Neil Young’s Lost Album “Homegrown” Is Now Streaming

Fans have been waiting for the record since 1975

Neil Young performs on stage at Hammersmith Odeon, London, 28th March 1976
Neil Young in 1976. His album "Homegrown" from the year before is finally streaming.
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By Bonnie Stiernberg / June 17, 2020 12:17 pm

Neil Young’s lost 1975 album Homegrown will finally be officially released this Friday, June 19, but as Rolling Stone points out, it’s already available for early streaming on the musician’s Archives website.

Young announced the news on Twitter, writing, “Hope you’re all holding up & still showing up / music is medicine for the soul / Look after it.” The long-lost album was originally recorded between June 1974 and January 1975 with an impressive studio band that featured Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, Tim Drummond, Karl T. Himmel, Ben Keith, Stan Szlelest, and a guest appearance from Emmylou Harris. As Archives writer Bill Bentley wrote in an essay accompanying the stream on the site, it’s “an extremely personal letter sent from Neil Young back in 1975 that somehow got lost and sat behind a filing cabinet in some dusty Post Office back room all these years. Until now, when it’s finally being delivered.”

Over the history of rock & roll there have been albums that were avidly discussed, but for whatever reason never got released,” he wrote. “Sometimes vast conspiracy theories sprang up around those mysteries, and sometimes the album just disappeared without a trace before anyone knew about it. But in the mid-Seventies, Neil Young was on a massive roll and when it became known his 1975 scheduled release Homegrown had vaporized, his loyalists were on the hunt…Homegrown, like all timeless music, is a puzzle full of promises, one that blends memories with visions, and is a trusted sound to turn to in the time each of us still has to share this life with others. It is an album to look at on the floor leaning against the wall while its songs play at night in the dark, knowing that it — and hopefully we — will be there in the morning. It is, like Neil Young, a friend for life.”

You can stream Homegrown in its entirety here.

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