Neil Young is opening up the doors to his vault, offering fans a chance to vote for which record will serve as his next archival release.
Earlier this month, Canadian rock icon Neil Young revealed to his legions of fans that he was planning to finally unleash a number of unheard albums for all to hear.
Releasing via his Neil Young Archives site, the decision was made after a fan wrote to Young, informing him that his 76-year-old Uncle Eddie is hoping to get a chance to hear the treasure trove of unreleased material before his failing health gets the better of him.
“He says guys like him won’t be around much longer and wish to hear this stuff before it’s too late,” the fan explained.
“If it’s a marketing or financial decision to hold this stuff back, he wants you to know that he can’t buy it if he’s dead, and neither can all the others of his generation who would be/are your customers (for now, while they are still here).”
Clearly moved by the plight of Uncle Eddie (which sounds like a Neil Young song title), the rocker revealed that he would be opening the floodgates in 2020 and sharing a bunch of records for subscribers of his site.
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Now, Neil Young has taken to his website to give fans a chance to vote for what treasure from the vault they’ll be hearing next.
“We have these projects in the can right now,”he explained on his website. “We will be asking subscribers only to vote for their top three choices from this list.
“Watch for the official NYA announcement and your personal link to vote for what you think we should work on next for the fastest release of your favorite projects.”
So what’s on offer? Well, there’s a massive list of 29 various releases ranging from the ’60s until 2019, each of varying degrees of rarity for fans.
While there’s numerous live records with Crazy Horse, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, and the Stray Gators, there’s also a bunch of concert films and documentaries up for grabs as well.
Notably, fans also have the chance to hear Toast, 2001’s unreleased album with Crazy Horse, and solo records such as Oceanside Countryside, Island In The Sun, and the highly sought-after Trans.
Interestingly though, Young also lists Homegrown as one of the releases which fans can vote for, despite claiming last week that this would be the first cab off the rank in 2020.
While hardcore fans will likely share their desire to hear these unreleased albums at some point, we’re definitely keen to hear Neil Young’s Mirror Ball concert from Dublin in 1995, which saw him team up with Pearl Jam following a year of recording with the grunge icons.
If you want to have your say on what Young releases next, you’ll need to be signed up to his Neil Young Archives website as a subscriber. Check out an in-depth look of these potential releases over at Rolling Stone, or peruse a brief list of them below
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Neil Young’s Unreleased Projects:
Stratford Shakespeare Theater Solo Performance – 1971
Greendale Live With Crazy Horse – 2003
Greendale Live at Vicar Street Solo – 2003
Toast – Unreleased Crazy Horse LP – 2001
Mountaintop – 2019
Catalyst – 1990
Alchemy – 2012/2013
Early Daze – 1960s
Harvest Time With Stray Gators – 1971
Mirror Ball – Dublin 1995
Desert Trip – 2016
Monsanto Years – 2014
Trunk Show – 2009
Lincvolt Chronicles 1-5
Tower Theater Philadelphia Solo – 2018
Polar Vortex – 2019
Homegrown – 1975
Chrome Dreams – 1977
Berlin Trans Band – 1982
Oceanside Countryside – 1976-1977
Boarding House Solo – 1978
Island In The Sun – 1982
Trans – 2020
Bottom Live Solo – 1974
Over The Rainbow Live: Tonight’s The Night – 1973
Odeon Budokan – 1976
Ducks Live In Santa Cruz – 1977
Homefires – 1974
CSNY At Fillmore East – 1970