NEIL YOUNG – ” Barn “

Posted: October 13, 2021 in MUSIC
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More than 50(!) years after Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s first record together, “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere”, came out, the musician and band again join forces for “Barn“, whose title doubles as the recording site: a restored 19th-century barn located deep in the Rockies. And as lead single “The Song Of The Seasons” immediately establishes, the rolling Americana and signature tenor are all there, once more backed by his able bandmates. An accompanying film will provide a more in-depth look, but, as always with Young, the music is the draw.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse are to release a new album, “Barn”, on December 10th. The songwriter announced the project through his Neil Young Archives site, issuing the track “Song of the Seasons” as a digital stream for subscribers. “Lookin’ through a wavy glass window / In this old place by the lake,” he sings on the cut. “In the colours of the falling leaves / I see that nature makes no mistake.”

Young writes that the song, the “oldest” on “Barn”, was “written in Canada about a year ago.” He adds, “There was a recording of the song done in my hometown that is the earliest. This is the first one with Crazy Horse! It starts the album.”

“Song of the Seasons” — produced by Young and Niko Bolas features the front man on vocals, guitar and harmonica; Nils Lofgren on accordion and vocals; Billy Talbot on bass and vocals; and Ralph Molina on drums and vocals. Young previewed the album’s recording sessions back in June, writing on the NYA that “we are so happy to be back in the barn, a barn built to replicate the 1850s barn that had collapsed in exactly the same place, high in the mountains of Colorado!”

In addition to “Barn” which follows 2019’s “Colorado” the former Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young member has been active recently with archival projects, releasing shelved studio material (1975’s “Homegrown“) and live records (1971’s “Young Shakespeare“, 1990’s “Way Down in the Rust Bucket”.) He’s also previewed a massive amount of other music, including 1982’s “Johnny’s Island” (previously titled “Island in the Sun“), the album that “Trans” replaced in his catalogue

Neil Young and Crazy Horse, ‘Barn’ Track Listing
1. “Song Of The Seasons”
2. “Heading West”
3. “Change Ain’t Never Gonna”
4. “Canerican”
5. “Shape Of You”
6. “They Might Be Lost”
7. “Human Race”
8. “Tumblin’ Thru The Years”
9. “Welcome Back”
10. “Don’t Forget Love”

The album is available on CD, vinyl and similar to previous Neil Young releases there’s a lift-off lid box set (a “numbered first pressing”) which brings together CD, vinyl and blu-ray. The blu-ray is a film of the band performing the songs live, directed by Daryl Hannah (aka Mrs Neil Young).

All the formats are available via Young’s ‘Greedy Hand’ shop, which also offers the blu-ray as a standalone product.

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