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Neil Young Announces ‘Return to Greendale’ Live Album and Film

Project is one of many archival releases that Young is plotting, including the 10-CD set Archives Volume 2: 1972-1976

Neil Young performs on stage at Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park at Hyde Park on July 12, 2019 in London, England.

Neil Young is releasing 'Return to Greendale' on November 6th, a live album and film chronicling his 2003/04 tour with Crazy Horse.

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Neil Young’s 2003/04 Greendale tour with Crazy Horse will be chronicled on Return to Greendale, a live album and film coming out on November 6th. It will be available as a two-disc set or limited edition box set with two LPs, two CDs and a documentary, Inside Greendale, about the creation of the album.

Greendale is a rock opera about a fictional small town that is rocked by the death of a beloved police officer. Along the way, it addresses corporate greed, a scandal-obsessed media environment and Bush-era propaganda. It climaxes with one of the central figures, a teenage girl named Sun Green, heading off to Alaska to fight for the environment.

Two months before it came out, Young and Crazy Horse launched a tour of North American amphitheaters where they played all 10 songs from the album in sequence with a large cast of actors and dancers. Many fans bought tickets thinking they were seeing a traditional Neil Young and Crazy Horse concert and were none-too-thrilled with the show, even if it ended with a brief set of Crazy Horse classics.

But the tour stayed on the road for nearly a year and it slowly won fans over, especially once the album finally came out and the encore portion of the show was dramatically lengthened until it essentially became a second set.

Return to Greendale is one of many archival Neil Young projects coming out in the near future. The 10-disc box set Archives Volume 2: 1972-1976 is coming out on November 20th. It will be followed by Way Down in The Rust Bucket, a 50th-anniversary edition of After the Gold Rush, Carnegie Hall 1970, Road of Plenty and Noise and Flowers, although exact dates have yet to be announced.

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