Blind Man Standin' by the Road and Cryin'

from 38 MacDougal by Fred Neil

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    Mastertone Studios, NYC, 1965…Amidst mounting friction with producer Paul Rothchild, Fred Neil walks out on the unfinished sessions for what was to be his debut album, “Bleecker & MacDougal”. Fearing he wouldn’t return to the studio, his friend and guitar player, Peter Childs, invited him down to the Greenwich Village apartment he shared with John Sebastian, at 38 MacDougal. According to Childs, “the best chance to get Freddie back wouldn’t be to try to persuade him verbally, but to get him over to the apartment for a bit of music-making”. What transpired on that afternoon was a legendary singer-songwriter and his long-time accompanist making music for the pure joy of it, a one-of-a-kind private performance, captured on Ampex reel to reel, and stored for over fifty years!

    The story behind these previously unreleased recordings contained on “38 MacDougal” was beautifully told in Peter Lee Neff’s 2019 Fred Neil biography, That’s The Bag I’m In. Fred and Peter perform songs that would later wind up on “Bleecker & MacDougal” (“Travellin’ Shoes”, “Country Boy”, “Gone Again”, “Candy Man”, “Little Bit Of Rain”), a definitive “Sweet Cocaine”, and two PD songs that don’t appear on any other Fred Neil album; the traditional folk song, “Once I Had A Sweetheart”, and the African-American spiritual, “Blind Man Standing By The Road And Crying”. The latter is our personal favorite, and despite the biography mentioning the song cutting off before it ends, Delmore’s tape magically contained the complete performance in all its glory. Fred takes the song on a personal and deep journey, and Peter adds the most perfect musical touches. It’s also the first appearance on a Fred Neil record of one of the many Spiritual songs that were often a part of his live repertoire.



    2020 Record Store Day / Black Friday Exclusive Release
    Limited Edition of 1000, pressed at Third Man on Clear Vinyl
    Deluxe Stoughton tip-on jacket featuring previously unseen photos of Fred Neil
    LP-size insert featuring notes by Fred’s son, Chris, and additional unseen photographs
    A previously unreleased Fred Neil performance at the height of his powers – featuring two unheard songs

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    Deluxe digipak features previously unseen photos of Fred Neil and booklet w/ more unseen photos (including one not included in the LP edition), and liner notes by Fred's son, Chris.

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Delmore Recording Society exists to expose singular artists that don’t quite fit in to the world. The pursuit and discovery of lost tapes is another side of that mission.

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