Prelude – After The Goldrush (Neil Young)

Prelude_goldrushPrelude’s acapella cover of Neil Young’s “After The Goldrush,” gives me goosebumps.  The good kind of goosebumps.

It makes me wish I could watch the final scene of the unrealized Dean Stockwell screenplay that inspired the song, just to have this version play over the closing credits.

“I was gonna write a movie that was personal, a Jungian self-discovery of the gnosis,” said Stockwell. “It involved the Kabala, it involved a lot of arcane stuff.” Though the After The Gold Rush script is currently missing, Shannon Forbes recalls that it involved a huge tidal wave coming to destroy Topanga. “It was sort of an end-of-the-world movie,” she said. “At the very end, the hero is standing in the Corral parking lot watching this huge wave come in and this house is surfing along, and as the house comes at him, he turns the knob and that’s the end of the movie.” Russ Tamblyn was to play an over-the-hill rocker living in a castle; others vaguely recall some scene of George Herms carrying a huge “tree of life” through the canyon. – Shakey: Neil Young’s Biography by Jimmy McDonagh

Shout out to Bob Brainen’s show on WFMU for introducing me to this track.

Prelude – After The Goldrush