As previously reported, Neil Young and Crazy Horse have two new albums on the way. The first, Americana, will arrive on June 5th via Reprise Records, according to RollingStone.com. It’ll mark the band’s first album since 2003, and their first album with the full Crazy Horse lineup of Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina and Frank “Poncho” Sampedro since 1996.
According to an issued press release, Americana was recorded at Audio Casa Blanca and was produced by Young and John Hanlon with Mark Humphreys. Young previously said the album comprises rearrangements of songs we all know from kindergarten with help from a childrens choir. He wasn’t kidding.
The 11-track effort, described as a “collection of classic, American folk songs,” packs tracks like “Oh Susannah”, “This Land Is Your Land”, and “Shell Be Comin Round The Mountain”. There’s also a reworking of the British national anthem, “God Save The Queen”, which was previously America’s de facto national anthem before the establishment of The Union.
An issued press release offers the following:
“Each of these compositions is very much part of the fabric of our American heritage; the roots of what we think of as “Americana” in cultural terms, using songs as a way of passing along information and documenting our past…
“What ties these songs together is the fact that while they may represent an America that may no longer exist. The emotions and scenarios behind these songs still resonate with whats going on in the country today with equal, if not greater impact nearly 200 years later. The lyrics reflect the same concerns and are still remarkably meaningful to a society going through economic and cultural upheaval, especially during an election year. They are just as poignant and powerful today as the day they were written.”
The band’s as-yet-untitled second album is “still in the works” as of last February.
01. Oh Susannah
03. Tom Dooley
04. Gallows Pole
05. Get A Job
06. Travel On
07. High Flyin Bird
08. Shell Be Comin Round The Mountain
09. This Land Is Your Land
10. Wayfarin Stranger
11. God Save The Queen