Neil Young's Lost Acoustic Album From 1976 'Hitchhiker' Really Is Coming Out in September
publish date: 2017-08-04
For months, Neil Young fans have been pretty sure about the impending release of Hitchhiker, a solo acoustic album that Young recorded during one drug-fueled night in 1976 and left on the shelf for four decades after that. Now, the news is official: Hitchhiker will arrive Sept. 8 via Reprise.
On Friday (Aug. 4), the label also released the album’s title track, which appeared in drastically different form on 2010’s Le Noise. Hear it below.
Young’s catalog is huge and unwieldy, and Hitchhiker is only one of several so-called “lost albums” he made during an ultra-productive period in the ’70s and decided against releasing. (The two most famous are called Homegrown and Chrome Dreams.) Rumors about its release began in April, when writers at the fansite Thrasher’s Wheat noticed that the website of Young’s longtime art director Gary Burden had been briefly updated with Hitchhiker cover art. The following month, a British record retailer mistakenly listed Hitchhiker for presale, accompanied with the same image.
There have been a number of suspected release dates: first it was July 14, then it was today, August 4. A press release sent to reporters from Reprise this morning officially announced the September date. The change may have been made hastily, as another section of the release still contains the August 4 date.