Neil Young will open his archive and release Hitchhiker, an unreleased new studio album. The 10-track acoustic solo album was recorded in Malibu, CA at Indigo Studio in 1976. The original session was produced by Young’s long-time studio collaborator David Briggs.
Neil Young is one of the most prolific musicians ever, who has been writing and recording since the early 60s when still a teenager. He first found fame as a memeber of Buffalo Springfield who’s line-up including Stephen Stills and Richie Furay. When they split in 1968, Young went solo and after two albums joined his old band mate Stills in his new band Crosby, Stills & Nash. Young got his surname added to the their moniker in time for their second album ‘Deja Vu’ (1970) which was a big worldwide success that year.
Their egos couldn’t be contained and they all went off in solo directions and Young has two big hit albums (‘After The Goldrush’ and ‘Harvest’ before he elected to follow his muse into the “ditch”. His album sales tumbled but his productivity did not. Another four albums came out before he recorded this one.
Recorded between ‘Zuma’ and ‘American Stars and Bars’ as a solo album in a single session on 11th August 1976, the resultant performances are truly breathtaking and passionate. The simplicity of a single voice and guitar captured here is as pure and powerful as it gets, with only Young, Briggs and actor Dean Stockwell in the room at the time of recording.A few of the songs would not appear on vinyl until years later. Some have never been heard, included in the original sessions for Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s ‘Dume’, another unreleased record of original sessions that yielded the classic album, Zuma. When the ‘Hitchhiker’ album was recorded, none of the included songs had ever been released and many of the performances of the songs were the first ever.