Archives Volume 1 Pre-Order on Amazon, Seriously
Folks know that we've all been following The Neil Young Archives saga for many, many years.
Rumors float by. News comes and goes. Fans give up hope. Some pray for its release before their demise.
We all got pretty excited earlier this year with the announcement at the Sun JavaOne Conference Keynote with Neil Young.
So the latest is that the Neil Young Archives Volume 1 (1963 - 1972) 10 Disc Blue-Ray can now be pre-ordered on Amazon.com. (And if enough folks buy it here, Thrasher's Wheat will be able to actually hire someone to deal with our mailbox! Just kidding... about the hiring not the pre-order.)
Blu-Ray version list Price is $431.99 and Amazon.com has it for $301.99 (includes FREE with Super Saver Shipping, which helps a bit!!!). There is also a regular DVD version on Amazon for $240.99.
This title will be released on January 27, 2009.
(NOTE: It has been reported that Amazon pre-orders do not actually charge your credit card until the item ships. So if you're worried about a pre-order of the Archives never coming or canceled or delayed (and who wouldn't?!) then you will not have funds debuted).
Running time listed at 1,200 minutes -- 20 hours! But no track listing as of yet. But here's an approximate guess.
Here's the preview:
So will The Archives be released before Time Fades Away??? When we started the release TFA petition awhile back it seemed inconceivable. Yet, it might just happen.
Naturally, all this Blu-Ray stuff causes confusion as eddy eccoasked:
I was wonderin'----would any of you know--can you play a blu Ray disc on a regular DVD until one gets a Blu-Ray machine?
Here's an answer:
"All Blu-ray players are backward compatible to play DVDs. The Sony PS3 is considered to be the best BD player and it also has an ethernet port for Internet connection. In addition, the Sony PS3 is continually having updates, which are downloadable from the Internet for free. Many other players don't have this ability and are stuck with whatever firmware ships with the player.
Connecting to the Internet with the Archives Blu-ray set enables the owner to download (for free) new content whenever Neil makes it available. This could be music and video downloads, more archival materials, tour info and special offers.
The regular DVD edition is interactive as much as the Fillmore or Massey Hall DVDS were.
The major differences between the BD and DVD archive editions are that the BD version has 24/192 audio, a HD picture (which means EVERYTHING looks better), the ability to navigate thru the archives while the music plays, Blu-ray style pop up menus and advanced navigation.
Having tested both the DVDs and Blu-ray discs from this set, I can tell you that without a doubt the BD version blows away the DVD in every respect.
Thanks for the clarification Neil! ;)