Neil Young’s ‘A Treasure’ – Live Disc Also Ships As Limited Edition LP

Posted by at 9:29 am on April 18, 2011

Neil Young will release a brand-new album, titled A Treasure, on June 14th, on Reprise Records. It will be available in stores on CD and Blu-ray, as well as on iTunes and through all participating digital retailers.

The 12-track live album, A Treasure includes songs — 5 of which are previously unreleased — recorded during Young’s 1984 and 1985 U.S. tours without the support of an album or Young’s then record label due to unique and unusual circumstances. Among those, “Grey Riders” will be the first track serviced to radio. A Treasure features Young’s onstage work with some of the greatest artists in the history of country music, including the late, great Ben Keith on steel and slide guitar and Rufus Thibodeaux on fiddle, along with living legends Spooner Oldham and Hargus “Pig” Robbins on piano, Tim Drummond and Joe Allen on bass, and Karl Himmel on drums, among many others. A Treasure is Young’s first release since last year’s Grammy and Juno Award-winning album, Le Noise.

The live album captures this iconic artist during a fascinating time in his career, when he was facing criticism and lawsuits from his then current record company for exploring a more traditionally country sound. “You can call me erratic,” Young said when asked at the time about his tendency toward musical shape-shifting, “but I’ve been consistent about it, consistently erratic.” Always celebrated for his musical versatility, A Treasure, is akin to a sonic time capsule, instantly transporting the listener to the time and place when it was made. “I love this record,” Young says. “I hadn’t heard these takes in 25 years, but when we unearthed them co-producer Ben Keith said, ‘This is a treasure.'”

Limited Edition LP

The limited-edition vinyl pressing will precede the CD street date, hitting shelves on June 7th, and will be available on 180-gram double-disc vinyl pressed at Pallas, and mastered at Bernie Grundman Mastering by Chris Bellman. The fourth side of the vinyl will feature special album artwork etched into the disc. The vinyl edition will be sold through http://neilyoung.warnerreprise.com and participating Record Store Day Independent Music Retailers only.

Deluxe Blu-ray/CD Package

The Blu-ray version will feature a curated selection of video that lends context and imagistic power to the tracks. “I like to look at these old live videos and listen to what I think are the best versions of these songs,” Young says. “It’s fun to see what we looked like when we were playing it then.”

Pre-orders

Pre-orders begin at iTunes, Amazon and other retailers on April 14th.

Track list with City * Denotes Previously Unreleased Track

  1. *Amber Jean (9/20/84) Nashville Now TV — Nashville, TN
  2. Are You Ready For The Country? (9/21/84) Riverbend Music Center — Cincinnati, OH
  3.  It Might Have Been 9/25/84 Austin City Limits TV — Austin, Texas
  4. Bound For Glory 9/29/84 Gilleys’s Rodeo Arena — Pasadena, TX
  5. *Let Your Fingers Do The Walking (10/22/84) Universal Amphit — Universal City, CA
  6. Flying On The Ground Is Wrong (10/26/84) Greek Theater — Berkeley, CA
  7. Motor City (10/26/84) Greek Theater — Berkeley, CA
  8. *Soul Of A Woman (10/26/84) Greek Theater — Berkeley, CA
  9.  Get Back To The Country (10/26/84) Greek Theater — Berkeley, CA
  10.  Southern Pacific (9/1/85) Minnesota State Fair — St. Paul, MN
  11. *Nothing Is Perfect (9/1/85) Minnesota State Fair — St. Paul, MN
  12. *Grey Riders (9/10/85) Pier 84 — New York City, NY

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