Neil Young has announced a new live album entitled ‘EARTH’. Set to include recording’s from last year’s tour ‘The Monsanto Years,’ the album will also feature the previously unshared ‘I Won’t Quit’.
The album will also include highlights from Young’s extensive discography, with new musical overdubs added to the mixes as well as a host of nature-inspired sounds.
According to a press release, bears, birds, crickets, bees, horses, cows, and “sounds of the earth” can all be heard throughout the album, juxtaposed with “city sounds” like car horns.
EARTH We made a live record and every creature on the planet seemed to show up. Suddenly all the living things of Earth were in the audience going crazy. Then they took over the stage, letting their wild sounds mingle with the Vanilla Singers perfect corporate harmony. Earth’s creatures let loose, there were Bee breakdowns, Bird breakdowns and yes, even Wall Street breakdowns, jamming with me and Promise of the Real! The show was non stop bliss for 98 minutes, no breaks. EARTH does not fit on iTunes. It breaks all their rules (and couldn’t all really be heard that way anyway) No one who was there will ever forget the love, wonder and beautiful madness of EARTH. I know I won’t. Neil
Young will be playing the album in its entirety on May 6, ahead of its release on June 17. He’ll be treating fans to a performance at the Natural History Museum Los Angeles County, as well as discussing the construction of the record.
It will be his first ever album preview show; fans unable to attend will be able to listen to the audio streamed through his Pono service.
In a press release, Young described the album as “ninety-eight uninterrupted minutes,” that stand “as a collection of 13 songs from throughout my life.”
He continued that “our animal kingdom is well represented in the audience as well, and the animals, insects, birds, and mammals actually take over the performances of the songs at times.” In an Instagram post, he said that the album “does not fit on iTunes.”