Neil Young announces ‘Noise & Flowers’ live album

Set will be available in multiple configurations

Neil Young + Promise Of The Real have announced a new live album, Noise & Flowers, that captures the group in all their glory on their 2019 European tour. It marks the 21st entry in the Neil Young Archives Performance Series of live releases. It will be available on CD, 2 LP, Blu-ray and as a Blu-ray/CD/2 LP bundle.

The set documents a nine-date tour that began just two weeks after Young’s lifetime friend and manager of more than 50 years, Elliot Roberts, passed away at age 76. Performing alongside a photograph of Roberts taped to his road case, Young approached each show as a celebratory memorial service to honor his late friend. It’s a trek that Neil describes as “wondrous.”

Noise & Flowers explores all corners of his vast discography. It balances all-timer anthems (“Mr. Soul,” “Helpless,” “Rockin’ in the Free World”) with rarely aired ‘70s deep cuts (“Field of Opportunity,” “On the Beach”) and ’90s gems (“From Hank to Hendrix,” “Throw Your Hatred Down”). His frequent backing band since 2015, Promise of the Real effectively bridges the extremes in Young’s sound, infusing his raging rockers and country serenades with their casual brilliance and telepathic intuition.

Noise & Flowers’ companion film, directed by Bernard Shakey and dhlovelife, emphasizes both the intimacy and ecstasy of these performances and will be included on the bundle and standalone Blu-ray.

“Playing in his memory [made it] one of the most special tours ever,” Young says in the album’s liner notes. “We hit the road and took his great spirit with us into every song. This music belongs to no one. It’s in the air. Every note was played for music’s great friend, Elliot.”

The album was produced by The Volume Dealers: Neil Young & Niko Bolas.

Blu-ray/CD/2 LP | CD2 LP

  1. Mr. Soul
  2. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
  3. Helpless
  4. Field Of Opportunity
  5. Alabama
  6. Throw Your Hatred Down
  7. Rockin’ In The Free World
  8. Comes A Time
  9. Hank To Hendrix
  10. On The Beach
  11. Are You Ready For The Country
  12. I’ve Been Waiting For You
  13. Winterlong
  14. Fuckin’ Up

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