Published Feb 28, 2020Neil Young may be planning a 50th anniversary re-release of his seminal 1970 album After the Gold Rush via Reprise Records — alongside a possible concert film or live album.
According to a post on Neil Young Archives, the rock legend is planning to do something with his work from that time period, having recently dug into his personal archive of concert recordings and footage surrounding his "best early acoustic performance to date" at Massey Hall in 1971.
While the Massey concert was not filmed, Young said in the post that David Briggs was able to capture audio from the concert on 7.5 ips tape. Footage from his subsequent performance at Shakespeare Theater in Stratford, CT, may be part of the forthcoming release, as it was captured on film.
"Stratford was also recorded directly to a reel to reel tape at 7.5 ips (inches per second). For almost fifty years, only seen as the partial visual for Massey Hall, it was preserved in the Archive," wrote Young. "Compiling pieces of Stratford from all kind of places, old German TV shows, original lost tapes, old 16mm work prints and more, we soon realized that we had a complete show that stood very well on its own."
Young's announcement comes just over a month after the Stratford Shakespeare Theater was destroyed in a massive fire. It had been vacant since the 1980s.
Though it's not exactly clear what he plans to do with the concert recordings, Young wrote on that he "may pair it" with a 50th anniversary release of After the Gold Rush, "making it a double record."
According to the artist, he will be "discussing these options" with his label in the coming months. He has not shared a release date or title for the project, but seeing as Gold Rush turns 50 on September 19, we're likely to be due for it sometime this year.
According to the artist, the live album/film seems to be twelve songs in length.
As recently reported, Young appears to be releasing his long-lost 1975 album Homegrown as part of Record Store Day 2020. He's also teased Way Down in the Rust Bucket and Greendale Live, as well as a long list of other archival projects.