Neil Young Opens ‘Comprehensive’ Archives

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Neil Young performing at Coronation Hall in his hometown of Omemee, Ont., December 1, 2017 Photo: Dana Fineman, CNW Group/CTV; used with permission

In celebration of the Dec. 1 release of his latest studio album, The Visitor, and the same-day release of his complete works online, Neil Young will live-stream a performance from his hometown of Omemee, Ont., Canada, on Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. ET. The event will be presented by CTV in Canada and on his Facebook page, in partnership with Shakey Pictures, around the world.

The Neil Young Archives are described in a press release as “a comprehensive chronological collection of Neil Young’s entire recorded music, films, videos and books, audio streaming in Master Quality via Young’s ‘Xstream by NYA.’” It goes live on Dec. 1.

The Visitor, by Neil Young + Promise of the Real, led by Willie Nelson’s son Lukas Nelson, will also be available in stores and via all digital music retailers. The vinyl edition will follow on January 5. The digital pre-order grants an instant free download of the new track “Already Great.”

Order The Visitor on CD here.

Pre-order The Visitor on LP here.

Regarding The Visitor, according to a press release, “When Neil Young entered Shangri La Studio with the band Promise of the Real a few months ago, there were a lot of images and feelings careening around his soul. The country was heading in a direction Young had never seen, even though up until then he thought he’d seen it all. But something different was happening, and it had gotten inside his music. ‘I’m a Canadian by the way and I love the USA,’ he sings on the first song ‘Already Great.’ The ethos of The Visitor can be summed up in the refrain of ‘Already Great’ where Young insists, “Already great, you’re already great. You’re the promise land, the helping hand. No wall. No hate. No fascist USA. WHOSE STREET? OUR STREET.’”

Neil Young + Promise of the Real

From those words, continues the release, Young “was ready to take a musical journey on his new album The Visitor like he had never taken before. It was one where he’d even surprise himself, always the mark of a creative leap. By the end of the recording sessions, he knew he’d made his most diverse album going all the way back to Harvest in 1972, when America was also in the throes of becoming unhinged. Neil Young didn’t blink then, and he is not blinking now.”

Promise of the Real features Lukas and Micah Nelson along with Corey McCormick, Anthony Logerfo and Tato Melgar. In 2015, Neil Young + Promise of the Real released The Monsanto Years. They followed it up with 2016’s live album, Earth.

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Watch “Already Great,” released Dec. 1

The Visitor Track Listing
Already Great
Fly By Night Deal
Almost Always
Stand Tall
Change Of Heart
Diggin’ A Hole
Children Of Destiny
When Bad Got Good

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