The lost and long yearned for Neil Young album Homegrown has finally arrived.
The record was recorded across 1974 and 1975, but was ultimately shelved as Young deemed it too “personal.” Last year, Young announced that the record would soon see the light of day.
“I apologize. This album Homegrown should have been there for you a couple of years after Harvest,” Young revealed.
“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.”
The luscious and expansive record features drumming from Levon Helm and Karl T Himmel, vocals from Emmylou Harris and contributions from Robbie Robertson, Ben Keith, Tim Drummond, and Stan Szelest.
The analogue mixes of the album were restored and remastered using analog equipment by John Hanlon. Young has deemed the record to be “the missing link between Harvest, Comes A Time, Old Ways, and Harvest Moon.”
You can listen to Homegrown here.
In other news, Neil Young recently took to his website to pen an open letter reflecting on the Black Lives Matter movement, and the Donald Trump presidency.
The op-ed, entitled Hope, has seen Young unpack his feelings about this pivotal moment in American history. The letter brims with promise, with Young revealing that he believes the U.S. will be a “better country” after Donald Trump is finished “fanning the flames” of the Black Lives Matter protests.
“My black brothers and sisters have suffered long enough. White Supremacy is over but it will not die young,” he mused. “It will linger, but make no mistake. It is going to go and it’s already going.”