Neil Young may be 72, but it’s clear that he’s living up to his “better to burn out than to fade away” mantra. The grunge pioneer is set to launch a new live album, Songs for Judy, that consists of solo acoustic performances culled from his November 1976 US tour with Crazy Horse.
It’s a 23-track compilation curated by photographer Joel Bernstein and writer/director Cameron Crowe, and features raw renditions of classics such as “Heart of Gold,” “After the Gold Rush,” “The Needle and the Damage Done,” and a previously unreleased version of “No One Seems to Know.”
Ahead of the album’s release in November, Young has shared the single, “Campaigner.” It’s taken from a set performed at Boston’s Music Hall on November 22, 1976, and captures Young’s immaculate delivery of the Richard Nixon-affiliated ballad.
Songs for Judy also marks Young’s latest project in a string of many this year. From featuring in the film Paradox, to prepping an animated film, to embarking on a six-date solo tour with Crazy Horse, it’s fair to say the 72-year-old singer has not dulled with age.
The album is out November 30 on CD and digital platforms, and December 14 on vinyl. Meanwhile, stream “Campaigner” here: