A long-lost Neil Young LP recorded in 1976 is apparently hitting record stores this July

This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone familiar with Neil Young’s release schedule, but whispers of a new album named Hitchhiker have reached our ears. Obviously, the man simply couldn’t go a year or two without putting out new tunes.

Somewhat of a long-lost treasure, the album was recorded at Malibu’s Indigo Ranch Studios in 1976.

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After 40 years spent in a drawer somewhere, the long-lost Hitchhiker by Neil Young will reach your ears as early as this July.

Young fansite Thrasher’s Wheat stumbled across Hitchhiker listed on online vinyl store Diverse Vinyl, with a release date of July 14. The site also pointed out that Young had written about Hitchhiker in his memoir Special Deluxe, revealing some details about the single-day recording process.

“I spent the night there with David and recorded nine solo acoustic songs, completing a tape I called Hitchhiker. It was a complete piece, although I was pretty stony on it, and you can hear it in my performances.”

“Dean Stockwell, my friend and a great actor who I later worked on Human Highway as a co-director, was with us that night, sitting in the room with me as 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.” 

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01. Powderfinger
02. Hold Back The Tears
03. Human Highway
04. Hitchhiker
05. Ride My Llama
06. Lookout For My Love
07. Lotta Love
08. Fontainebleau
09. Campaigner

Via FACT Mag.