Recorded high up in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and produced by Young alongside John Hanlon, COLORADO marks the first Crazy Horse effort since Nils Lofgren replaced Frank “Poncho” Sampedro in 2018. It also saw the band working in a completely new way, eschewing first takes and recording live. As Young told Wired,
“We started off doing something that we’d never done before, just to see what would happen… Every time you do a song, it’s an opportunity to define it and what it means and how it feels. So if you feel it while you’re doing the song [live], you’re fucked, you’ve already done the song. It’s only going to happen once like that, when you get that feeling. And so I had that feeling on a couple of the songs, that I’d done the song. I didn’t want to do it again.”
Thematically, COLORADO takes aim at the current world around us. Early preview singles included “Milky Way” and “Rainbow of Colors”, the latter of which intersects political, cultural, and climate issues into one clear call for peace. Last month, the rockers also put out the minute-long tune “A love letter from us”, which served as a reminder to be thankful for our beautiful, fragile earth.
Physical copies of the album in both vinyl and CD are available over at Neil Young’s online Greedy Hand general store. For the moment, all tour plans have been postponed, in part so Young could work on a documentary called Mountaintop that centers around the making of COLORADO. Following early screenings in the US, it will next play for another sole evening on November 18th in South America and Europe. Keep an eye out for more details to come.
Neil Young and Crazy Horse return with new album COLORADO: Stream