Neil Young’s Archive website confirms that an expanded double-length reissue of Ragged Glory will be released in the coming year, after producer John Hanlon rediscovered more of the original recordings.
“Listening to these tracks is a real head scratcher,” Neil Young Archives wrote.
They are equal to anything on the existing record, maybe better. Possibly, the thought at the time was to have a single album and not include the songs from the last half of the unique ‘set oriented’ recording sessions.
Explaining the “unique” nature of those sessions, the statement added:
The band played a set of songs twice a day at Plywood Analog for a couple of weeks, then went back, listened and chose best tracks after the two weeks were up. … The same tracks were never repeated in a recording set, played only once as [a] set. … No repeats. This approach took ‘analysis’ out of the game during the sessions, allowing the Horse not to think; thinking is deadly for the Horse.
Titled Ragged Glory II, the double album will contain 38 more minutes of music in vinyl, compact disc and digital formats. A 2019 release was described as probable; “other announced projects” could be delayed as a result.