Neil Young shares “Campaigner” from new live album

‘Songs of Judy’ collects intimate acoustic recordings from his famed ’76 fall tour.

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.

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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:

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