Audio: Neil Young & Rick James – “It’s My Time”

Given my longtime obsession with both Neil Young and Motown, I’d be remiss in not sharing this old gem (for posterity, at least): Rick “Super Freak” James with the 1965 Rolling Stones-inspired group Mynah Birds, a band signed to Motown that featured Young at just 20 years old — before he broke through in the U.S. with Buffalo Springfield a year or so later. There’s plenty of info about the unlikely Young-James connection here, but this is my favorite bit:

“Those lucky enough to see any of the band’s few gigs say they were electrifying. Neil would stop playing lead, do a harp solo, throw the harmonica way up in the air and Ricky would catch it and continue the solo.”

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