SOURCE: Reprise Records

August 16, 2005 13:49 ET

Neil Young and Reprise Records Continue Historic Four-Decade Partnership in One of Music's Most Honored Legacies

New Album "Prairie Wind" Set for September 27th Release

BURBANK, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 16, 2005 -- Neil Young, who has created one of the most exciting and groundbreaking musical legacies in rock & roll history, is continuing his four-decade relationship with Reprise Records. Young released his first solo album on Reprise in 1969, and since that time has become known as an inspirational innovator, both in terms of recordings, live performances and film endeavors. He is often cited as the artist who leads the way for others through an uncompromising pursuit of staying true to his music.

Under the terms of the new long-term recording agreement, Reprise will release multiple new studio albums from the acclaimed singer-songwriter, beginning with "Prairie Wind" on September 27th. That album is already being hailed as one of Neil Young's masterpieces. Starting in 2006, Reprise will also begin an extensive series of other releases, which will present a treasure trove of archival material recorded over the past four decades. Working together with Young, this series will feature a vast number of unreleased recordings from his entire career, along with long-sought live recordings and other infamous rarities. The different archive sets will offer a comprehensive look at every facet in the musical life of the multiple Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member, and create new standards for honoring the artist's history, widely seen as one of the most important and influential in rock & roll.

"I look forward to continuing my partnership with Reprise," says Young. "We've been through a lot together over the years. When you're with a company that long, it's like a family. [Warner Bros. CEO] Tom Whalley really understands musicians and knows how to nurture creativity. He's not afraid to let artists be artists."

Young first signed with Reprise in 1969 after leaving Buffalo Springfield. The label has released the outspoken and iconic artist's most critically and commercially beloved albums, including "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" (1969), "After the Gold Rush" (1970), "Harvest" (1972), "Rust Never Sleeps" (1979), "Freedom" (1989), and "Harvest Moon" (1992). "Look at his track record," says Whalley. "Neil is a relentless musical innovator and visionary, and we can't wait to hear all the new music he's going to create. To us, Neil Young is a foundation of what Reprise and Warner Bros. Records are all about, and we are thrilled to continue our relationship with him into the future."

That future includes the September 27th release of "Prairie Wind," which was recorded earlier this year in Nashville. In addition to a single compact disc, the release will also be available in a special edition that includes the CD along with a DVD in High Resolution DVD Stereo, with filmed content of the entire recording of the album. The incredible set of songs is being described as the last installment in a trilogy of albums that include "Harvest" and "Harvest Moon," and features the first single, "The Painter," along with "No Wonder," "Falling Off The Face Of The Earth," "Far From Home," "It's A Dream," "Prairie Wind," "Here For You," "This Old Guitar," "He Was The King" and "When God Made Me." Young is joined on the album by keyboardist Spooner Oldham, pedal-steel guitarist Ben Keith, drummer Chad Cromwell, percussionist Karl Himmel, bassist Rick Rosas and vocalist Emmylou Harris, along with the Fisk University Jubilee Singers and other guests.

Neil Young is performing at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on August 18th and 19th, to be filmed by Academy Award®-winning director Jonathan Demme. He is also appearing at the 20th anniversary of Farm Aid in Chicago on September 18th, an organization he co-founded with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp.

Contact Information

  • For more information, contact:
    Bill Bentley
    Warner Bros./Reprise Records Publicity
    (818) 953-2671
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