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Neil Young's OFFICIAL RELEASE SERIES VOLUME 5 - with an expected release on 14th Jul 2023 - will be a remastered 9 LP boxset and 6 CD boxset.

ORS #22, 23+, 24 & 25

ORS #5 is a collection of four albums:

  • 'FREEDOM' (1989), 
  • 'RAGGED GLORY' (1990), 
  • 'WELD' (1991) 
  • 'ARC' (1991)

'FREEDOM' (1989), 'RAGGED GLORY' (1990), 'WELD' (1991) &
'ARC' (1991)

In addition on 'RAGGED GLORY', the 10-song original album is expanded for this reissue with 4 rare tracks, known as the “Smell The Horse” Edition. “Interstate” and “Don’t Spook The Horse” were both B-sides to singles. “Box Car” and the 12 minute “Born To Run” are both previously unreleased versions.

"Boxcar" originally appeared on "Chrome Dreams II" in 2007 while  "Born To Run" was on the archive album "Dume" as a "Zuma" outtake from 1975.  

You can now listen to “Don’t Spook The Horse” from Ragged GlorySmell The Horse” Edition on

Back in 2018, Neil Young announced that a new, extended Ragged Glory edition will be titled ‘smell the horse,’ with four added tracks.

Subsequently, we learned that Ragged Glory II, will be a double album, released as a stand alone LP in vinyl, CD and High resolution digital.

"We are presenting this in all analog for the first time, remastered from original analog 2 tracks under the loving care of John Hanlon. John has wanted to do this for years and now it’s here, coming in triple vinyl and remastered for CD and Hi Res from the original analog mixes. This will most definitely be the greatest version of this record ever made."

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(See  NYA FIRST LISTEN/WATCH: ‘Way Down In The Rust Bucket’ - Neil Young w/ Crazy Horse )

Also, see Ragged Glory II - Neil Young and Crazy Horse Found Tapes.

Also, see more on Neil Young's Ragged Glory Sound & Equipment - Guitar World, October 2009.

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Neil Young's Ragged Glory Sound & Equipment - Guitar World, October 2009

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More on why Ragged Glory Is The Perfect Summer Album Soundtrack.

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(Also, see Ragged Glory : Massive Discoveries in the vault! | NYA
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In tribute to Crazy Horse, the "3rd Best Garage Band in the World", here's a look back at some highlights:

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At 6/05/2023 11:00:00 AM, Blogger wardo said...

Since the "Don't Spook The Horse" on the upcoming reissue is an alternate mix, that means I gotta hold on to my original 1990 CD single. At the very least I'd like to pick up an EP of just the four tracks, but I will have to wait for a standalone release of the expanded Ragged Glory.

At 6/05/2023 11:28:00 AM, Blogger willforestwater said...

In a music store in Charlottesville in the 90's I found a bootleg Japanese CD that had a great - and at the time - the only version I had ever heard of Box Car. I've kicked myself numerous times since for not buying it, as I've never heard that version again anywhere. I hope that version is what's on this release.

At 6/05/2023 04:15:00 PM, Blogger Richie Cruz said...

C'mon Neil, I need to hear all 17 aborted takes of Mansion On The Hill. I don't know how I can make my way through life without versions of songs that you once deemed weren't good enough. I need to hear these things, no matter the cost.

Feed me, Neil. Feed me.

At 6/06/2023 10:04:00 AM, Blogger Abner Snopes said...

Does anyone know of another version of "Too Far Gone"? I love this song but have only ever heard the Freedom version. Has he played it live?

At 6/06/2023 12:23:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

@ Abner : Yes, Too Far Gone was played live a lot. Live ‘76 Songs for Judy. Personally, I think the song evolved and improved when he dropped the “double dip” of favorite car, favorite bar. The Freedom version is superior.

I don’t think Boxcar is anywhere in this series.

Hopefully Neil & band will do the live summer outdoor music!

Your brother Alan in Seattle

At 6/06/2023 12:34:00 PM, Blogger Ron said...

Neil was playing Too Far Gone as far back as 1976 as part of his acoustic set on the Japan/Europe tour with Crazy Horse. I saw him play it in Glasgow that year. It was quite a surprise when it popped up on Freedom all those years later - at first I didn't realise why it sounded so familiar. You can listen to live versions from that year on Odeon Budukan and Songs For Judy.

Not aware of any other studio versions but you could imagine he might have tried recording it sometime between then and its release. According to Sugar Mountain it has been played live 166 times including on tours with the Shocking Pinks, the International Harvesters, the Lost Dogs, solo with Ben Keith/Poncho, solo and with his Electric Band.

I am very much looking forward to hearing the Ragged Glory version of Interstate. I've had a couple of listens to Don't Spook The Horse and can't get the riff out of my head now.

At 6/06/2023 02:25:00 PM, Blogger Dionys said...

It somehow escapes my understanding: why does one need to have four additional LPs (as compared to the original releases) to publish four additional songs? Scrounging for quality is alright with me but isn't it a common place nowadays that vinyl production capacities are limited? I still have good vinyl copies of "Freedom" and "Weld", and that April 1st CD will do for many years to come. I think I'll wait for the "Smell the Horse" stand-alone release.

At 6/06/2023 02:56:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

This is truly a set of superior releases (including ARC by the way) and deserves a place in any NY collection. Looking forward to hearing it. No complaints here.

Peace 🙏

At 6/06/2023 03:49:00 PM, Blogger Harm said...

There is a version on Dume, Archives Vol. II disc 8, track 14, that has Poncho on Mandolin. Recorded at Broken Arrow.

At 6/06/2023 03:49:00 PM, Blogger Harm said...

It's on Archives Vol. II, Dume disc.

At 6/06/2023 05:22:00 PM, Blogger Dionys said...

@Dan I' m not complaining, rather I am soliciting reasons to justify another box-set. Being beleaguered by several thousands of books, quite a few works of art, antique Roman and Greek artifacts (mostly shards), driftwood objects, photographs in my little box at the top of the stairs I also have to think about posterity. I took my son to Neil Young and Dylan concerts and he is a vinyl collector himself (in his generation that obviously became a matter of social distinction) but I still wonder where all this stuff will go one day.

At 6/06/2023 08:12:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

@ Dionys : Sorry for the misunderstanding, as I didn’t actually read your comment as a complaint. I totally appreciate where you’re coming from. Physical media has its pros and cons but there is definitely a good argument for less stuff overall. With streaming becoming the go to for the masses, I imagine it will fix itself over time. I’m just happy that these particular releases are getting a vinyl box set to go with the others we already have. The complaint comment was directed towards those who seem unhappy with lack of bonus material.

My wife and I are in the process of moving, and we have been working tirelessly to get rid anything that doesn’t serve a useful purpose in our lives. Like many people we have accumulated a ridiculous amount of stuff over the past twenty one years, and we have made a conscious decision to live with less. I must say that the process has been incredibly liberating to say the least. Unfortunately we are both passionate about music, and although we have let much of our collection go over the past few years, Neil Young is just too important for us.

And….. I would absolutely love to see your collection of Roman and Greek artifacts, along with that little box of photographs at the top of the stairs. I totally get it. We humans seem to really enjoy collecting things.

Peace my friend 🙏

At 6/06/2023 08:19:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

P. S. ‘Possession is nine tenths of the problem’
– Dr. Winston O’Boogie aka John Lennon

Peace 🙏

At 6/07/2023 04:48:00 AM, Blogger Ron said...

Oh man, how did I forget about the version of Too Far Gone on Dume?
Thanks @Harm. I must listen to Dume more.
Tempted to say Neil is releasing so much I can't keep track of it, but I fear the reality is my aging memory is better at remembering things from the seventies than things from a couple of years ago. Maybe a bit of both.

At 6/07/2023 04:29:00 PM, Blogger ANDREW BYROM said...

Ordered. Expensive yes but this is the motherload for me, I love all these albums.



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