Neil Young Releasing Another Lost Album, 1987’s Summer Songs
Neil Young keeps digging into his vault and finding new things. Last year he released Homegrown, recorded in 1974, and on his official website over the weekend, Young announced the existence of another lost album, a collection of tracks from 1987 that was dubbed Summer Songs.
“We are not sure of the exact original dates of these recordings yet,” Young wrote. “They were all given the same date in the NYA Vault’s records, but they all have a very similar unique sound. To give you an idea of place and time, Farm Aid and the Bridge School concerts had just begun their long runs.”
“This group of songs had just been written and put down in the studio at Broken Arrow (as far as we can figure),” he continued. “We cannot completely be sure of the engineer who was recording these and I don’t remember the sessions at all! Every song in the collection was with acoustic guitar or piano and simple added embellishments — sketches of arrangements we made to preserve the initial ideas.”
The songs included in the collection — “The Last Of His Kind,” “For The Love Of Man,” “American Dream,” “Name Of Love,” “Someday,” “One Of These Days,” “Hanging’ On A Limb,” and “Wrecking Ball” — eventually made their way to completed albums, appearing on Freedom, American Dream, Psychedelic Pill, and Harvest Moon, but Young noted that “the words of these originals are significantly different from their subsequent master album releases in many cases.”
Young says that he’s still researching the recording history of the tracks, but that they will be included on his next massive archival volume, and also may be released separately before that.