Roughly 46 years after it was originally recorded, Neil Young has finally released ‘Homegrown’, the album he described as “the one that got away”.
“I apologize,” Neil wrote on his Neil Young Archives website.
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.”
The album, recorded between 1974-1975, was supposed to be the “unheard bridge between Harvest and Comes a Time”, during a time where he was having marital problems and issues between his Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young bandmates.
He notes that the album contains “a narration, several acoustic solo songs never even published or heard until this release, and some songs played with a great band of my friends,” noting artists Levon Helm and Emmylou Harris were included.
"This album, in vinyl, displays the beauty, feeling and depth of music record in the analog domain, before digital. It’s the perfect example of why I can’t forget how good music used to sound.”
The album is currently available to stream for free from Neil Young’s website here.