Neil Young has revealed that he is launching his very own Bootleg Series. Young, who is yet to announce the exact details of the series, but has revealed that he plans to take famous concert bootlegs, find the master recordings and release them officially on his archive.
The first show that Young is making available to watch is a solo acoustic show which took place on February 1st, 1971 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. The bootleg label Rubber Dubber, illegally released the recording originally on vinyl under the name I’m So Happy That Y’all Came Down back in the 1970s and Young, in typically cunning mood, even plans to give the bootleggers a taste of their own medicine by using artwork from the original release.
In a statement provided by Neil Young on his archives, he said: “We have ripped off all of the original art from the bootlegs. “No expense will be spared. The only difference will be the radically better sound from our masters.”
Continuing: “We are going full bore with our series right now, so write letters in to me with your favourite bootlegs and we will find them and use the best audio we can locate, either from the NYA vaults or somewhere else,” he wrote. “Watch for this coming soon. We are building it starting today.”
Young is also set to release his 1975 shelved album Homegrown which is finally set to be released on June 19th.
The 74-year-old confirmed the release of the long-lost album in a lengthy statement, writing: “I apologise. 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. This is the one that got away. Recorded in analogue in 1974 and early 1975 from the original master tapes and restored with love and care by John Hanlon.”