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Neil Young and 92-Piece Orchestra on 'Storytone' Due Out November 4 on Reprise; Releases 'Waging Heavy Peace with Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life and Cars' Follow-Up

By Maria Jean Sullivan m.sullivan@classicalite.com on Oct 18, 2014 01:01 PM EDT

Neil Young is accompanied by a 92-piece orchestra on his forthcoming album Storytone, due out Nov. 4 on Reprise. This month, he released a follow-up to his 2012 memoir: Waging Heavy Peace with Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life and Cars.

The album is split into two different versions presented as a solo piece and an orchestral collaboration, conducted and arranged by Michael Bearden and Chris Walden. Co-produced by Niko Bolas and Young under their alias Volume Dealers, Storytone marks the first time Young has not both played piano or guitar on his own album.

To spread the word, he sang live sans overdubs to the orchestra in a new video for the environmental activism anthem "Who's Gonna Stand Up?." Although he sings the track in a separate room, Young was seen by the orchestra via a large screen to aid the collaboration. The images shown also featured shots of pollution.

Young also recorded A Letter Home this year as well as a follow-up to his 2012 memoir Waging Heavy Peace with Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life and Cars. The book was released Oct. 14 with a book signing at Barnes & Noble in Manhattan and recollects Young’s life and times through the cars he has driven.

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