Neil Young Plots Release Series for Concert Bootlegs
"We will find them and use the best audio we can locate"
Published May 29, 2020Between the forthcoming Homegrown and his '80s album Road of Plenty, we already have a sense of how deep Neil Young is digging into his vault for archival releases. Now, he'll go even further with the announcement of a new bootleg recording series.
In a post on his Neil Young Archives site, the iconic artist shared plans to collect audio and artwork from past concert bootlegs to repackage them for official release.
He provided an example by highlighting first entry I'm Happy That Y'all Came Down, a bootleg of a 1971 performance at the Los Angeles Music Center Dorothy Chandler Pavilion recorded and released by Rubber Dubber Records.
"The big difference with this NYA Official Bootleg and many in the Official Bootleg series will be that the music is coming from our original master tapes," Young wrote. "We have ripped off all of the original art from the bootlegs. No expense will be spared. The only difference will be the radically better sound from our masters."
He continued, "We are going full bore with our series right now, so write letters in to me with your favorite bootlegs and we will find them and use the best audio we can locate, either from the NYA vaults or somewhere else. Watch for this coming soon. We are building it starting today."
Young will release his long-lost Homegrown album on June 19 through Warner. He rolled out the fifth instalment of his "Fireside Sessions" earlier this month.