Friday, October 10, 2014

Neil Young goes orchestral on upcoming album

Neil Young will release his latest studio album Storytone on Nov. 4 via Reprise Records. It has 10 new compositions recorded live in the studio with a 92-piece orchestra, choir and Young.

He took a different approach with this record, first recording the songs on his own in a solo-setting, then creating compelling versions of the songs in a new light with an orchestra and big band.

The first track released from the album is "Who's Gonna Stand Up," which was originally performed at Crazy Horse shows in the U.K. this summer and more recently, as part of Young's solo acoustic set at Farm Aid. The track is a plea to end dependence of fossil fuels in hopes of protecting the Earth's fragile eco-systems for future generations. To learn more about the initiative, visit

Storytone configurations include a standard CD edition that features the 10 orchestral song versions, the deluxe CD edition (containing both standard and solo versions), and the deluxe 180 gram double vinyl pressing, which will be released on Dec. 16 and feature both versions of the album.

Those who pre-order the deluxe CD edition, deluxe vinyl edition or the PonoMusic edition will receive instant downloads of both the orchestral and solo versions of "Who's Gonna Stand Up?"

Exclusive album bundles include a limited edition, heavy stock lithograph of the album artwork by Neil Young.

All of the Storytone music was produced by The Volume Dealers (Neil Young and Niko Bolas), recorded and mixed by Al Schmitt with additional co-production, arrangements, orchestration, and conducted by Michael Bearden and Chris Walden.

Track listing:
Plastic Flowers
Who's Gonna Stand Up?
I Want To Drive My Car
Say Hello To Chicago
Like You Used To Do
I'm Glad I Found You
When I Watch You Sleeping
All Those Dreams

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