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Neil Young is out to reinvent the live album on 'Earth'

Neil Young is out to reinvent the live album on 'Earth'

Neil Young’s latest work, “Earth,” just might be one of the most unusual projects of a long and varied career. He created some of the wildest music films ever, mashed up electronic music with crunching hard rock and now he’s toying with the live album format.

While drawn from concerts Young has played over the last three years backed by the Promise of the Real, the young band that includes Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah Nelson, the artist wasn’t necessarily on the hunt for the best live takes of the songs. He was out to manipulate them.

First, he added background vocals from a group of studio singers recorded...

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