Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Neil Young plans expanded Ragged Glory reissue

Neil Young has revealed plans to release an expanded reissue of “Ragged Glory”, his 1990 album with Crazy Horse.

According to a post on the Neil Young Archives site, engineer John Hanlon reviewed the project’s recently rediscovered tapes and unearthed a number of unused songs from the original recording sessions.

“Listening to these tracks is a real head scratcher,” reads the note on NYA. “They are equal to anything on the existing record, maybe better. Possibly, the thought at the time was to have a single album and not include the songs from the last half of the unique ‘set oriented’ recording sessions.

“The band played a set of songs twice a day at Plywood Analog for a couple of weeks, then went back, listened and chose best tracks after the two weeks were up. … The same tracks were never repeated in a recording set, played only once as [a] set. … No repeats. This approach took ‘analysis’ out of the game during the sessions, allowing the Horse not to think; thinking is deadly for the Horse,”
adding, “after the songs were played enough so that the band was sure they must have the takes, the Horse, having a great time, kept playing other songs.”

The extra sessions resulted in “38 minutes of Crazy Horse classics, mostly undiscovered and unheard before.”

Young is compiling the additional material for inclusion on “Ragged Glory II”, which will “probably” be issued in multiple formats this year, possibly altering the release of other potential Archives projects.

Introduced with the lead single, “Mansion On The Hill”, Young’s 18th studio record and sixth with guitarist Frank Sampedro, bassist Billy Talbot and drummer Ralph Molina reached No. 31 on the US Billboard 200.

As part of his ongoing Archives series, Young recently issued an acoustic live album, “Songs For Judy”, which features a collection of performances from various stops on a November 1976 tour.

Young will play a series of five solo theater dates in the US Midwest this month, including shows in Milwaukee and Madison, WI, followed by three gigs in Minneapolis, MN at three different venues.

See also:

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