Thread: Neil Young to Place His Entire Archives Online

jszfunk - 8/8/2017 at 11:33 AM

To date, Neil Young‘s archival releases have consisted of a bunch of live recordings and the 10-disc 2009 box set, The Archives Vol. 1 1963–1972. He’s now announced plans to place all of it online for streaming, complete with an interactive timeline, and it will be continually updated to allow for future works.

Over at Neil Young Archives is a letter outlining what he plans to do. “Every single, recorded track or album I have produced is represented,” he writes. “It is always current. You can browse the music I made between today’s date and 1963, when I made my first recording in Canada and it was released as a 45 RPM single.”

He adds that zooming in on the timeline will reveal full details of everything Young recorded in that period, from his known albums to unreleased standalone tracks or abandoned projects, annotated with credits, artwork and information on the sessions. Young has also created a “filing cabinet” containing the songs in chronological order, with such extra information as videos, films, press or other memorabilia associated with the individual track.

Young then goes into detail about the technology behind his new Xstream service, which he announced back in April, promising “the highest quality your network condition allows at that moment and adapts as the network conditions change.” The music found on the Neil Young Archives, he says, will be “pure uncompressed masters” because “[a]ll compression formats compromise quality.”

It appears that the first archival work to be unveiled on the Neil Young Archives is Hitchhiker, an album he recorded with just his acoustic guitar on Aug. 11, 1976. Often bootlegged, Hitchhiker contains early versions of “Pocahontas,” “Powderfinger” and “Ride My Llama,” and several unreleased songs, like “Hawaii” and “God Give Me Strength.”

“It was a complete piece, although I was pretty stony on it, and you can hear it in my performances,” Young wrote in his memoir, Special Deluxe. “Dean Stockwell, my friend and a great actor who I later worked on Human Highway as a co-director, was with us that night, sitting in the room with me as I laid down all the songs in a row, pausing only for weed, beer or coke. [David] Briggs was in the control room, mixing live on his favorite console.” You can check out the title track here

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das814 - 8/8/2017 at 05:13 PM

I'd suggest also going to for the reactions of long time fans to this announcement.

While the announcement sounds all well and good, too many long time fans have been disappointed by Neil's grand ideas that never come to realization.

I've been a fan of Neil's since the Buffalo Springfield days, and while he dreams big about his Archives, the execution leaves much to be desired.

...and I'll keep buying whatever he puts out anyway...(big sigh)

mikesolo - 8/9/2017 at 01:53 AM

The title tack is available on iTunes and it's pretty good classic sounding Neil on acoustic and harmonica.

Yankeefan01 - 8/9/2017 at 03:04 PM

That would be pretty cool as Neil is sitting on quite a bit of unreleased material.

Curious on what the cost would be for access and if any of it would be released physically.

griff - 8/9/2017 at 03:37 PM

An illustration if you will, of the power of technology and who will control it.
The haves and the have nots?
Open access for all, or pay the ones with the password.
Power and the powerful.
Anyway, I like what Neil is doing. A database of live shows would be nice where once can pick and choose the concert.

DeadMallard - 8/9/2017 at 07:57 PM

I hope he does well with it but he's climbing a steep hill.

Love Neil.

matt05 - 8/10/2017 at 03:40 AM

i'll believe it when I see it. that's the way you have to handle neil young

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