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Neil Young Shares Details Of 2020 Archival Releases
Neil Young delivered details on some of the archival projects he promised to release in 2020 via a New Year's Day letter to his fans on Wednesday, Jan. 1.
The iconic GRAMMY-winning "Heart of Gold" singer/songwriter plans to release Way Down In The Rust Bucket and Greendale Live this year. The latter 2003 performance with his band Crazy Horse will include a live album and a theatre release Young wrote.
"Greendale is a monster!" he said in his note. "Currently in the final editing stages, this performance from Toronto with a cast of 50 plus is like a Broadway show."
Not much information was released regarding Way Down In The Rust Bucket. News of the performance was first shared in September.
The releases are a part of an effort that Young has been working on for years. In 1991, the singer/songwriter told Rolling Stone he wanted to release "18 to 20 albums' worth of unreleased material." He first started the archives when he was working on Ragged Glory in the '90s. The archives include music and performances.
"The pieces are a labor of love," Young said in his 2020 note.
Young created the Neil Young Archives website and a subscription-based high-res streaming service to bring his music to his fans. Last month, he shared his urgency to release much of the archives in 2020, laying out how he would drop them on his site.
"Of course we will have to have to try to make sure [the archives] do not escape into the internet while they are exclusive to NYA. If we can figure this out we will release many of them in 2020," he said on the site. "It's a race against time."