Neil Young Announces Release Of 1974’s Legendary Unheard Album, Homegrown

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Neil Young Announces Release Of 1974’s Legendary Unheard Album, Homegrown

Posted 15 May 2020
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Neil Young, 1974. Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images.

Almost forty-six years after first recording his Homegrown album, Neil Young has announced he will finally be releasing it next month. Over the decades, the myth of this mysterious collection has become the stuff of legend amongst Young fans, making it one of the most storied and sought-after of his many albums. Pre-order it here!

Homegrown was recorded in analog in 1974 and mixed to original stereo analog master tapes, which have been restored with love and care by John Hanlon, and mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, ensuring that Homegrown has remained a completely original album.

This album is the unheard bridge between Harvest and Comes A Time.”  Young explained in a letter on the Neil Young Archives website. Homegrown was originally intended to come out in 1975 before Young cancelled the release – until now. Young describes Homegrown as “the one that got away” in the Archives letter:

“I apologize. This album Homegrown should have been there for you a couple of years after Harvest. It’s the sad side of a love affair. The damage done. The heartache. I just couldn’t listen to it. I wanted to move on. So I kept it to myself, hidden away in the vault, on the shelf, in the back of my mind….but I should have shared it. It’s actually beautiful. That’s why I made it in the first place. Sometimes life hurts. You know what I mean. This is the one that got away.” 

“Levon Helm is drumming on some tracks, Karl T Himmel on others, Emmylou Harris singing on one, Robbie Robertson plays on one.  Homegrown contains a narration, several acoustic solo songs never even published or heard before and some great songs played with a band of my friends, including Ben Keith – steel and slide – Tim Drummond – bass and Stan Szelest – piano. Anyway, it’s coming your way in 2020, the first release from our archive in this new decade. Come with us into 2020 as we bring you the past.” 

The album is made up of twelve studio tracks, of which seven are previously unreleased - “Separate Ways,” “Try,” “Mexico,” “Kansas,” “We Don’t Smoke It No More,” “Vacancy” and “Florida” (a spoken word narration). You’ll also get to hear the very first recordings of “Homegrown” and “White Line”.   “Little Wing,”  “Love Is A Rose,”,” and “Star Of Bethlehem” – different mixes of which would all later appear on other Neil Young albums. 

 

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This long-lost album is THE missing link in Young’s incomparable catalogue! Homegrown will be released on all formats on June 19th. Pre-order now to receive an instantly downloadable sneak-peek of the previously unreleased album track, “Try” – here. 

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