Neil Young has supplied the first taste of his forthcoming archive album Homegrown with the song, Try. The album, which has been “hidden for decades”, was recorded in 1974, was described by Young to be “the unheard bridge between Harvest and Comes A Time”. Take a listen above.
On his website, Young revealed that the lost-long record’s 1974 master tapes were at first deemed irreparable and unlikely to be used in an analogue mix and mastering process. “We were told that this was impossible now, the Homegrown tapes were too damaged to use; we had to use digital.”
However, adhering to his staunch analogue philosophy, Young would disagree with those claims – “We didn’t agree.” He wrote, “We did not accept. We painstakingly restored the analogue masters of Homegrown.”
Young has called Homegrown as “the unheard bridge” between 1972’s Harvest and 1978’s Comes A Time. The album was considered to be “too personal and revealing to expose” at the time of its creation, as Young explained in a letter to fans, “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.”
Homegrown – which arrives 46 years after its conception – will finally see the light of release day on 19 June, and unsurprisingly, will have a vinyl release.
Meanwhile, Road Of Plenty, Young’s other archive release, is slated for 2021.