Neil Young Plans to Beat the Bootleggers With His Own Series

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“Write letters in to me with your favorite bootlegs and we will find them and use the best audio we can locate,” artist says

Neil Young is taking a page from the Bob Dylan playbook by creating his own version of the Bootleg Series. He has yet to roll out exact details, but the plan is to take famous concert bootlegs, track down the actual master recordings and release them himself via his website.“We are going full bore with our series right now, so write letters in to me with your favorite bootlegs and we will find them and use the best audio we can locate, either from the NYA vaults or somewhere else,” he wrote. “Watch for this coming soon. We are building it starting today.”

“We have ripped off all of the original art from the bootlegs,” he wrote on the Neil Young Archives. “No expense will be spared. The only difference will be the radically better sound from our masters.”

Recently this week, Neil Young plays the title track from his upcoming archive release Homegrown (due June 19), along with “Tumbleweed”, “Harvest”, “Old Man”, “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere” and “War Of Man”

Even though Homegrown was completed in 1975, Young declined to release the album after deciding it was too personal for him to deal with at the time.Watch the video here

 

 

Neil Young has released the latest edition of his Fireside Sessions – this time retitled Barnyard Sessions, given that he plays most of the songs surrounded by chickens.

“Homegrown vinyl in the house right now. Finished records!” he wrote on his website. “Homegrown is all analog! The purest sound. Hear the vinyl. Get a nice phonograph player. This is the record to do that on! My first ever narration with Ben ‘Longgrain’ Keith and live sound effects. Some beautiful music and fun rocking’ songs as well. This is the one that got away. I am stoked to share this with you.”

Neil Young Plots ‘After the Gold Rush’ 50 Release, 1971 Concert FilmAlbum might be paired with film of solo, acoustic concert recorded in 1971

According to Rolling Stone Neil Young’s 1970 masterpiece After the Gold Rush turns 50 in September and, according to a new post on the Neil Young Archives, Reprise Records is planning a deluxe rerelease to celebrate. It’ll be the first album in Young’s catalog to receive such a treatment.

The album might be paired with a concert filmed at the Shakespeare Theater in Stratford, Connecticut, on January 22nd, 1971, just three days after his famous performance at Massey Hall in Toronto. “While Massey Hall was a homecoming for me and meant so much a the time, luckily recorded on a 7.5 ips tape recorder by David Briggs — it was not filmed,” Young writes. “At the time, Massey Hall was for me my best early acoustic performance to date. A triumph! A celebration! That’s how I felt at the time.”

 

 

Neil Young shared a New Year’s Day note offering fans an update on some of the archival projects he’s prepping for 2020. “These pieces are a labor of love,” Young wrote on Neil Young Archives. “Every morning I wake up with a full plate of things to do to keep me off the street and as a result, off the road. It’s good to stop and regroup, gather energy and openness for what could be next.” Rolling Stone reported today

Young said they’re in the “final editing stages” of Greendale Live, and added of the show itself, “We took it all around North America in 2003, set up that massive set over 80 times. Now we are preparing it to share through NYA and theaters. A Greendale Live album will be part of the release.”

As for Way Down in the Rust Bucket, Young didn’t offer any new updates about the project, which he announced back in September. At the time, Young said his archival team had unearthed “a one of a kind” Crazy Horse Show at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz, California, produced and directed by LA Johnson and recorded by J. Hanlon.

Young is also set to finally drop his unreleased album, Homegrown, this year. Young announced the album’s arrival back in November, but in a quick update at the end of December, he shared a photo of the vinyl test pressing and said Homegrown would be his first release on Reprise in 2020. An exact release date, however, has yet to be announced.

 

 

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