Fresh off reuniting with Crazy Horse for their first shows as a group in four years, Neil Young has now revealed plans to release previously unheard albums from him and his longtime backing band through his online archives.
In a new interview with Yahoo!, the rock icon revealed that his Neil Young Archives site will soon feature “four or five Crazy Horse albums that have never been heard, that are sitting there ready to come out.” Young gave listeners a first look at what’s inside his presumably large music vault with the release of Hitchhiker last year.
Young also told the site about the impending release of a film component for his divisive 1982 LP Trans. The album’s notoriety not only stems from Young’s heavy use of synthesizers and vocoder, but for being one of two Young releases that led to a lawsuit from Geffen Records claiming that his output was “not commercial” and “musically uncharacteristic of [his] previous recordings.”
Described as “a very touching and moving story about artificial intelligence and communication disorders,” Young’s 35-minute film was initially canned by Geffen after Trans “didn’t sound like Harvest.”
“I can’t wait until that comes out, because then people will hear Trans the way I wanted them to hear it in the first place,” Young told the site. “The original Trans album will be part of the archives, but the real thing about Trans is, [son of Willie Nelson and frequent Young collaborator] Micah Nelson and I are doing an animated video of the story of Trans, so that you can see all the characters. Every song has got characters; a lot of the characters go from song to song. There’s a factory where they’re making people, and they’re making like clones of people, and computerized versions. When I sing, it’s me but it’s not me, it’s my ‘Neil 2’ that’s singing ‘Mr. Soul’ and other songs.”
See Young’s vocoder in action with a 1982 live clip of him playing Trans cut “Sample and Hold” below.