gold Star acetates of Neil Young’s “The Loner” and “Cinnamon Girl”. These live versions, from the album Live Rust, ere mixed in mono and released as a single. I was working with Neil at the time and he gave these to me.

I photographed Neil Young for the first time at his first East Coast show with Crazy Horse, at the Bitter End in New York City, in February 1969. I went on to work with Neil extensively, as both his and CSNY’s tour photographer, and shooting him for eighteen of his album covers (including After The Gold Rush, Harvest, Time Fades Away, Tonight’s The Night, Decade and Rust Never Sleeps) plus numerous other official projects including publicity, advertising, songbooks, posters, et al. On various tours from 1973-1993, I also worked with Neil as his guitar technician; and served as his archivist for 20 years, researching and presenting him with every source for audio, artwork and text used in his massive box set Archives Vol. 1 1963-1972.

During the course of working for Neil, he gave me various acetates, test pressings, set lists and other memorabilia. Neil knew I was a collector and he wasn’t, so once he was done with things like this, instead of throwing it away, he often gave it to me. This is from my personal collection.


Joel Bernstein

Both of these 10″ acetates are one-sided and in near mint condition, and both were owned by Neil Young himself.

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