Young, Neil: Homegrown LP
When it comes to Homegrown, the long-lost album fans have wanted to hear for decades finally available on vinyl LP and remastered from the original analog master tapes, Neil Young puts it best: "This album is the unheard bridge between Harvest and Comes a Time." Recorded between June 1974 and January 1975, Homegrown was intended to come out in 1975 before Young cancelled the release. The record has remained unreleased until now, achieving a legendary status among fans in the process. It's made up of twelve Young originals, 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). Also included are the first recordings of "Love Is A Rose," "Homegrown," "White Line, "Little Wing," and "Star Of Bethlehem" – different versions of which would all later appear on other Young albums. "This album, Homegrown, should have been there for you a couple of years after Harvest," Young explains. "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. 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." Young plays solo on some tracks (guitar, piano and harmonica), and is joined by a band of friends on other tracks, including Levon Helm, Ben Keith, Karl T Himmel, Tim Drummond, Emmylou Harris and Robbie Robertson. Recorded in analog, and mastered from the original master tapes, this long-lost album is a wonderful addition to Young's incomparable catalog and in the finest-possible fidelity on LP.