Neil Young + Crazy Horse Announce ‘Return to Greendale’ Live Album/Film, Out 11/6 (Pre-Order)

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On Nov. 6, Neil Young + Crazy Horse will release Return to Greendale, a live album/concert film documenting the innovative live production Young and his band mates gave its 2003 album, a 10-song rock opera set in a fictitious California sea town.

The album will be available in a few formats:

2-CD (Click here to pre-order from our Rock Cellar Store)
2-LP (Click here to pre-order from our Rock Cellar Store)
Limited Edition Deluxe 2-LP/2-CD/DVD/Blu-ray set (Click here to pre-order from our Rock Cellar Store)

Announced on Wednesday, Return to Greendale came about due to the album’s particular sense of relevance in 2020. Per a news release, the songs and performance remain topical as ever, powered by themes of environmentalism, corruption, and the destructive effects of capitalism. Featuring Young’s trusty partners Crazy Horse, the Toronto recording captures the epic experience of Young’s immersive, small-town rock opera. The multimedia exploit seamlessly blended Young’s powerful lyrics and Crazy Horse’s heavy blues thrash with musical theatre, as actors joined the band onstage to play out Greendale’s narrative as it unfolded. Like Greendale itself, the show eschews elaborate production in favor of a ragged and rough-hewn feel that does right by its source material. 

Additional details about the limited-edition Deluxe box set edition:

The limited-edition deluxe box set includes a Blu-ray of the full concert, two LPs and two CDs, and a DVD of Inside Greendale, a documentary capturing the making of the album. It will also be available separately on double vinyl, a two-CD set, and digitally on Neil Young Archives (NYA) and at all major DSPs. Inside Greendale features footage of Young and Crazy Horse in the studio, mixed with segments from 2003’s Greendale fictional film. Both Inside Greendale and the concert film are directed by Bernard Shakey and produced by L.A. Johnson (Human Highway, Rust Never Sleeps).

Here’s a short flashback to the Greendale tour:

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