Neil Young - Hitchhiker

Unreleased 1976 Solo Album on Black Vinyl, US Pressing

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Hitchhiker is the thirty-eighth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young, originally released in September 2017 via Reprise Records.

Neil Young has opened his archive and released Hitchhiker, an unreleased ten track acoustic solo album recorded in Malibu, CA at Indigo Studio in 1976. The original session was produced by Young’s long-time studio collaborator David Briggs.

Recorded between fan favourites Zuma (1975) and American Stars ‘n Bars (1977) as a solo album in a single session, 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.

The songs on the album were recorded in a single night. In his memoir Special Deluxe, Young described the session, "It was a complete piece, although I was pretty stony on it, and you can hear it in my performances... I laid down all the songs in a row, pausing only for weed, beer, or coke. Briggs was in the control room, mixing live on his favorite console."

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 (1975). 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. This is truly an album of original performances.

The Hitchhiker album has been the subject of intense speculation among Neil Young’s fans for 40 years, with the “lost” album having never been released in its entirety.

Hitchhiker includes the original recordings of Neil Young favourites including “Pocahontas”, “Powderfinger” and “Ride My Llama”, which appeared on 1977’s Rust Never Sleeps.

On the review aggregator site Metacritic, the album received an average score of 88 out of 100, based on 13 reviews, indicating “Universal Acclaim”.

The album has reached #20 on the US Billboard 200, #6 on the UK and #22 on the Australian Albums charts.

Check out the tracks:  Powderfinger”; “Hitchhiker”; “Pocahontas”; “Give Me Strength” and “Ride My Llama”.

This LP record is on black vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve with fold out lyric poster, pressed in the US.

(093624912613)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1

Pocahontas

3:28

A2

Powderfinger

3:24

A3

Captain Kennedy

2:51

A4

Hawaii

2:38

A5

Give Me Strength

3:40

B1

Ride My Llama

1:50

B2

Hitchhiker (Like An Inca #1)

4:37

B3

Campaigner

4:20

B4

Human Highway

3:17

B5

The Old Country Waltz

3:38

SKU 093624912613
Record Label Reprise Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number 560639-1
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 08 September 2017
Original Release Date (Year) 08 September 2017
Barcode # 093624912613
Shipping Weight 0.3650kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Black Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Fold Out Lyric / Credits Poster, Neil Young Archives Special Release Series Disc 05, Unreleased 1976 Solo Album Produced by David Briggs
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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