NEIL YOUNG – ” Hitchhiker “

Posted: May 31, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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In 1976, Neil Young was hitting the tail end of a remarkable five-year streak which saw him release Harvest, the ‘Ditch Trilogy’ of Time Fades Away, Tonight’s the Night, and On The Beach, surprise success Zuma, and a collaborative album with Stephen Stills.

His 1977 album American Stars ‘N Bars was compiled from two-and-a-half years of disparate studio sessions, and was mostly considered a haphazard failure upon release. At the time nobody knew he was sitting on the excellent Hitchhiker, a nine-song album he recorded in one stoned evening at Indigo Ranch Studios in Malibu then shelved for close to forty years. Hearing him detailing it, he’d probably forgotten about it, too.

Hitchhiker was recorded in 1976 but never released. This long-lost Neil Young album, which was recorded at Malibu’s Indigo Ranch Studios in 1976, is set to be unearthed this summer. A few of the songs, such as ‘Powderfinger’ and ‘Lotta Love’ found homes on subsequent records, but it’ll nice being able to hear the “complete piece” as Neil intended it, when the album comes out. Neil Young fansite Thrashers Wheat stumbled across “Hitchhiker” listed on online with a release date of July 14th. Hitchhiker‘s title track was also officially released in 2010 on Young’s Le Noise album.

An album cover, created by Young’s long-time artistic collaborator Gary Burden and with a credit from art director Jenice Heo, has also been discovered. As Thrasher’s Wheat also points out, the Canadian legend wrote about Hitchhiker in his second memoir Special Deluxe, during which he recalled the recording process.

“I spent the night there with David and recorded nine solo acoustic songs, completing a tape I called Hitchhiker,” he said. “It was a complete piece, although I was pretty stony on it, and you can hear it in my performances.”

He continued: “Dean Stockwell, my friend and a great actor who I later worked on Human Highway as a co-director, was with us that night, sitting in the room with me as I laid down all the songs in a row, pausing only for weed, beer, or coke. Briggs was in the control room, mixing live on his favorite console.”


01. ‘Powderfinger’
02. ‘Hold Back The tears’
03. ‘Human Highway’
04. ‘Hitchhiker’
05. ‘Ride My Llama’
06. ‘Lookout For My Love’
07. ‘Lotta Love’
08. ‘Fontainebleau’
09. ‘Campaigner’

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