Nearly 46 years after it was originally recorded, Neil Young will finally be releasing his mythic album Homegrown.
Recorded in 1974 and early 1975, Homegrown was intended to serve as a bridge between Young’s classic albums Harvest and Comes A Time. Initially slated for a 1975 release, Young decided to scrap the record and instead release the album Tonight’s the Night.
Ever since that fateful day in 1975, Neil Young fans have been patiently waiting for the record to see the light of day.
On June 19, Homegrown will finally be released and features an impressive list of musicians contributing to the record including Levon Helm, Emmylou Harris, Robbie Robertson, and more.
In a statement on his Neil Young Archives website, Young wrote,
“I apologize. 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.”
The album features seven previously unreleased songs alongside the very first recordings of “Homegrown” and "White Line.” Songs heard on later Young albums like “Little Wing,” “Love Is A Rose,” and “Star Of Bethlehem” all feature their original mixes on Homegrown.