As we have been covering for decades (literally), Neil Young's unreleased 1974/5 album Homegrown is coming ... someday. Today, the latest "someday" for Homegrown is now June 19 (more below).
Here's the latest on this oh-so elusive 45+ year old unreleased Neil Young album titled Homegrown. Neil Young Archives is now streaming the song "Try" as "Song of the Day", the first track on the 12 song archival album "Homegrown".
"Try" is one of the seven previously unreleased songs on the album. Background vocals are by Emmylou Harris with drummer Levon Helm, Tim Drummond on bass and Ben Keith on steel guitar. Per a comment below by Wardo:
The info card for Homegrown now has info cards for each track on the album. Star Of Bethlehem is listed as an alternate mix. The album artwork, with recording dates and performer credits, is up too.(Thanks wardo!)
"Homegrown: Never Known to Fail"
Unreleased Neil Young Album
The album "Homegrown" was recorded in 1974 and 1975 and is the "one that got away", Neil writes on NYA. At the time, Neil considered "Homegrown" to be "too personal and frank" to be released and chose to release the album "Tonight's The Night", instead. The Homegrown album has been described by Neil as “the missing link between Harvest, Comes A Time, Old Ways and Harvest Moon”.
"My first ever narration with Ben ‘Longgrain’ Keith and live sound effects. Some beautiful music and fun rockin’ songs as well. This is the one that got away. I am stoked to share this with you.”The official album release is now scheduled for June 19. Pre-orders for the versions on CD, vinyl and as a download start Friday, May 15th.
Neil Young wrote in 2019:
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."
Test Pressing of "Homegrown" by Neil Young
via Neil Young Archives
In January 2020, an image of the test pressing of the album "Homegrown" by Neil Young was posted on Neil Young Archives. The test pressing included a note from Reprise Records saying "This album is incredible!".
"this is the first time in our 50 years working together that I have ever received a test pressing with a message like this".
In April 2019, when answering a letter on NYA, Neil wrote that: "The real 'Homegrown' album is coming out after Tuscaloosa." (More on Homegrown and Other Unreleased Neil Young Albums.)
The track list posted earlier based on rust chatter and John Hanlon's mastering video is now confirmed as:
1. Separate Ways (unpublished)
2. Try (unpublished)
3. Mexico (unpublished)
4. Love Is a Rose
6. Florida (unpublished)
7. Kansas (unpublished)
1. We Don't Smoke It No More (unpublished)
2. White Line
3. Vacancy (unpublished)
4. Little Wing
5. Star of Bethlehem
Most excellent! “Try” is one of my favourite Neil Young piano songs. I had the pleasure of seeing him perform this song live at Massey Hall in Toronto in 2007. I think I heard Neil play a “Try” teaser when he first sat down at the piano during the Fireside Sessions IV.— Sharry Wilson (@SharryWilson) May 13, 2020
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