Over the course of his now half-century long career, the always-prolific Neil Young has amassed a series of projects that have never ended up seeing the light of the day.
Today, however, Young announced that Hitchiker—a legendary 1976 album that he recorded alone with his producer, David Briggs, and an acoustic guitar in a single day—will be released September 8.
In typical Young fashion, the majority of the mostly new songs recorded on Hitchhiker ended up surfacing on various projects years (and in some cases even decades) later. "Human Highway" appeared on 1978's Comes a Time, and three of the album's cuts ("Powderfinger," "Ride My Llama" and "Pocahontas") appeared on 1979's Rust Never Sleeps, one of Young's most enduring records.
The title track, which you can hear below, wasn't released by Young until he recorded it for 2010's Le Noise.
The new album also features the previously unreleased tracks "Hawaii" and "Give Me Strength," which Young has played live on occasion. The original recordings were produced by Briggs, Young's longtime producer, and were touched up by John Hanlon.
- 1. "Pocahontas"
- 2. "Powderfinger"
- 3. "Captain Kennedy"
- 4. "Hawaii"
- 5. "Give Me Strength"
- 6. "Ride My Llama"
- 7. "Hitchhiker"
- 8. "Campaigner"
- 9. "Human Highway"
- 10. "The Old Country Waltz"