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Neil Young Reveals Previously Unreleased 1982 Album Is 'Coming to You Soon'

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Neil Young performs on stage at Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time at Hyde Park on July 12, 2019 in London.

Neil Young has more new music on the way.

The legendary Canadian rocker, who has released massive amounts of previously unheard music over the past year, shared news of yet another long-lost album that will soon see the light of day. Young took to his website on Sunday (Jan. 31) to announce details about a forthcoming album, titled Johnny's Island, which was recorded in 1982 at Commercial Recorders in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The singer-songwriter describes the upcoming set as a "complete album," featuring unreleased tracks like "Big Pearl," "Island in the Sun" and "Love Hotel," along with "others you may have heard before."

"It's a beautiful record coming to you soon," Young wrote in the announcement.

Johnny's Island -- which is "being prepared for release" on Neil Young Archives -- was recorded shortly after his 1982 album, Trans. A specific release date was not provided.

A representative for Young tells Billboard that "due to demand from fans, we do have a very aggressive release schedule from Neil this year." Further details about Johnny's Island were not available.

Earlier this month, Young also announced plans to release a new live album and concert film, Way Down in the Rust Bucket, on Feb. 26 through Reprise Records. The 19-track release documents a 1990 concert with Crazy Horse in Santa Cruz, Calif., and features performances from his album of that year, Ragged Glory.

Young recently made a deal to sell 50% of his music catalog to Hipgnosis Songs. The deal, which could have catalog valued up to $105 million, arrives after decades of Young's refusal to license his music for use in commercials. The nearly 1,200-song catalog spans five decades of Young's solo recordings and music with Buffalo Springfield; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; and Crazy Horse.

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