Neil Young is set to release a brand new and extensive collection of rarities titled Archives Volume 2: 1972-1976 and has now shared a previously unreleased cut of his classic track ‘Powderfinger’.
The track has been given a brand new and extended airtime and clocks in at a whopping seven minutes long. It can be heard through Neil Young Archives and will be released as part of the 10-disc set. Appearing on Dume disc of the set, it was recorded back in 1975 with Frank ‘Poncho’ Sampedro joining the band after the tragic death of guitarist Danny Whitten a few years prior.
The song wasn’t officially released until it appeared on 1979’s Rust Never Sleeps with an acoustic version of the track then appearing on 2017’s Hitchhikers, which was another archival release from 1976. The Dume disc of the upcoming release will also include previously unreleased versions of ‘Ride my Llama’, ‘Too Far Gone,’ ‘Pocahontas’, ‘No One Seems to Know’ as well as a host more.
The new version of ‘Powderfinger’ is the third from the announced rarities release after he initially released a 1972 version of ‘Come and Say You Will’ as well as the brilliant unheard version of ‘Homefires’. However, this track is likely to get a lot more fans off their seats thanks to its mysterious nature.
The song has a strong narrative but has often kept fans guessing as to what the song is directly about. Speaking about this attack as well as ‘Captain Kennedy’ and ;The Old Homestead’, which are both steeped in civil war iconography, Young told NME: “Those songs are like a landscape, I don’t think with those songs – I get myself to a certain place, open up and they just come to me.”
Unfortunately, Archives Volume 2 is sold out but Young has got plans to release a new batch of copies next year. “Reprise Records, my record company for about 50 years, underestimated the demand for Archives Volume 2,” Young wrote on his website. “We were all surprised. It is a beautiful package that I am proud to have made for you. I do feel badly that we did not deliver it to many who were waiting so long for it.”
Go here to listen to the brand new version of ‘Powderfinger’ or catch it below via Neil Young’s Instagram.