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Neil Young releases three versions of environmental protest song

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Neil Young releases three versions of environmental protest song

Neil Young has released the first song from Storeytone, his upcoming orchestral album. Who’s Gonna Stand Up? (and Save the Earth) is available in three different versions, all free, and offered gratis to filmmaker activists trying to bring attention to climate change.

According to Young’s website, 92 people performed on the orchestral version of Who’s Gonna Stand Up?, including “60 of the music industry’s finest musicians” and a 30-piece choir. Recorded live at Hollywood’s MGM/Sony soundstage, the piece was arranged by Christopher Walden, mixed by 19-time Grammy winner Al Schmitt, and produced by Young and Niko Bolas. This all corresponds with recent rumours about Young’s new album; the singer has now confirmed that Storeytone is out in November.

Besides the rousing chamber-rock rendition, two more recordings of Who’s Gonna Stand Up? have been posted on Young’s website as free downloads: an acoustic solo take, and a live version with Young backed by Crazy Horse. “I’m giving you permission to please use this music in videos, clips and communications, or in any way you see fit during this critical time,” Young writes. “I hope this music can assist you in the important work we do to reach out for understanding and action in the world.”

The song’s live take was first released last weekend, timed to coincide with the People’s Climate March. In recent years, Young has become extremely vocal on environmental issues, criticising the automotive industry, supporting anti-fracking activists, and raising money for a Native Canadian group’s legal battle with oil companies. “Take out the dams/ Stand up to oil/ Protect the plants and renew the soil,” he sings on the new single. “Let’s save the water/ And build a life for our sons and daughters.”

Young’s most recent album, the lo-fi LP A Letter Home, was released in April.

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Published by Molten , 28.09.2014 at 20:02

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Gillian Snow
Gillian Snow 28 September 14 21:21 It's sad that only one song can not change anything. Even three songs. Text hided expand
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Aylin
Aylin Gillian Snow 29 September 14 00:30 People who hear these three songs can change something to better way Text hided expand
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Nick Cruft
Nick Cruft 28 September 14 23:38 Beautiful song and powerful message! Text hided expand
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Vladislav
Vladislav 29 September 14 03:16 Any met climate change activists may be interested in this! Text hided expand
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