Neil Young will release a new studio album—which he originally recorded in 1976. The disc, dubbed Hitchhiker, is set for an August 4 release via Reprise Records and will be available on vinyl, CD and digitally.
The 10-track acoustic album was recorded live in the studio August 11, 1976, at Indigo Studios in Malibu, California. It contains some of Young’s best-known songs plus two previously unreleased tracks.
The original session was produced by Young’s longtime studio collaborator David Briggs with new post production by John Hanlon, who has worked with Young since 1990 and produced his most recent works, including Peace Trail, Earth, The Monsanto Years, etc.
“I spent the night there with David and recorded nine solo acoustic songs, completing a tape I called Hitchhiker,” said Young of the album.
“It was a complete piece, although I was pretty stony on it, and you can hear it in my performances. Dean Stockwell, my friend and a great actor who I later worked on Human Highway as a co-director, was with us that night, sitting in the room with me as I laid down all the songs in a row, pausing only for weed, beer, or coke. Briggs was in the control room, mixing live on his favorite console.”
The title track did not officially appear until 2010’s Le Noise. The version of ‘Captain Kennedy’ is radically different than the one on Hawks & Doves in 1980.
Two previously unreleased tracks that have remained in the vaults since 1976: “Hawaii” a ballad and “Give Me Strength,” now available for the first time.
Hitchhiker Track Listing:
3. Captain Kennedy
5. Give Me Strength
6. Ride My Llama
9. Human Highway
10. The Old Country Waltz