Neil Young to Release 'Songs for Judy,’ a Live Acoustic Album From 1976

Rock icon and past Stern Show guest’s November album to include hits like “The Needle and the Damage Done” and “After the Gold Rush”

Neil Young performs at Winterland Arena in San Francisco on Nov. 25, 1976Neil Young performs at Winterland Arena in San Francisco on Nov. 25, 1976Photo: Getty Images

The free world can keep on rockin’ a little bit longer, thanks to an upcoming release from the archives of Neil Young.

The rock icon and former Stern Show guest has announced plans to release “Songs for Judy,” an acoustic album recorded live during his famed November 1976 U.S. tour. The mid-1970s were one of Neil’s most prolific songwriting periods and, while bootlegs for many of those concerts have been traded for decades, the new collection will offer fans a rare opportunity to obtain official releases of those performances.

Young performed two sets a night in those days, one by himself and one with his band Crazy Horse. “Songs for Judy” focuses on his solo performances and includes several of his best known hits, like “The Needle and the Damage Done,” “Harvest,” “Heart of Gold,” and “After the Gold Rush”—the latter of which fellow Stern Show veteran Billy Corgan covered during a 2017 visit.

Despite being 72 years old, Neil has shown no signs of slowing down. The 2014 Stern Show guest’s “Songs for Judy” follows several other recent releases, including “Hitchhiker” and “The Visitor,” and a sci-fi Western film called “Paradox.”

Neil Young’s “Songs for Judy” hits shelves Nov. 30. Get the full track listing here.

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