In 1976, Neil Young laid down some tracks at a studio in Malibu, California that would go on to appear on his later albums in different forms — but until today, these original recordings hadn’t seen the light of day officially.
Called Hitchhiker, the album finds Young at his most vulnerable — using only his guitar and his voice, the songs burst forth from the speakers with an urgency and intimacy that exemplified much of his stripped-back material from decades ago.
Eight of the album’s ten songs were used in later recordings, among them “Pocahontas,” “Powderfinger,” and more, but two songs (“Give Me Strength” and “Hawaii”) were exclusive to this original studio session.
Hitchhiker is a portrait of one of the most celebrated songwriters with his full musical essence on display. Stream the record below, via Spotify: