In 2001 Neil Young chose to sideline the newly recorded Toast in favor of 2002's shabby, soul-inspired Are You Passionate? He'd later write, "Toast was so sad that I couldn't put it out." It wasn't the first time in his prolific, near-monolithic career that the Canadian had left a great record on the shelf. His death-shroud masterpiece Tonight's the Night famously received the same treatment in 1973, perhaps for similar reasons. While Tonight's the Night was unveiled just a couple of years later, Toast has been hidden in Young's vast, unreleased archives for over two decades.
It feels like Neil Young is having a bit of a spring clean – musically speaking, at least. He's delving into his seemingly never-ending archive, releasing new live albums and lost albums. Considering he's released (in the region of) 15 albums since 2019 the quality has been pretty consistent. His new 'lost' album 'Toast' was recorded with his mercurial backing band Crazy Horse in 2001.