Just when it appears every significant rock ‘n’ roll record under the sun has made the transfer to CD, something comes out of the vaults to prove that thinking wrong.
Four Neil Young albums that were never issued on CD will be issued June 24, about two weeks into Young’s two-month-long summer tour with Crazy Horse. Reprise, where Young has recorded of most of his career, will finally release “On the Beach” (1974), “American Stars and Bars” (1977), “Hawks & Doves” (1980) and “Re-Ac-Tor” (1981). The records are significant on several fronts: “On the Beach” debuted “Walk On” and “For the Turnstiles”; “American Stars and Bars” presented “Like a Hurricane” for the first time.
Young’s two other long-delayed records, “Time Fades Away” and “Journey Through the Past” were issued quietly in 1999, but those are not easily found today. The hold-up has long been blamed on Young’s desire to see all CDs issued according to an industry guideline that has never been set.
In the fall, Reprise will issue Young’s latest disc, rumored to be titled “Greendale,” which is expected to include a DVD of a film Young shot. For the record, Young is backed by two members of Crazy Horse, bassist Billy Talbot and drummer Ralph Molina, and other musicians. Young and the Horse started a European tour Saturday.