Neil Young’s Next Archival Release Revisits His 1980s Work

The collection includes a rare and underheard EP

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Few rock legends are as consistent — or as interesting — as Neil Young. If you only sought heartfelt, country-tinged acoustic numbers or feedback-drenched guitar workouts, Young’s work in either category would be memorable enough on its own. That his discography encompasses both — as well as plenty of other stylistic shifts in direction — makes for an enduring body of work. It’s also one that Young has been delving into for a series of archival reissues, offering plenty of glimpses into his creative process and the boundaries of his songwriting.

Young’s latest reissue work brings together a trio of his albums released in the 1980s with an EP that’s never been commercially available in the United States. Consequence has more details about the contents of Official Release Series Volume 4, slated for release on April 29 on vinyl and compact disc.

The collection will include Hawks & Doves, Re•ac•tor and This Note’s for You, as well as Eldorado, an EP from 1989. That record featured Young playing with The Restless, while Re•ac•tor found Young working with Crazy Horse; This Note’s For You features The Bluenotes, and the video for its title track was infamously banned by MTV in the late 1980s.

A 2003 Pitchfork review of Re•ac•tor noted that “”Surfer Joe and Moe the Sleaze” and “Shots” rank as two of his most underrated barnstormers.” For Young completists, these reissues make for another fascinating look into his constant artistic flux.

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