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Neil Young Recording with Orchestra for Project Reportedly Titled “Storytone”

Friday, August 29th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Danny ClinchAccording to multiple online reports, Neil Young has been working on a new music project that involves an orchestra.  German composer Chris Walden has revealed on his website that he contributed arrangements to a new album from the folk-rock great called Storytone, which is due out on November 4.

A series of messages that appeared over the last couple of weeks on the Gina Zimmitti Music Contracting Facebook page offer some additional details about the sessions.  A photo posted on August 19 shows Walden conducting an orchestra at the Sony Pictures Scoring Stage in Culver City, California, while Young sings and veteran studio musician George Doering plays guitar.  A caption attached to the pic reads, “First day recording Chris Walden’s fantastic arrangements for Neil Young.”

A message posted on August 23 shows another photo of Walden at work, this one taken at EastWest Studios in Los Angeles.  The caption for this pic reads, “2nd day of recording with Neil Young and producer Niko Bolas – this time for some awesomely loud big band arrangements by Chris Walden composer-arranger!”  Bolas has worked as an engineer and producer on numerous Young records over the years, including Landing on Water, Life, Freedom and Living with War.

The most recent Facebook post regarding Young appeared on Thursday.  It shows a photo of Neil’s LincVolt hybrid car and reveals that the rock legend was back at the Sony studio “for more days of recording with orchestra and arranger Michael Bearden.”  Bearden collaborated with an impressive list of music stars over the years, including Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Sting, Carlos Santana, John Fogerty and many others.

Back in March, Young told Billboard that he was considering making “a record with a full-blown orchestra, live — a mono recording with one mic.”  He added, “I want to do something like that where we really record what happened, with one point of view and the musicians moved closer and farther away, the way it was done in the past.”

Stay tuned as more information emerges about the upcoming album.



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