Monday, June 26, 2023

Neil Young announces Official Release Series Volume 5 package

Neil Young has announced details for the release of a new package, “Official Release Series Volume 5.”

Due July 14, the set pulls together four albums from the late 1980s/early 1990s, including 1989’s “Freedom”, 1990’s “Ragged Glory”, and 1991’s “Weld” and “Arc”.

Led by the instant classic, “Rockin' in the Free World”, “Freedom” saw Young return to the US Top 40 for the first time in a decade, as did his collaboration with Crazy Horse on “Ragged Glory”, while “Arc” and “Weld” presented live material in two contrasting styles: traditional live album and an experimental, instrumental mix of components more akin to ambient noise.

“Official Release Series Volume 5” will be available as a vinyl box set of the original four albums on 9 vinyl LPs and the 4 CD releases now issued on 6 CDs. Like all the reissues in this series, the albums are remastered from the best source available – original analog tape in the case of “Ragged Glory.”

For the four albums in the series, this is the first time they have been remastered for vinyl, while the CD of “Ragged Glory” has also been remastered.

The vinyl and CD box sets are numbered, and the LPs are pressed on 180-gram vinyl; the vinyl box for the four albums is in a telescoping box, and the CDs are in a slipcase.

Each will be available on vinyl and CD at the Greedy Hand Store at Neil Young Archives (NYA) and music retailers everywhere. Hi-res digital audio will be available at Neil Young Archives and most DSPs. All Greedy Hand Store purchases come with free hi-res digital audio downloads from the Xstream Store at NYA.

Young is previewing the collection with audio of "Don't Spook The Horse", which originally appeared as the b-side to the “Ragged Glory” single, “Mansion On The Hill.”

The rocker’s most recent studio release is 2022’s “World Record”, which he recorded with Crazy Horse.

Get your copy of “World Record” here.

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