Neil Young has announced Bluenote Café, the latest release in his Neil Young Archives series. The 2-CD live album comes out Nov. 13 and will compile performances from the rocker’s 1988 tour which, according to press release, was one of his “most funky and heartfelt periods.”
The collection is distinctive for a couple reasons. For one, Young’s sporadic series has generally focused on the earlier portion of his career, most recently on 2013’s Live at the Cellar Door (from 1970), and previously on Live at Massey Hall 1971, Sugar Mountain – Live at Canterbury House 1968, and Live at the Fillmore East (also from 1970). Additionally, Cellar Door culled tracks from Young’s six-night stand at the titular venue, while the others have focused on single concerts — but Bluenote Café draws from 11 concerts that took place from April to November 1988.
While many of Young’s archival releases have been solo performances or, in the case of Fillmore East, raw concerts with his electric band Crazy Horse, Bluenote Café features a larger ensemble that includes multiple saxophones and brass instruments.
A press release says the album will “be available through PonoMusic.com, iTunes and all participating digital retailers.” Young removed his catalog in July from streaming services including Spotify and Apple Music.
Young released his thirty-sixth studio album, The Monsanto Years, in June.