Neil Young (Finally) Releases Long-Lost 1970s Album ‘Homegrown’ — Stream it Now

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After decades of circulating in unofficial, bootleg format, the album Homegrown has finally been released by Neil Young. The album has an official release date of Friday, June 19, but Young has made the album streamable two days early via his Neil Young Archives website — click here to listen. 

The LP will be made available on all platforms on Friday, and comes with much anticipation. Recorded in 1974-75, the Homegrown album sessions are the stuff of legend, with the iconic singer/songwriter being joined in the studio by Levon Helm, Karl T Himmel, Robbie Robertson, Emmylou Harris, Tim Drummond, Ben Keith and Stan Szelest.

Said Neil Young in a statement apologizing for the lengthy delay in Homegrown seeing the light of day:

“I apologize. This album Homegrown should have been there for you a couple of years after Harvest. 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. Recorded in analog in 1974 and early 1975 from the original master tapes and restored with love and care by John Hanlon.  Levon Helm is drumming on some tracks, Karl T Himmel on others, Emmylou Harris singing on one, Homegrown contains a narration, several acoustic solo songs never even published or heard until this release and some great songs played with a great band of my friends, including Ben Keith – steel and slide – Tim Drummond – bass and Stan Szelest – piano. 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.”

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