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Neil Young is releasing a new archival album — and he wants you to decide what's on it

The legendary rocker is allowing fans to choose his next record from a treasure trove of archival material.

The legendary rocker is allowing fans to choose his next record from a treasure trove of archival material

Neil Young's Peace Trail will be released on Dec. 9. (Julie Gardner)

When you have more than 50 years of music, it can be tough to decide what exactly you should put out into the world.

But rather than hum and haw over what to release, when it comes to his new archival album, Neil Young wants his fans to decide.

"We have these projects in the can right now," reads a message on the Neil Young Archives (NYA) website. "We will be asking subscribers only to vote for their top 3 choices from this list, labeled 1, 2 & 3 as your preference."

Rock icon Neil Young is asking fans to decide which archival projects he should release next. (neilyoungarchives.com)

Among the options are a collection of songs from when Neil Young and Crazy Horse first formed in the '60s (Early Daze), an album that Young recorded with Crazy Horse in 2001 (Toast), and a complete album that Young shelved in 1975 (Homegrown).

The offerings also include lots of film footage, including a solo performance at Connecticut's Shakespeare Theater in 1971; a Jonathan Demme-directed concert film from the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania in 2009; a film that follows Young's 2003 tour with Crazy Horse where they performed the rock opera Greendale; and a film chronicling the making of Young's latest album, Colorado.

You can find the full list below; voting hasn't begun, but the website says, "Watch for the official NYA announcement and your personal link to vote for what you think we should work on NEXT for the fastest release of your favourite project."

Young recently sat down with q host Tom Power to talk about his 50-year career, making music and his new documentary. You can listen to that interview here.

Here is the full list of options from "The Can":

STRATFORD SHAKESPEARE THEATER, solo film and LP, 1971

GREENDALE LIVE with CRAZY HORSE, stage production, film and LP, 2003

GREENDALE AT VICKAR STREET, solo film and LP, 2003

TOAST, Crazy Horse LP (limited film), 2001

MOUNTAINTOP, Crazy Horse film, 2019

CATALYST, Crazy Horse film and LP, 1991

ALCHEMY, Crazy Horse film and LP, 2012/2013

EARLY DAZE, Crazy Horse 1960s LP

HARVEST TIME, Stray Gators film and LP, 1971

MIRROR BALL LIVE DUBLIN, with friends from Pearl Jam, film and LP

DESERT TRIP, Promise of the Real film

MONSANTO YEARS, Promise of the Real film, doc and music, 2014

TRUNK SHOW, The Continentals film and LP, 2009

LINCVOLT CHRONICLES 1-5, documentary series

TOWER THEATER PHILADELPHIA, 2018 solo film and LP

POLAR VORTEX, solo film and LP, 2019

HOMEGROWN, original studio LP, 1975

CHROME DREAMS, original studio LP, 1977

BERLIN, Trans Band film and LP, 1982

OCEANSIDE COUNTRYSIDE, original studio LP 1976-1977

BOARDING HOUSE, solo film and LP, 1976

ISLAND IN THE SUN, 1982 LP

TRANS 2020, animated Trans film

BOTTOM LINE, solo 1974 LP

OVER THE RAINBOW, Live Tonight's The Night LP

ODEON BUDAKON, London/Tokyo, Crazy Horse/solo film and LP, 1976

DUCKS, Live in Santa Cruz LP, 1977

HOMEFIRES, various solo and band, LP, 1974

FILLMORE EAST, CSNY live/band/solo, film and LP, 1971

 

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