Neil Young announces vast online archive, releases first song from lost 1976 acoustic album



Friday was a busy day for Neil Young, who announced he will soon open up an online archive of all his music and also released a song from his soon-to-be-released 1976 album Hitchhiker.

There was no word as of Friday morning when the archive would be opened, but Young posted a note to fans on his archive site, giving more info about the project.

“I must admit that I built this for myself as much as for everyone else,” Young wrote. “I am very interested in collecting and organization, as well as mechanical things and old school record keeping. What we have built here at NYA is a result of a great effort by many people over a long period of time. We have attempted to highlight the creative process and the creators. A lot of people and work are behind hte music we hear. The musical information found here is a work in progress, always growing and adapting to new information as we find it. We have done our best to find all of the background pertinent to this music. If you have any more, please reach out to us with it. We are always looking.”

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Users of the archive will be able to listen to and learn about Young’s music dating back to 1963. Among those will be Hitchhiker, a 10-track acoustic album slated for release September 8.

Young released the title track from the album, a song that had an electric version released on the 2010 album Le Noise. Listen below:

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