Neil Young – Personally Owned 10″ Acetate “Moe The Sleeze” / Unreleased Mono Version With COA

An ultra rare Mono 10” acetate of Neil Young’s “Surfer Joe and Moe The Sleeze” cut at legendary Gold Star Studios, and formerly owned by Neil Young. We acquired this directly from his close associate, photographer Joel  Bernstein.  The provenance is best explained in Bernstein’s letter of authenticity:
“This letter is to authenticated a Gold Star acetate of Neil Young’s “Surfer Joe and Moe The Sleeze”, from his 1981 album Re-Ac-Tor. This is a mono mix, and is labeled with the preliminary title “Moe The Sleeze”. I was working with Neil at the time and he gave this 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 one of those items, from my personal collection.
Sincerely, Joel Bernstein”
This acetate is in Near Mint condition and may be the only Mono mix acetate in existence.

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