Neil Young Cultivates Harvest 50th Anniversary Box Set for release December 2 which contains two 180g LPs and 1 EP, including a full disc of unreleased live Of-Era tracks and three studio takes
A Man Needs To Harvest A Heart Of Gold, And Neil Young’s Breakthrough February 1972 Album To harvest provides all on-wax hearing aids to do just that. (Yes, I mixed in some album tracks, but you get the idea.) Namely: a new box set celebrating the 50th anniversary of To harvest arrives via Reprise on December 2 which will include the original album on a 180g LP, plus another LP consisting of a previously unreleased live BBC solo performance and a 7-inch EP featuring a trio of unreleased takes taken from the original To harvest sessions: “Bad Fog Of Loneliness”, “Journey Through The Past” and “Dance Dance Dance”. The collection also includes a hardcover book with unpublished photos as well as extensive liner notes by photographer Joel Bernstein, a fold-out poster, a lithograph and two DVDs.
Young’s fourth solo album To harvest was originally mixed by Elliot Mazer “mostly” (their words) at Quadrafonic in Nashville, while Lee Hulko mastered the album at Sterling Sound in New York. Just as it was done for the month of March 2021 After the Gold Rush box set, this new To harvest collection was mastered by Chris Bellman at the Bernie Grundman Mastering in Los Angeles, and is made/pressed in Germany.
The not-so-analog part of this box set is still important, as the included pair of DVDs provide further insight into the making of such a historic album. The first DVD, Harvest timeis an unreleased two-hour film shot during the filming of To harvest, featuring footage from Young’s Harvest Barn sessions in Northern California, as well as recording sessions that took place in Nashville and London. The second DVD is a companion film to the previously unreleased BBC solo concert recorded on February 23, 1971.
Not yet old man: Above, Neil Young continues his acoustic journey, somewhat in the shadows. Photo by Joel Bernstein, courtesy of Reprise.
The To harvest The 2LP/1EP/2DVD box set costs $149.99, and you can pre-order it directly from The Greedy Hand Store at Neil Young Archives (NYA) here, or via the link that appears further down, just before the listing section tracks.
For now, you can preview one of the never-before-seen elements of the box set thanks to this clip of Neil performing “Heart Of Gold” from that aforementioned 1971 BBC solo performance. . .
As long To harvest– vinyl fan, I’m all for that box, however – like many of you I guess – I’m not at all in love with this out of the gate SRP.
In the meantime, I can tell you that I got early access to Joel Bernstein’s liner notes in their entirety, and they’re exactly what I want from liners – finely detailed, extensive, fairly insider, and few strokes. drawn fist. Here’s a snippet of how they begin, for your perusal: “As you listen to the album you’re now holding, think about this: Inside the grooves of this long-famous music is also the extraordinary story personal Neil Young, fueled by determination and chance. Years later, the To harvest album still shines as one of the brightest lights in his oeuvre. Looking back from this vantage point, the story central to the making of To harvest Perhaps that’s how Neil’s life was almost completely transformed in a single year.
And There you go. How about if you’re gonna jump for the To harvest box now, or wait for a possible price reduction? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below, following the list of tracks.
HARVEST – 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
180g 2LP+1EP (Reprise)
Note: This set also includes 2 DVDs
LP 1 – HARVEST
1. Go out on weekends
3. A man needs a maid
4. Heart of Gold
5. Are you ready for the country?
1. Old Man
2. There is a world
4. The needle and the damage done
5. Words (between age lines)
LP 2 – NEIL YOUNG LIVE IN CONCERT AT THE BBC, FEBRUARY 1971
1. Go out on weekends
2. Old Man
3. Journey through the past
4. Heart of Gold
1. Don’t get discouraged
2. A man needs a maid
3. Love in Mind
4. Dance Dance Dance
EP 7 INCH – HARVEST RESULTS
1. Bad fog of loneliness
2. Journey through the past
3. Dance Dance Dance
Journey to the past: Above, Neil Young contemplates his next box set release and/or acoustic guitar tuning. Photo by Henry Diltz, courtesy of Reprise.