Neil Young toured with The International Harvesters from 1984 to ’85 and recorded a live album on the tour. The twelve-track album called A Treasure features five previously unheard tunes and will be made available this summer with a tie-in Blu-ray chock-full of live corresponding video.
While Neil Young & The International Harvesters were performing in ’84, Young was on tour without the support of a new record or his contentious record label. Young’s ’83 album Everybody’s Rockin’ was 25 minutes long and comprised of half-a-dozen rockabilly cover songs. Label head David Geffen criticized the album for its lack of commercial appeal and sued Young for making music “unrepresentative” of himself.
Despite the experimental quality of Everybody’s Rockin’ (maybe because of it), Young dabbled for the first time in commercial music videos on this album. His interest in filming performances for artistic purpose stuck, and A Treasure will be made available with a Blu-ray of concert footage to correspond with the tracks. ”You can call me erratic,” says Young, “but I’ve been consistent about it, consistently erratic.”
Neil Young & The International Harvesters’ mid-80s live record A Treasure will drop June 14.