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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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‘Déjà Vu Alternates’ from Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, is a recreation of their immensely popular second album, Déjà Vu featuring alternate versions of songs which appeared on the original album. The iconic album which featured “Teach Your Children,” “Woodstock,” “Our House,” and “Helpless,” will showcase these alternate versions on vinyl for the first time and feature a cover that mirrors the original album with an alternate photo from the cover shoot. Pressed on 180 gram black vinyl and limited to 10,000 copies, get yours in stores starting July 17th as part of Record Store Day Drops.

One year after its actual golden anniversary, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s Déjà Vu will be receiving a 50th Anniversary deluxe edition with hours of rare and unreleased studio recordings. The March 17th, 2021 announcement described the original as “the most-anticipated new album in America in 1970.” The album includes such legendary songs.  Rhino will be releasing an expansive 4-CD/1-LP collection on May 14th that includes a “pristine” version of the original album on both 180-gram vinyl and CD, plus hours of rare and unreleased studio recordings “that provide incredible insight into the making of the record.” 

You can also listen to the outtake “Ivory Tower” and the previously unreleased demo for “Birds,” recorded during the sessions. On the new edition, the March 11th, 1970 album’s original 10 tracks are joined by 38 more to add nearly two-and-a-half hours of music that includes demos, outtakes, and alternate takes – most of which are previously unreleased. Among them is “Know You Got to Run,” the first song the quartet recorded during its first session on July 15th at the house Stills was renting from Peter Tork in Studio City.

“Ivory Tower” was one of Stills’ contributions to the Déjà Vu sessions that was ultimately left off of the final album. The song morphed and changed over the years, and was eventually released on a later Stills’ solo project as “Little Miss Bright Eyes.”

Other unreleased highlights include the demo for Crosby’s “Almost Cut My Hair”; Stills’ outtake for “Bluebird Revisited”; and Young’s alternate version of “Helpless” featuring harmonica. Also making its debut on the set is a delightful version of “Our House” that features Nash singing with the song’s inspiration, Joni Mitchell.

This ad for the “Woodstock” single appeared in the March 28th, 1970, issue of Record World

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From the announcement: Déjà Vu: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition will be presented in a 12 x 12 hardcover book. The collection comes illustrated with rarely seen photos from the era and annotated by writer/filmmaker Cameron Crowe, whose revealing liner notes recount the making of the album through stories told by the people who were there, including David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young. On the same day, a deluxe vinyl version will also be available with the full content across 5 LPs of 180-gram vinyl. Crowe recalls in the liner notes that “Déjà Vu caught the zeitgeist perfectly” and “might just be the legendary band’s most accurate portrait of their fiery individualism.” Of this new Deluxe Edition, Crowe says: “50 years later, with the sonic aperture fully opened, it’s a wide-screen look at the big picture of Déjà Vu, with more music, including a batch of surprises, unseen photos, and a lot more clarity.”

In 2020, Nash, CSNY’s de facto archivist, said, “it will have a lot of stuff that people have never heard before. We found that the master tapes… are still fresh.”

Déjà Vu Alternates from Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young is a recreation of their immensely popular second album,Déjà Vu, featuring alternate versions of songs which appeared on the original album.  The iconic album which featured “Teach Your Children,” “Woodstock,” “Our House” and “Helpless” will showcase these alternate versions on vinyl for the first time after appearing on CD as part of the box set due in May. It will also feature a cover that mirrors the original album with an alternate photo from the cover shoot.

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For those of us who were unable to grab one of the 3,000 copies of Neil Young‘s Archives Volume II: 1972—1976 box set released last year, the singer-songwriter has thrown us a line. Last week, Neil Young released “Daughters”, a track recorded during the sessions for the “lost” 1975 album “Homegrown”, also released late last year.

Recorded during Young’s mid-1970s heyday, “Daughters” rings like a classic Neil Young folk song that could have been taken from “After The Goldrush” or even “Harvest”. Though Young’s voice and acoustic guitar sit centre stage, the track also hosts guest contributions from Levon Helm on drums, Emmylou Harris on backing vocals, Ben Keith on pedal steel, and Tim Drummond on bass. 

“Daughters” was just one of 12 previously-unreleased tracks on the 131-track, 10-disc Archives Volume II box set which also featured 50 unheard versions of songs. Unfortunately, the 3,000 copies released last year are still the only ones in the world and the only other way to hear Archives Volume II is with a subscription to the Neil Young Archives.

Neil Young, “Daughters” taken from the recording sessions for 1975’s Homegrown.

Just two months after the release of his seminal album “After The Gold Rush”, Neil Young played a solo show at The Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford, CT on January 22nd 1971. The show was filmed and recorded, and the concert shown on German TV later in 1971.

In 2020, while Neil and his team were reviewing his Archive for future projects, Neil re-visited the 16mm film and audio recording of this show that had been preserved in the Archive for almost 50 years. Piecing together the tapes and footage, Neil realized that he had the full concert – the film of which is the earliest live footage of Neil Young performing that is known to exist.

Neil has written on NYA that this show is “superior to our beloved “Massey Hall”. A more calm performance, without the celebratory atmosphere of Massey Hall, captured live on 16mm. “Young Shakespeare” is a very special event. To my fans, I say this is the best ever.”

As an insight into Neil’s prolific song writing at the time, the concert features two songs from the recently released After The Gold Rush but four songs from the classic Harvest album that was still over a year away from being released. The wonderful set list also includes acoustic renditions of favourites such as “Ohio”, “Cowgirl In the Sand”, “Helpless”, “Down By The River” and “Sugar Mountain”.

The ancient analogue tapes have been lovingly restored – resulting in (as Neil says on NYA) “one of the most pure sounding acoustic performances we have in the Archive”.

Young Shakespeare” is being released almost exactly 50 years after the original performance.

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Neil Young is continuing his dive through his vast archives with the release of another “lost” album, 1982’s “Johnny’s Island”

The musician has announced the release on his website, Neil Young Archives, and noted that it will be available “soon.” This latest announcement follows the other archival releases, including his most recent release the Box Set “Archives Vol. 2: 1972—1976” which hosts a trove of unreleased material from a pivotal period in his career. “Johnny’s Island” was recorded at Commercial Recorders in Honolulu,  “Island in the Sun” was recorded in 1982 by the same creative team but rejected as his first LP for Geffen Records. He went on to deliver the controversial “Trans” instead, which featured three tracks that started life on its shelved predecessor with the same group of musicians that helped produce “Trans”, released that same year. A few of the songs originally recorded for Johnny’s Island ended up on “Trans”, including “Like An Inca”, “Hold On To Your Love”, and “Little Thing Called Love”. A note on the Neil Young Archives about Johnny’s Island states,

‘Johnny’s Island’ a complete album now being prepared for release at NYA, includes a majority of unreleased tracks including ‘Big Pearl,’ ‘Island In The Sun,’ and ‘Love Hotel,’ plus others you may have heard before.. it’s a beautiful record coming to you soon.

In 1995, Young discussed the lost album—which had been tentatively titled Island In The Sun—in an interview with Mojo, saying, “It was a tropical thing all about sailing, ancient civilizations, islands and water.”

Additionally, Young has shared a new animated video for “Computer Cowboy”, originally released on Trans. The new video, directed by Willie Nelson‘s youngest son Micah, is set to appear on another project called Trans – The Animated Story. Though Young didn’t go into too much detail on The Animated Story, he did state that it “includes all of the Trans music and characters, telling their whole story.” The project is expected to arrive at some point this year on DVD, Blu-ray. 

This latest “lost” album announcement follows the 2020 release of 1972’s Homegrown which was also rescued from the archives. In addition to Johnny’s Island, Young still has plenty of other projects in progress including his 1990 Crazy Horse concert film and live album Way Down In The Rust Bucket due out on February 26th, a bootleg of his solo debut at Carnegie Hall on 12/5/70 available on May 7th, and many more.

Released in December 1982, Trans was the 12th studio album of Young’s career. It began a series of records that have been described as “puzzling at best,” as Young indulged in the complete artistic control he’d been granted by his new label, including experimenting with synths and vocoders. Geffen sued him after the release of the 1983 follow-up Everybody’s Rockin’, claiming he had delivered “unrepresentative” and “uncharacteristic” albums.

“They told me they wanted me to play rock ‘n’ roll and told me I didn’t sound like Neil Young,” the singer recalled. “So I gave them Everybody’s Rockin’ and said, ‘This is a rock ‘n’ roll album by Neil Young after someone tells him what to do. This is exactly what you said you wanted.’ And we got way into it.” The label eventually apologized.

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Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real added to their Soundcheck Songs video performance series with a live cover of Neil Young‘s lengthy “Like An Inca”, which was shared on Thursday. The latest addition to the country-rock outfit’s ongoing studio series follows the first two videos where they covered Paul Simon‘s “Obvious Child” and Dire Straits‘ “Romeo and Juliet”. Though Young’s original recording clocks in at 9:46 minutes, Nelson and his Promise Of the Real band manage to stretch the song just a tad for their live studio version. The new video presents the band in their studio while also blending in some nature-inspired psychedelic visuals during the 11:30 minute performance.

Young’s “Like An Inca” appears on his 1982 album, Trans. Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real are certainly familiar with the tune as they’ve been Neil’s backing band since 2015. Neil dusted off the song with Promise of the Real for the first time since 1982 in 2016, as per Sugar Mountain. Lukas Nelson & POTR cover Lukas’s song choice of “Romeo and Juliet” by Dire Straits.

The Soundcheck Songs performance sees Micah Nelson — who is a member of Neil Young & POTR — on slide guitar. As per custom with the new series, the cover was chosen by a member of Promise of the Real, which this week was percussionist Tato Melgar. 

Check Out the Platinum Disc for George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass in the background.

After The Gold Rush (50th Anniversary)

Neil Young continues to celebrate his vast catalogue of recordings. Less than two weeks after he announced a limited edition of Neil Young Archives II: 1972-1976, the legend has formally announced a 50th anniversary edition of his 1970 studio album, “After the Gold Rush”. The original, which includes such Young classics as “Southern Man,” “Don’t Let it Bring You Down,” and “Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” is being modestly expanded.

The title is being released on December 11th on CD and can be pre-ordered via the links below. A deluxe vinyl box edition is coming March 19th, 2021.

On October 30th, the day of the announcement, Young shared the previously unreleased original take of “Wonderin’,” recorded with Crazy Horse. The vinyl box set features a variant of the artwork, originally created by Young’s long-time art director, Gary Burden, made in collaboration with artist Jenice Heo, of a solarized image by photographer Joel Bernstein of Young walking in New York against a brick backdrop.

The vinyl set includes a 7″ single in a picture sleeve with two versions of album outtake “Wonderin’.” Side A, originally included in Vol. 1 of his Archives box set, was recorded in Topanga, Calif., in March 1970. The previously released Side B was recorded at Sunset Sound in Hollywood in August 1969. The vinyl edition also includes an exclusive litho print of the album’s front cover. 

After the Gold Rush, originally released on September 19th, 1970, and its follow-up, 1972’s Harvest, were the two most commercially successful albums of Young’s early career. Gold Rush was Young’s third studio album and it arrived amidst a burst of creative activity. Young’s bandmates in Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young would each soon follow with a studio LP of their own, after the March 1970 release of the quartet’s Déjà Vu. Young was signed to Warner Bros. Records’ Reprise label; the others were all with Atlantic.

[The latter is also expected to be receiving an expanded 50th anniversary edition later this year.]

After the Gold Rush 50th Anniversary Edition Tracklist:

Tell Me Why
After the Gold Rush
Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Southern Man
Till the Morning Comes
Oh, Lonesome Me
Don’t Let It Bring You Down
When You Dance I Can Really Love
I Believe in You
Cripple Creek Ferry
Wonderin’ (prev. unreleased version)

The new issue of Rolling Stone magazine in Germany comes with an exclusive Neil Young seven-inch single.

The publication (which is in German, obviously) will come with a cover-mounted vinyl single which features the classic ‘After The Goldrush’ on the A-side and on the B-side ‘Homegrown’, from the Homegrown album (that was finally issued in June). This new issue of the magazine comes out on 29th October 2020.

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It’s been a long time since Neil Young released his last Archives box set.  In the intervening 11 years since Neil released Archives, Volume 1: 1963-1972, fans have endlessly speculated what might be on Volume 2 – or if it might happen at all.

Well, it’s happening.  The 10-CD Neil Young Archives, Volume 2: 1972-1976 box set will be released on November 20th.The links to pre-order are live for the limited, deluxe edition set of 3,000 units which is available exclusively through Neil Young’s Greedy Hand Online Store.  A digital edition will also be available on Neil Young Archives and all major digital services.

On October 23rd, following the quick sell-out of the box set, Neil announced on NYA’s Times Contrarian that slimmer editions will follow in the year to come.  This will be welcome news to those who may have missed out on the high-demand box set. His full statement is as follows:

Reprise Records, my record company for about 50 years, underestimated the demand for Archives VOLUME II. We were all surprised. It is a beautiful package that I am proud to have made for you. I do feel badly that we did not deliver it to many who were waiting so long for it. We don’t feel that offering more of a product sold as a limited edition is a good thing to do. Thank you to all who purchased this set.

In 2021 we will be offering more Archives VOLUME II products as Reprise had originally planned, available in all outlets. These, while not the boxed set, will offer all of the of the music and discs with a smaller book. The original large book will be available for separate sale. Thanks! NYA

In its limited edition box set format, Archives, Volume 2is sequenced chronologically to spotlight the astonishingly prolific period lovingly referred to as the Ditch Years.  The box contains a staggering 131 tracks from Neil’s personal archive.  Of those, 12 songs have never been released by Neil in any form before, a further 49 songs are presented in previously unheard versions.  And though recent releases Homegrown, Tuscaloosaand Roxy: Tonight’s The Night Live are all repeated here, there’s plenty of completely unheard material to satisfy any fan of this era.

The discs are packaged in a deluxe box similar in size to the Archives Vol. 1 Blu-ray box set (though do note there will only be CDs in this volume!).  The discs are housed in individual card sleeves and are presented alongside a 252-page book full of rare photos, memorabilia, and archival material.  You’ll also get a timeline and tape database reference and a Neil Young Archives “file cabinet poster.”  This deluxe box set will be limited to only 3,000 copies.  worldwide.  That’s right, Neil has launched new web stores for Canada and the UK.  This should help alleviate those long shipping times, fees, and other grievances that come with ordering abroad, plus each webstore will have its own dedicated customer service team.

If that weren’t enough, you’ll also get access to high-resolution 24-bit/192kHz digital files of all 131 tracks, and a free one-year membership to Neil Young Archives.Let’s take a look at what’s inside!

The box begins with Everybody’s Alone, a disc of tracks recorded in the wake of Harvest and into 1973.  A sort of alternate version of Time Fades Away, the disc includes unreleased versions of that song, “L.A.,” “The Loner,” “Monday Morning” (otherwise known as “Last Dance”), “The Bridge,” and “Human Highway.”  The long-awaited unreleased tracks “Letter From ‘Nam,” “Come and Say You Will,” “Goodbye Christmas on the Shore,” and “Sweet Joni” round out the disc.

CD 2 contains Tuscaloosa, the 2019 release that features 11 songs from Neil Young and The Stray Gators’ set at the University of Alabama in February 1973.  It’s followed by an expanded Tonight’s The Night featuring an unheard jam on “Speaking Out,” an alternate version of “Everybody’s Alone,” and – very surprising given her stance on outtakes – the long-rumored jam between Neil Young and Joni Mitchell on “Raised On Robbery.”  The song from her Court and Spark album is said to be treated completely differently here.  “It kicks ass…” Neil says in his book, Waging Heavy Peace.  “It was funkier than anything she has ever cut. A total gem!”  Next up, CD 4 includes an expanded Roxy: Tonight’s The Night Live.  Originally released in 2018, these raw live versions are supplemented with a live cut of “The Losing End.”

An alternate On The Beach follows on the fifth CD, called Walk On.  In addition to the studio cuts that we’ve known for decades, it includes the unreleased song “Greensleeves,” an alternate version of “Traces,” and a Beach-era outtake of what must be Neil’s favorite, “Bad Fog of Loneliness.”

CD 6 is called This Old Homestead and seems to mirror Young’s vision for what he called Homefires.  A companion to the recently released Homegrown (which itself appears as CD 7), Homestead features tracks that were prepared for that album alongside songs intended for CSNY’s brief and tumultuous reunion.  It’s a disc that’s full of sought-after material, including “L.A. Boys and Ocean Girls” (which became part of Zuma‘s “Danger Bird”), an unreleased version of “Pushed It Over the End,” “Changing Highways.”  The clutch of Homegrown outtakes includes unheard versions of “Love/Art Blues,” “Give Me Strength,” “Bad News Comes to Town,” plus the never-before-heard songs “Homefires,” “Frozen Man,”  and “Daughters.”  The unreleased music continues on CD 8, Dume, which collects classics from Zuma and eight session outtakes, including the unreleased “Born To Run” (an original song, not the Bruce Springsteen classic).  CD 9, Look Out For My Love, brings together songs from the aborted CSNY album that became The Stills-Young Band’s Long May You Run, plus tracks that were eventually released on American Stars ‘n’ Bars and Comes A Time.

The set closes out with a collection that Neil has been teasing for years, Odeon Budokan.  The 10-track disc presumably mirrors an original track listing for a proposed live album featuring a resurrected Crazy Horse.  It features a blend of acoustic and electric material, recent songs and fan favourites from across his career.  Among them are “After The Gold Rush,” “Cowgirl in the Sand,” “Old Man” as well as “Lotta Love,” “Stringman,” “Too Far Gone,” and more.

You can make your purchase of Neil Young Archives, Volume 2: 1972-1976 at the Greedy Hand Online Store at Neil Young Archives – and get a taste of what you’ll get with these unboxing videos and trailers.

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In November of 1991, Neil Young told Rolling Stone about his ambitious plans to dig into his archives and release “eighteen to twenty albums’ worth of unreleased material” in some form or another. “We can’t put it all out,” Young said. “But it will be like an archive. There will be a lot of detail, things you wouldn’t usually find on a box set. I’m not so much concerned with how or when it comes out but that it’s in order. I want to do that myself. And I only have so much time to do these things.”

Well, it took him nearly 30 years, but Young’s vision has finally been realized on the revolutionary Neil Young Archives interactive website and app. Not only can fans hear every song in his catalogue with significantly better sound quality than the offerings on Spotify and Apple Music thanks to the Xstream streaming platform (which utilizes a 192-kHz/24-bit sample rate), but there’s also an interactive timeline packed with unseen video, photographs and lyric manuscripts from throughout his entire career. There’s also the Times-Contrarian newspaper where Young and his team post regular news updates and respond to fan letters.

The Neil Young Archives was initially free and anyone can still browse through it, but late last year he opened it up for paid subscribers ($1.99 a month/$19.99 a year) that allows complete access to the site and exclusive early access to concert tickets for all of his shows. Subscribers can also watch livestreams of select concerts and watch vintage Neil Young movies in the Hearse Theater, including films like Muddy Track and Solo Trans that are practically impossible to find anywhere else.

Ahead of his “Archives Volume 2″ box-set release, Neil Young has officially dropped a previously unreleased version of ‘Powderfinger’.  While we can access the era vicariously on various platforms and with tangible items like records, sometimes there’s nothing like new music, or a re-release. One of the latest pieces of re-release news comes from legendary rock artist, Neil Young, who in 2020 is continuing to keep on rocking in the free world.

Right now, a previously unreleased version of Neil Young’s ‘Powderfinger’ is available The ‘Powderfinger’ re-release further ramps up the hype of his upcoming special release, with Young recently announcing the complete track list from his highly-anticipated Archives Volume 2 Box-set. You can pencil the release date in for Friday, November 20th. Right now we’re still waiting on further details, but for now you can catch up on other great Neil Young music news here or listen to the previously unreleased version of ‘Powderfinger’ .

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The deluxe edition box set of Archives Volume II: 1972-1976 contains 10 CDs with 131 tracks, including 12 songs that have never been released in any form, and 49 new unreleased versions of Young’s classics—studio and live recordings, both solo and with Crazy Horse (Odeon Budokan), The Stray Gators (Tuscaloosa), the Santa Monica Flyers (Roxy: Tonight’s the Night Live), Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and The Stills Young Band. It also includes a 252-page hardbound book with hundreds of previously unseen photographs, additional archival materials, a partial tape database, a detailed description of the music, a fold-out timeline of the period.

In addition, each purchase includes the hi-res 192/24 digital files of all 131 tracks, as well as a free one-year membership to the Neil Young on-line archives. The box also includes a massive poster Box sets are strictly limited worldwide to 3,000 units and available exclusively from NYA’s Greedy Hand store only.

Neil Young Archives Volume II – 10 Disc Retrospective The Limited Edition, 10 Disc Box Set includes: 131 Tracks with 12 Previously Unreleased Songs & 49 Previously Unheard Versions 252 Page Hardcover Book with Hundreds of Photos Full-length Archives Poster Releases November 20th, 2020

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Neil Young isn’t releasing his 10-disc collection Archives Volume 2: 1972-1976 until November 22nd, but paid subscribers of The Neil Young Archives website now have access to the previously unreleased song “Come Along and Say You Will.” The tune was recorded at Young’s Broken Arrow Ranch on December 15th, 1972 with drummer Kenny Buttrey, bassist Tim Drummond, and pedal steel guitarist Ben Keith.

Young’s group of musicians were known as The Stray Gators, and also played with on the faultless Harvest in 1972 and the Time Fades Away record from 1973.

‘Come Along and Say You Will’ begins with the pounding lyric “come along and say you will / be the one to change the meaning / of the writing on the wall.” Young later goes on to sing, “I’ll never understand / why walk around a sinner / with a nail through your hand.”

They were weeks away from launching an extensive North American tour where Young would debut several new songs that ultimately wound up on the 1973 live album “Time Fades Away”. “Come Along and Say You Will” didn’t make the cut for Time Fades Away, but it was played at least 11 times during the first month of the tour and live tapes have circulated for years. Nobody has ever heard the studio version prior to this. It’s one of many unheard songs that will appear on Archives Volume 2.

The package begins with material the Stray Gators cut in late 1972 and continues through the Time Fades Away tour, the Tonight’s the Night sessions and tour, the On the Beach and Zuma sessions, and songs he wrote for the Stills-Young Band LP before wrapping up with his 1976 world tour with Crazy Horse.

On November 6th, Young is releasing the live album and movie “Return to Greendale”. Also in the pipeline is a 50th-anniversary edition of After the Gold Rush, official bootlegs taped during a 1970 show at Carnegie Hall and a 1974 gig at the Bottom Line, a 1990 Crazy Horse club gig he’s calling Way Down in the Rust Bucket, and a 2019 European show with Crazy Horse he’s dubbed Noise and Flowers.

Exact dates for most of these releases have yet to be announced, but he hopes they will come at some point in 2021. Young hasn’t played to a live audience since Farm Aid on September 21st, 2019. Earlier this year, he announced plans to bring Crazy Horse to North American arenas. The pandemic forced him to indefinitely delay those plans and he’s largely been holed up at the Colorado home he shares with wife and actress Daryl Hannah. She’s filmed a series of Fireside Sessions acoustic shows on her iPad that show Young playing a series of tunes from throughout his career. The last one was released on July 1st and focused on political songs. It was later released as an EP titled The Times.