Neil Young releases ‘Homegrown,’ nearly 50 years on from its recording

He shelved the album, a product of heartbreak, in the ’70s.

Neil Young has finally released the album Homegrown, nearly 50 years since it was recorded.

Homegrown has long been the subject of fascination by Young fans as the missing link between his classic albums Harvest and Comes a Time. The album was recorded during 1974 and 1975 across California, Nashville and London. The recordings captured the Canadian-born musician in a fragile state at the end of his relationship with actress Caroline Snodgress, which was why Young shelved the album and moved on to promote Tonight’s the Night instead.

Young apologized to fans for consigning Homegrown to the vault for so long in a letter published last year by the Neil Young Archives. He wrote: “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. Anyway, it’s coming your way in 2020, the first release from our archive in the new decade.”

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The 12-track album was set to be released for this year’s Record Store Day, but the coronavirus pandemic delayed the annual event. This left Young to release the album on June 19. Young’s last LP was 2019’s Colorado, his 13th record with Crazy Horse.

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