Neil Young has announced a new live album. The environmentally themed (and appropriately titled) Earth drops June 17 and features performances of songs from throughout Young’s storied, decades-long career. But Earth‘s 11 tracks include more than material ranging from 1970’s “After the Gold Rush” to last year’s “The Monsanto Years.”
“We made a live record and every creature on the planet seemed to show up,” Young wrote on Facebook. “Suddenly all the living things of Earth were in the audience going crazy. Then they took over the stage, letting their wild sounds mingle with the Vanilla Singers perfect corporate harmony. Earth’s creatures let loose, there were Bee breakdowns, Bird breakdowns and yes, even Wall Street breakdowns, jamming with me and Promise of the Real! The show was non stop bliss for 98 minutes, no breaks.”
He added, “Earth does not fit on iTunes. It breaks all their rules (and couldn’t all really be heart that way anyway).” (Young notably removed his music from streaming services in 2015.)
Fittingly, Young will debut the album May 6 at Los Angeles’ Natural History Museum, according to the Los Angeles Times. Earth documents Young’s tour with the Promise of the Real — partly comprised of Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah — who also served as the backing band for his latest studio album, 2015’s The Monsanto Years. In recent years, Young has continued to focus his songwriting on politics, whether criticizing the Bush Administration on 2006’s Living With War or singing about converting his Lincoln Continental to alternative energy on 2009’s Fork in the Road.
While Young has released numerous archival live albums over the past few years, he hasn’t put out a new live album since 2000’s Road Rock Vol. 1.