Neil Young is continuing his dive through his vast archives with the release of another “lost” album, 1982’s Johnny’s Island. The musician announced the release late last week on his website, Neil Young Archives, and noted that it will be available “soon.”
This latest announcement follows a flurry of fellow archival releases, including his most recent project Archives Vol. 2: 1972—1976 which hosts a trove of unreleased material from a pivotal period in his career. Johnny’s Island was recorded at Commercial Recorders in Honolulu, HI with the same crew that helped produce Trans, released that same year. A few of the songs originally recorded for Johnny’s Island ended up on Trans, including “Like An Inca”, “Hold On To Your Love”, and “Little Thing Called Love”. A note on the Neil Young Archives about Johnny’s Island states,
‘Johnny’s Island’ a complete album now being prepared for release at NYA, includes a majority of unreleased tracks including ‘Big Pearl,’ ‘Island In The Sun,’ and ‘Love Hotel,’ plus others you may have heard before.. it’s a beautiful record coming to you soon.
In 1995, Young discussed the lost album—which had been tentatively titled Island In The Sun—in an interview with Mojo, saying, “It was a tropical thing all about sailing, ancient civilizations, islands and water.”
Additionally, Young has shared a new animated video for “Computer Cowboy”, originally released on Trans. The new video, directed by Willie Nelson‘s youngest son Micah, is set to appear on another project called Trans – The Animated Story. Though Young didn’t go into too much detail on The Animated Story, he did state that it “includes all of the Trans music and characters, telling their whole story.” The project is expected to arrive at some point this year on DVD, Blu-ray, and the NYA’s Hearse Theater.
Head on over to the Neil Young Archives to watch the new, animated video for “Computer Cowboy” directed by Micah Nelson.
This latest “lost” album announcement follows the 2020 release of 1972’s Homegrown which was also rescued from the archives. In addition to Johnny’s Island, Young still has plenty of other projects in progress including his 1990 Crazy Horse concert film and live album Way Down In The Rust Bucket due out on February 26th, a bootleg of his solo debut at Carnegie Hall on 12/5/70 available on May 7th, and many more.