Neil Young delivered a surprise Christmas present to fans on Saturday with Summer songs, a “lost for years, but not forgotten” LP recorded in 1987 but never released.
The eight-track album, featuring Young on all instruments, featured early versions of songs that would appear later in the 1989s. Freedom (“Wrecking Ball”, “Un jour”, “Hangin ‘on a Limb”), Harvest moon (“One of these days”), Psychedelic pill (“For the Love of Man)” and the 1988 CSNY LP American dream (“American Dream”, “Name of Love”), plus a song, “Last of His Kind,” which Young debuted at Farm Aid 1987 but was never officially released.
“I think you will enjoy this very cool recording,” he wrote to his archive subscribers Neil Young, where Summer songs is currently streaming exclusively. “Now a gift. NYA records reveal the whole story. “American Dream” feels more real than ever. How can something so good go wrong so quickly? Wow, that was a little sad. But things are always going well on the farm, aren’t they? Not so fast. “
Summer songs comes just two weeks after Young and Crazy Horse released their latest album barn. Celebrate, Rolling stone revisited Young’s 100 Greatest Songs.
Young recently spoke to Rolling stone on the balance between his new studio work and his “gigantic” archives. “Volume III is the biggest volume of the three I’ve done so far, almost twice as big as the others, ”he said. “It covers a longer period. I think it has 13 albums. I’m making new albums now. The other Archives, I used to do this album or this album. And there are highlights from the albums, but I go by the period and create a new album around the making of the album that came out.