Neil Young has been busy lately. On top of announcing his upcoming documentary Mountain Top last month, the Canadian artist also revealed plans for reeling through a set of unreleased tracks to out out Homegrown, a collection of vintage recordings from 1975 with a focus in acoustics. Just recently, the artist has dug through the archives and unveiled a long list of never-before-heard music, which encompasses tunes from both live and studio albums.
A total of 29 unreleased projects are seeing the light of day via Young’s website Neil Young Archives, which include live recordings and unheard LPs, like an album of Young’s 1974 set at Bottom Line in New York City. Another example is a song from an animated film by Willie Nelson’s son that was inspired by Young’s 1982 album Trans. Other unreleased albums like Homefires, Chrome Dreams from 1977 and Island In The Sun from 1982 round up the archival releases the artist is finally putting out.
According to Young, fans get to vote on their top three picks from the list: “We have these projects in the can right now. 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.” Though a lot of music is being offered, it appears that all this only scratches the surface of the artist’s vast private collection.
Scroll below for a look at the list of each project and stay tuned for more news on Young’s website for voting details.
Neil Young’s Unreleased Projects:
Stratford Shakespeare Theater, Film/LP (1971) — A solo performance at the Shakespeare Theater in Stratford, Connecticut, on January 22nd, 1971.
Greendale Live w/ Crazy Horse Stage Production, Film/LP (2003) — A film from Young’s tour with Crazy Horse in 2003 during which they performed the rock opera Greendale in full.
Greendale at Vickar Street, Film/LP (2003) — Young’s solo acoustic performance of rock opera Greendale performed in Dublin, Ireland.
Toast w/ Crazy Horse, LP/Limited Film (2001) — An unreleased collaboration between Young and Crazy Horse.
Mountaintop, Film (2019) — A documentary chronicling the making of Young’s newest album COLORADO with Crazy Horse.
Catalyst w/ Crazy Horse, Film/LP (1991) — A rehearsal set for Young and Crazy Horse’s 1991 “Ragged Glory” tour at a club in Santa Cruz on November 13th, 1990.
Alchemy w/ Crazy Horse, Film/LP (2012/2013) — Footage documenting Young and Crazy Horse’s worldwide tour for Alchemy in 2012 and 2013.
Early Daze, LP (1960s) — Some of the first recordings after Young teamed up with Crazy Horse.
Harvest Time, Film/LP (1971) — Film with the Stray Gators during the writing and creation of Harvest.
Mirror Ball Live w/ Pearl Jam, Film/LP (1995) — A concert Young played with Pearl Jam at RDS Simmonscourt in Dublin on August 26th, 1995.
Desert Trip w/ Promise of the Real, Film (2016) — Footage of Young with Promise of the Real from the 2016 Desert Trip festival.
Monsanto Years, Film (2014) — Film chronicling Young and Promise of the Real’s LP The Monsanto Years, recorded in Oxnard, California.
Trunk Show, Film/LP 2009 — A concert film from Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, in December 2019, directed by Jonathan Demme.
Lincvolt Chronicles 1-5 Film — A documentary following Young’s attempt to convert his 1959 Lincoln Continental into a hybrid electric car.
Tower Theater Film/LP (2018) — A solo acoustic performance from Young at Philadelphia’s Tower Theater, featuring several rarely played tunes.
Polar Vortex Film/LP (2019) — Multiple live concerts Young performed throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota in January 2019 as the midwest was hit with a polar vortex.
Homegrown LP (1975) — A mostly acoustic LP Young recorded in 1975 and decided to shelf in place of Tonight’s the Night. (Already tapped for release.)
Chrome Dreams LP (1977) — Another record Young made in the 1970s and never released.
Berlin w/ Trans Band Film/LP (1982) — A concert shot during the 1982 Trans tour, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg.
Oceanside Countryside LP (1976/1977) — An additional never-released LP from the ’70s, featuring tunes that made it onto other future albums such as “Comes a Time” and “My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)”.
Boarding House Film/LP (1978) — Several acoustic shows Young played at San Francisco’s Boarding House in the late ’70s, featuring several songs that landed on the album Rust Never Sleeps.
Island In The Sun LP (1982) — An unreleased album made shortly before Trans, featuring familiar songs like “Soul of a Woman” and “Like an Inca”.
Trans animated film (2020) — An upcoming movie made by Micah Nelson inspired by Young’s 1982 record Trans.
Bottom Line LP (1974) — A bootleg recording from Young’s surprise performance at New York’s Bottom Line on May 16th, 1974.
Over The Rainbow Live: Tonight’s The Night LP (1973) — Concert footage from London’s Rainbow Theater on November 5th, 1973.
Odeon Budokan w/ Crazy Horse Film/LP (1976) — Live concert film from Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s tour behind Zuma recorded in London and Japan.
Ducks Live in Santa Cruz LP (1977) — A live album chronicling Young’s 1977 club tour with the Ducks.
Homefires LP (1974) — A mix of solo and band recordings, named after a song Young’s played live many times but has never properly released.
CSNY at Fillmore East Film/LP (1970) — A Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young concert filmed during the supergroup’s heyday in 1970.