After 45 years, the 74-year-old rock veteran is set to release the acoustic album that was initially intended to come out “a couple of years” after his breakthrough 1972 album Harvest.
For the most part, the songs were written and recorded shortly after the Toronto-born musician’s breakup with actor Carrie Snodgress, who died in 2004. As a result of his feelings, he decided to shelf the album and release 1975’s Tonight’s the Night instead.
“Sometimes life hurts,” he added, “You know what I mean. This is the one that got away.”
The record was initially scheduled for an April 17 release worldwide, however, was postponed as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Though 12-track album has not yet been released, Young repurposed some of its songs — including Star of Bethlehem (1977), 1979’s Little Wing and This Old Homestead, as well as White Line from the Ragged Glory album (1990).
Young revealed that other than being restored from the original master tapes by John Hanlon that the songs were untouched.
To celebrate the upcoming release, he also released Try as a first taste of the unheard album.
Homegrown features contributions from drummers Levon Helm and Karl T. Himmel, vocals from Emmylou Harris and Ellen Talbot, bass tracks by Tim Drummond, guitars by Robbie Robertson and piano work from both Stan Szelest and Joe Yankee.
“Anyway, it’s coming your way in 2020, the first release from our archive in the new decade. Come with us into 2020 as we bring the past,” concluded Young in his statement.
The lead single, Try, is now available through all major streaming platforms.
Homegrown will be released worldwide via Reprise Records on June 19.
For additional details, you can visit the official Neil Young Archives website.
- Separate Ways
- Love is a Rose
- We Don’t Smoke it No More
- White Line
- Little Wing
- Star of Bethlehem