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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Archives Guy Q&A Session: Tuesday, 5/26

The Archives Guy will be conducting Q&A throughout the week here on Thrasher's Wheat.

We're starting a fresh thread each day for the Q&A.

The idea, according to AG, is to be available, in limited quantity, to answer archives questions and aid in making archives decisions.

AG requests that we don't ask why something is/is not included, when other releases are coming out, or why they decided to do x or y. This archives set is a ground
breaking multi-media music release and the Blu-ray edition is utilizing that
format in ways never seen before. Thru communication and straight answers, AG & Shakey Pictures believes that they can help you understand the set better, what it has to offer and how to best use it.

As AG posted to rust:
"The last thing that we here on the Archives team want to see is for fans such as yourselves to blindly go purchasing computer hardware and software, only to set yourself up for a disappointing experience."

Also, please try and review previous Q&A's linked here to reduce repeat questions.

And *PLEASE* sign with some identifier to facilitate responses. Initials, a letter a number, anything other than anonymous. It makes it much easier for everyone to follow thread.

Thanks Archives Guy!

More on Everything You've Ever Wanted To Know About The Neil Young Archives But Were Afraid To Ask.

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(Sorry, but this works for only U.S. readers. More on why this is and why we need to generate revenue from readers in order to maintain this site and pay operating expenses, here.)

Thanks for everyone's support!


At 5/26/2009 04:22:00 AM, Anonymous jy3iix said...

hi AG,

does the planned NYA BD-live content have a graphical component or is it purely audio? If yes, then will it be still-shots/screen-savers only, or is there the possibility of video?


At 5/26/2009 04:28:00 AM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


All of the above. Archival graphical materials, audio, video/film.

-Archives Guy

At 5/26/2009 04:36:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Does Total Media Theatre downsample the 192/24 signal? I have a 192/24 capable soundcard, but I'm not sure TTM will be able to send the raw signal -either in digital or analog form- to the external receiver. I say this because I know that PowerDVD does downsample to 96/24.


At 5/26/2009 05:47:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Samples of all of the tracks can be heard on This is definitely going to be worth the long wait.


At 5/26/2009 06:08:00 AM, Blogger Mick said...

Hey Archives Guy,

Just received my preview disc today (in Australia). So the region free is working too.
I was already sold on Bluray from the beginning, and I had a fair idea of what would be on it thanks to this site.The content and presentation has still exceeded my expectations.The whole team deserves a wrap for putting this together.

I havent found any noticeable tech glitches so far either, which when using new technology always tends to happen. Hopefully it will stay that way.

By the way - am using a Samsung BDP-1500 and seems to be working fine.



At 5/26/2009 06:50:00 AM, Anonymous Zejt said...

When is Warner shipping? June 2nd still ETA.

At 5/26/2009 07:15:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Archives Guy,
Just thought I'd check in and see if anything was going on regarding the downloads not being on the timeline when I disconnect the ethernet cable. You passed it along to the 'smart' guys.


At 5/26/2009 09:17:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'm plugging in my Sony 350 today but I don't have the preview disc. How could I practice using my Blu-ray player w/o the disc?

At 5/26/2009 10:46:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello AG,

No question, just a comment.
Does it surprise the Archive team that, as of this date, there has been no leaks to interwebz?

It crossed my mind, as the new Wilco disc leaks 1 month prior to release and FITR also had an early leak.

Looking forward to my snail mail (legit) delivery, June 3.


At 5/26/2009 11:25:00 AM, Anonymous mcwada said...

Hi AG,

Will the JTTP soundtrack cuts be included on the MP3 download card?

At 5/26/2009 11:27:00 AM, Anonymous buffalo racer said...


I'm going Blu-Ray but not the PS3 route. Will my 8GB USB flash stick be sufficient for the first BD downloads or will I need to buy a bigger stick?

HD film/video content is scaring me...but I like it!

At 5/26/2009 11:38:00 AM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


It shouldn't unless it has preferences that you can change that might create down sampling.
I suggest that you refer to your owner's manual about settings/preferences plus check your soundcard and computer's audio settings to make sure that nothing in the signal path is downsampling.

You should be aware that your optical or SPDIF digital outs of your soundcard will most likely down sample your audio since they are not 192 compliant. Refer to your NYA disc's setup pages for details.

Go analog out from your computer's sound card to make sure that you are getting 192 audio.

At 5/26/2009 11:40:00 AM, Blogger Archives Guy said...

Mick- thanks for your test notes. That should be a good player for you.

Enjoy your Archives experiences.

-Archives Guy

At 5/26/2009 11:42:00 AM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


We still haven't been able to reproduce what you are experiencing, but are trying to and shall report back.

At 5/26/2009 11:45:00 AM, Blogger Archives Guy said...

Go out and buy or rent some BD movies. You can hen set up your player/system and get used to driving around with your remote.

I found the latest Batman movie to be a good test disc since it has BD-Live (though I don't really like how it's used on the disc.

At 5/26/2009 11:48:00 AM, Blogger Archives Guy said...

Anon about leaks:

I'm not surprised at all. We have worked pretty hard to keep this under wraps until it was ready.

At 5/26/2009 11:49:00 AM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


No, the set of mp3 files mirror the tracklist on the CD set.

You can see that list on the preorder page.

At 5/26/2009 11:51:00 AM, Blogger Archives Guy said...

buffalo racer-

You should be good with the 8GB for a while.
Keep in mind that due to bandwidth and such we aren't going to be asking folks to download huge multi-Gig files.

At 5/26/2009 11:59:00 AM, Anonymous Greg said...

i was told by an indie shop owner that his distributor says the initial run will be only 7000 copies of the blue ray set. is this true, and will there be more is it going to be a limited edition set?

At 5/26/2009 12:27:00 PM, Blogger PhilliePhanatic said...

Dear Archives Guy-

My old Sony S300 Profile BLu Ray Player (no longer mentioned on the Sony Site) has been firmware upgraded as much as possible. Preview Disc 00 takes 5 minutes to load and songs skip and restart when accessing graphical content.
So I've opted for a new Samsung S 3600 Profile 2.0 with Wi-Fi. Please reassure me that this player will handle the job. Thanks.


At 5/26/2009 12:28:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi AG:

On the Sony PS3, do you recommend 80 or 160 GB storage version?


Up in Vancouver

At 5/26/2009 12:32:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We know that Neil and the rest of the team want the very best sound possible, but with the variety of studios, equipment, etc. that the original recordings were made at/on/with, was attention paid to getting the music on the Archives pitch perfect? Songs that are sped up or slowed down (with the exception of Expecting to Fly) drive people with perfect pitch crazy.

Thanks for your time!


At 5/26/2009 12:39:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


We haven't tested that player yet, but the Samsung have consistently performed well in our testing.

I'll see if our tech squad has any reports.

As with all players keep your firmware up to date for best results.

At 5/26/2009 12:40:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...

Dustin- Please see my answer earlier in this thread.


At 5/26/2009 12:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Archives Guy,
Are there plans to have outlets such as or stores sell the discs and book individually for those of us who already have the performance series discs in the set? I realize it can be done at Neil's site, but I have a nice gift card for amazon...

At 5/26/2009 12:46:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


in particular, the Riverboat disc needed a lot of work to correct speed and pitch issues.

Here are some details on that process:

This Archives Blu-ray/DVD disc has been compiled from the original 2 track, ¼” analog Riverboat master tape reels, which were recorded at 15ips.

The HDCD® 24-bit 192kHz digital transfers were edited into an assembled program and then sample rate converted to 24-bit 96kHz for audio restoration after it was discovered that the original recordings had varying and uneven speeds.

Through the series of performances, tape speed was found to vary 4% overall and at times as much as 2% during the course of a single song. Audio restoration techniques solved these inconsistencies and brought the program to correct pitch.

After the speed correction process was completed, the audio program was then edited and mastered at 24-bit 96kHz, becoming the DVD master.

In the case of Blu-ray, the audio program went through a final upsampling after the 24-bit 96kHz mastering. This final stage, utilizing a Pacific Microsonics HDCD® Model 2 processor, resulted in the 24-bit 192kHz Blu-ray master.

At 5/26/2009 12:46:00 PM, Blogger john said...

Thanks for taking time to deal with our queries.

For purchasers of the Blu Ray version, will the first BD Live download content follow soon after the release of Archives Volume 1 ?

(P.S. I managed to post a similar question just now on an old thread -apologies!).

At 5/26/2009 12:48:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...

Individual disc question:

NYA Vol 1 discs will be available individually in all 3 formats, BD, DVd, CD exclusively on and not from any other online vendor or record store.

At 5/26/2009 12:48:00 PM, Blogger dano said...

hi AG im going to buy the blu ray package will i be able to play the cd,s in a regular cd player like my truck or will it only play in my ps3 player......p.s i went out and bought a 50" plasma tv and a new ps3 player just for the archives...........thanks

At 5/26/2009 12:49:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


BD-Live? yes, soon but we aren't going to reveal dates and content ahead of time.

At 5/26/2009 12:54:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...

Your question is a bit confusing.

You say that you are buying the Bd edition, but then go on to talk about your CDs.

Please clarify and I'll be happy to answer.

At 5/26/2009 12:55:00 PM, Blogger Phil Kola said...

Question - will the Archives Book definitively clarify all of Neil's recording enadeavors e.g. such as the sessions with Jack Nietsche in '67?

And would something like the Screenplay (or excerpt from) for ATGR be considered as part of the Archives?

Will Neil be doing interviews re: Archives, or does he feel they stand on their own as as statement?

At 5/26/2009 01:00:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...

Phil- I noticed your question on another thread and don't quite know what you mean by clarify...Jack Nitzsche sessions.

Yes, ATGR screenplay is considered as part of the archives and has been discussed. There are rights and permissions issues for us to deal with before being able to share.

Interviews? maybe Only Neil can answer that.
Maybe a BD-Live interview or Welcome message?

At 5/26/2009 01:02:00 PM, Blogger Five Hairs High said...

Archives Guy,
Thank you so much for taking the time (again & again) to answer all of our questions. The answers are great- can't wait to see the product.

At 5/26/2009 01:09:00 PM, Blogger john said...

Thanks for your kind reply to my BD-Live query.

Excuse my ignorance,but how will us Blu Ray version owners be aware that the BD-Live content is available for download.Will this be flagged when we next play an Archives disc ?

I purchased a PS 3 ,following your recommendation & am delighted.Downloading is easy & also Blu Ray DVD'S are stunning.The Who's ,'Live at The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970' &'Live At Kilburn 1977' delight. How much more so will it be for my favourite artist,Neil !

Hello to Crackle as well!

At 5/26/2009 01:11:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


You are welcome.
We are proud of the set and here to help.

At 5/26/2009 01:22:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


will there be a Archives concert tour to promote
the release of the Archives?

also, when I realized it was 300. for each series
my finger wouldn't push the order
about a coupon or something for ordering all
three? I realize it's BR instead of disc, but that is
a thousand ducks..

lil bear

At 5/26/2009 01:23:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


Whenever new BD-Live content is available a message appears onscreen to notify the user upon inserting a disc.

At that point you can either download, go visit the Timeline or ignore the download until you want to get it.

Note that while a download is underway, the disc is still fully functional and you can continue to listen, watch and navigate.....coming back to your download later.

All of the discs, with the exception of the 3 live discs and JTTP have the Timeline and BD-Live capabilities.

Is The Who's 'Live at The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970 available on Blu-ray? That's a great concert. It was on TV a few months ago.

I'll pass along a hi to Crackle. He took a long weekend, but will be back thinkin' Lincoln later in the week.

At 5/26/2009 01:24:00 PM, Anonymous buffalo racer said...

I think Phil was asking whether neil would be doing the usual promotional stuff for the Archives...Magazine Interviews, etc...

At 5/26/2009 01:25:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...

lil bear-

aren't they all archives tours? :-)

At 5/26/2009 01:28:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...

buffalo racer-

Yes on the print interviews. It would be premature and steal the thunder from the mags to announce where to find them.

I will say that David Fricke spent a day with us recently and is working on an article for Rolling Stone.

At 5/26/2009 01:31:00 PM, Blogger PhilliePhanatic said...


Another quick question. I'm assuming that when the play arrow is clicked on a given song screen, one can continue to navigate and zoom to graphic content tabs within that song. Can you also navigate away from that song chapter to the drawer and other chapters while that song is playing??



At 5/26/2009 01:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Archives Guy, Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. I just bought a new computer with a Blue Ray player already installed, Sadly,I am computer ignorant, I received my Preview disc and can only hear the music on it, when i click the menu nothing happens, the still picture changes every now and then? Would you please give me any advice. Am i doing something wrong? I do not have any other Blue Ray discs to test on my computer. I am so looking forward to Neil's Archives experiance on Blue ray! Thank You

At 5/26/2009 01:44:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...

Good questions.

Two things.
1- On the Blu-ray discs one can navigate and listen to the music simultaneously. The DVD format does not allow that functionality.

2- When the PLay arrow is activated in either format, the user is taken to the Play All program that has turntables and tape decks playing the track. While the Blu-ray offers a Pop Up Menu in that mode to navigate around the disc, the exploration of archival materials happens in the File Cabinet or Info Card mode.
When one selects a song in the File Cabinet/Info Card mode (on Blu-ray), the audio track plays automatically and at that point you can navigate around the archives for that particular song.
When another track is selected, it's archives folders are accessible.

What is being modeled here is the experience of being in a physical file cabinet and exploring the contents of file folders.

Arhcives Guy

At 5/26/2009 01:45:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...

What software player are you using?

At 5/26/2009 01:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Archives Guy
'Windows Media Player' is what i think i am playing my preview disc through. I hope that is the answer that you need?
Thanks again!

At 5/26/2009 01:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Archive Guy; I know that you are focused purely on the technical side but when I attempt to purchase the Blu-Ray set online, I select the quantity and then nothing else happens; dead link. I suggest you alert the authorities and yell "Go Wings!"...

At 5/26/2009 02:07:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


If you are serious about using your computer for the Archives, look into ArcSoft Total Media player. Using current updates it will play the Archives set.

Also, not being computer savvy you might seek some help in settng up your computer.
Do you have a sound card that supports 24/192 audio?

Please be advised that the Archives set works in a very limited manner on PCs and that no successful tests have occurred with Macs.

The list of software players that work well is very limited due to the advanced nature of the set's programming and slow response by software player manufacturers to keep up with the format.

In general Blu-ray software players are still in their early stages. Also keep in mind that if your computer does not have a soundcard that supports 24/192 audio, you won't hear the archives as intended on Blu-ray.

The fact that software manufacturers have not kept up the demands of the Blu-ray technology is a shame and we will continue to work with them to help improve their players.
In the meantime, Arcsoft's TotalMedia Theatre has proven to be a software player that works well with this Archives set.

Considerable effort has gone into working with manufacturers to update their players to meet the demands of the Archives use of Blu-ray technology. While the format's technical spec supported some of the features integrated in this set, the code had not ever been written until our project came along.

For this reason, we ask that users keep their BD players firmware updated for best results.

This information is well spelled out on each of the Archives discs.

The list of software players that work well is very limited due to the advanced nature of the set's programming.

In general Blu-ray software players are still in their early stages. Also keep in mind that if your computer does not have a soundcard that supports 24/192 audio, you won't hear the archives as intended on Blu-ray.

At 5/26/2009 02:11:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


Ordering question:
Are you trying to order on

I just went thru the motions and had no issues.
Almost bought another Blu-ray set!

Wings vs Pens? I think so.....

-Archives Guy

word verification on this comment: forkin :-)

At 5/26/2009 02:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

'WoW' Thank You Archives Guy for such a detailed answer to my question, Sorry that I cannot answer your 'sound card' question right now, I will be speaking to my brother who helped me buy it and let him read what you wrote. I thought it would be smooth sailing if i bought a computer with a Blue Ray already installed, little do i know! Thanks, from Toronto! Your the best AC!

At 5/26/2009 02:32:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Archives Guy, THANK YOU for all your efforts here. Wow, you've had to answer crazy ?'s, repeated ?'s, angry ?'s... again, thank you. I have many ?'s, but will try and limit.
I've never watched a Blu-Ray disc and don't have a player (or $ for one, but it's Neil. Am thinking about PS3 route for simplicity). Do have a low end surround hook-up (not good enough to get full power and glory out of all your high end re-mastering efforts)and a middle of the road plasma. I would certainly opt for the dvd version of Archives (just how much detail do I need to see Neil's mug in on a 42" screen? ;-) ) if it weren't for all the possible added content. Wish I had better idea of what all that would be, but I understand that you don't want to spoil that.
Actual questions are:
If I do purchase Blu-Ray and take to a buddy's house to see it (again, I don't yet have player), if we download added content would I still be able to download again when I do get my own player? What about years down the road if I were to get yet another player?
Also, do "Easter Eggs" differ in dvd vs Blu-Ray version?
It's getting really exciting to be this close! Love that Neil is breaking (shattering?) new ground. We'll probably be thanking him later, but right now I'm a little lost and bummed to have to spend a couple hundred extra bucks to jump into the unknown dark w/ him. I don't mean that in a complaining way, as much as it sounds like it. I'm sure he won't disappoint. THANK YOU again, ~MB in Seattle

At 5/26/2009 02:37:00 PM, Anonymous Dustin said...

Thanks AG for earlier answer. Apologies for missing.

2nd question (hopefully not a dupe):

Does anyone know about Sony's future plans on PS's?

It looks like I'll go for PS3. But if PS4 is on the horizon, maybe I should wait?

At 5/26/2009 02:48:00 PM, Anonymous Greg said...

hi, i asked earlier about there being only 7000 copies of the blue ray available that hasnt been answered yet. i need to know if i have to order now or if i can wait. thanks

At 5/26/2009 02:49:00 PM, Anonymous Dylan The Dog said...

PS4 is not coming anytime soon so go for the PS3!!

At 5/26/2009 02:58:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...

MB in Seattle-

Thanks for the questions. A couple of things:

If BD isn't within your budget and fits your set up, go for the DVD. It is a fine edition, but lacks the HD pictures, navigating while listening, BD-Live etc.

This is why we have 3 formats, to help meet your budget and listening preferences.

Yes, you could download BD-Live at a friend's house and then later download at your place again.
The limiting factor here is that your friend won't be able to see any of the BD-Live on his player until you come back over and play one of your disc's.
The files are heavily encrypted and can only be accessed when an authorized disc is used.

If you change player's later or your current player takes a dump, simply download all the available content again.

-Archives Guy

At 5/26/2009 03:01:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...

In terms of quantities and number in the production run, I can't help you...dunno and don't know where these kinds of numbers you speak of come from

My uneducated guess is that quantities will be limited, but a second pressing would happen some time later to meet demand.

Personally, I expect a set such as this will sell out quickly.

At 5/26/2009 03:05:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...


With respect to BD-Live, will I need to connect my Blu-Ray PLayer to an ethernet plug every time an update is needed as there is no direct connection, unless you know of some wifi solution.


At 5/26/2009 03:09:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


Some players such as the Sony PS3 have WiFi connectivity to the Web.
If the player doesn't, yes you will need a hard wire ethernet connection to receive notifications and downloads.

-Archives Guy

At 5/26/2009 03:12:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...

More for MB-

Same Easter Eggs on BD and DVD.

At 5/26/2009 03:15:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear AG,

Thanks again for your time and effort.Question.Does Neil own his masters?I like to think that he does.Also.Thanks for the tech info about the Riverboat show.I always find that stuff innarestin'. :)

The Mugwump

At 5/26/2009 03:22:00 PM, Anonymous nicospilmont said...

Hi AG,

thank you for answering the fans' questions !
By the way, i don't have any question...was just thinking that this "conversation" is really becoming very technical ! I won't by the BD because of my budget and , now, also for technical reasons since it sounds really complicated to me now, though I am not an old "dinosaur" (I'm 31). Anyway, I'll most probably go for the DVD, since I've been convinced by the Disc 8 demo ! I'm not sure when I will be able to buy, since Archives are not available for pre-order here in France (and I don't know anything about the custom fees if I order from

Congratulations for this achievement !


At 5/26/2009 03:23:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


Most definitely!! And is in possession of them.

At times in the Archives set we show tape boxes, labels and track sheets. I'm a real sucker for that kinda stuff and it inspires me to be detailed when I label tapes and boxes.

-Archives Guy

At 5/26/2009 03:25:00 PM, Blogger john said...

Thanks once more Archives Guy for your patient and considered reply. I needed reminding about what was what, concerning the BD-Live content of The Archives.I am now confident I can proceed - with confidence !

The Who, 'Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970' is indeed available on Blu Ray - in the UK on Eagle Vision ERBRD5019. I don't know the position concerning a release in the USA.I could get you one! Yes, it's a great concert,film,and now Blu Ray.

It has been restored from the original negative & the sound remixed from the original 8 track tapes under Pete Townsend's personal supervision.Would you expect anything

Kind Regards.

At 5/26/2009 03:25:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


For sure go for DVD. It is a fine set and this time last year was the pride of the fleet.....then came Blu-ray.

At 5/26/2009 03:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi AG,

On the MP3's, I understand there's a card in the box.

Is this some code we enter into a website?

I suppose the code is valid once?

If you screw up the download, you're toast? ;)

Awaiting in Albuquerque

At 5/26/2009 03:28:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks AG! I didn't mean to be another format complainer, but realize I may have come off that way in backhanded way. I'm too obsessive compulsive and Neil is way too big in my life not to have everything you make available via the Blu-Ray... let's hope it's a boatload of post-purchase added downloads:-)!
And to contradict myself on the $ issue, I may even buy the cd version to start w/ in the meanwhile and have easy access to the music.
2 quick tech ?'s: Does PS3 come w/ cable to connect to internet for downloads and cables to connect to Panasonic plasma tv? Presumably the 40gig version is plenty of room for added materials?
Sincerely appreciate you making yourself available. ~MB in Seattle

At 5/26/2009 03:30:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


I have an inquiry in to the record company about European ordering and such. Shal report back.

At 5/26/2009 03:34:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


Yes there is a code.
Yes it is a one time download.
If you screwup or the download is interrupted, you aren't toast.

A customer support system is being put in place to aid with download issues such as what you mention.
I am waiting to hear back from the record company on this and will be personally testing and breaking the download system before we have this go live to the public.

We want your experience to be a positive one.

At 5/26/2009 03:42:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


I've had more than my fair share of format complainers and you aren't one.

Yes, the PS3 connects to the internet via wifi or ethernet cable.

When you by a PS3, you will need to purchase an HDMI cable to get to your plasma ( assuming that the TV has HDMI).

While some may argue the point, I don't suggest that you pay $100 for some 6 foot HDMI cable at the big box store that has a fancy name and label on it.
You can get good cables for MUCH less online. A pro audio/video place that I like to deal with is
I've purchased tons of stuff from them for Neil's rigs and projects. All to great success.

I'd suggest the 80GB PS3 over the 40GB. It is a newer machine.

At 5/26/2009 03:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I am planning to buy a PS3 and the Blu-Ray version but I don't have a plasma TV (yet). Am I going to need to buy some expensive cable or is this going to cause any problems with the Archives?


At 5/26/2009 04:00:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...

Please see my comment directly above for answer and shopping ideas.
If your new TV (LCD or plasma) has an HDMI connection, that is the best way to get the highest quality picture to the screen.

You may also connect analog (yellow RCA cable to most folks) from PS3 to TV, but the image quality won't be as good...not HD.

At 5/26/2009 04:01:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi AG!

Not a techie question since a bunch of this doesn't make sense to me.

But do you know who the author of the book is?

I can't play the preview either but really look forward to book.


At 5/26/2009 04:03:00 PM, Blogger dano said...

AG ok here i go i hope this dont sound to dumb but im not up on all this new tecnology im buying the blu ray package are these strickly just for viewing on blu ray players ? if i want to listen to the music elsewhere eg my truck will i also have to buy the cd package.....thanks

At 5/26/2009 04:06:00 PM, Anonymous dr dip said...

G'DAY AG, ..Now Blu-ray.....If I buy one..Will I have to watch the sting in the tail?....I know what happened to Steve Irwin and it wasn't pretty!

At 5/26/2009 04:10:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


Art direction and design: Gary Burden & Jenice Heo for R. Twerk & Co.
Photographs, artwork, text and credits researched and compiled by Joel Bernstein
Production: L.A. Johnson

At 5/26/2009 04:12:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


OK. If your truck's player can play DVD or CD, you can use either DVD or CDs. If CD only, then go for the CD set and rock out.

At 5/26/2009 04:14:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...

dr dip-

Blu-ray NOT sting ray!! :-)

Is it true that your practice is based out of a marsupial's pouch?

At 5/26/2009 04:15:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is for Dano

if you buy the blu-ray version, i believe it comes with the free MP3 download of all the tracks. Just download them and burn them to blank CDs for more portable listening. Thats what I am going to do, that way I get the full experience with Blu-Ray but can still listen in the car. Best of both worlds.

At 5/26/2009 04:25:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Thanks, as always, Archives Guy!

FYI - Turning off word verification to keep it flowin'


At 5/26/2009 04:28:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


I was gonna mention that avenue, but then I realized that was like suggesting that someone shine up a lump of coal, glues it onto a ring and calls it costume jewelry with a fake diamond on it. :-)

At 5/26/2009 04:31:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...

thanks, Thrasher.

Everybody give a shout out to TW for hosting this discussion and blog. Go to your iPhone and turn on concert lighter application.

Do what you can to support him and help pay for this site to stay alive.

At 5/26/2009 04:33:00 PM, Anonymous SONY said...

This may be a technical observation, but you may have referenced the wrong side of the marsupial.

At 5/26/2009 04:44:00 PM, Anonymous dr dip said...

AG, may I qoute DYLAN......

"Hey Joey!.. where you goin' with that scalpel in ya hand?

Hey JOE(Y),I said where ya goin' with that blu-ray in ya hand?

I see ya messin' with ol'AG
"STOP NOW!",At OL'Thrash's demand

At 5/26/2009 04:46:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


Perhaps....everything down under is upside down, right? :-)

As someone wrote:

Do you know?
Don't you wonder?
What's going on down under....

At 5/26/2009 04:47:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi AG!

Not a techie question since a bunch of this doesn't make sense to me.

But do you know who the author of the book is?

I can't play the preview either but really look forward to book.


At 5/26/2009 04:50:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


Please see my earlier reply to your question.

At 5/26/2009 04:57:00 PM, Anonymous SONY said...

"Anything you want to know,
just ask me,
I'm the world's most opinionated man.

I'll give you an answer if I can

Catch one passing through

That feels right for you."

Thanks for the GREAT INFO.

At 5/26/2009 04:59:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...

lunchtime....I'll be back.

Based on today's questions, it seems like we are getting close to exhausting what I would call the "major issues".

Shall return soon.

-Archives Guy

At 5/26/2009 05:22:00 PM, Anonymous Matt said...

Dear Archives guy,
Are you exclusively involved with the archives or are you a longtime friend of Neil and the gang?

At 5/26/2009 05:23:00 PM, Anonymous Marc C said...

hey AG,just another thanks for takin the time to answer all o' these questions.

i'd just like to have a few things cleared up that i'm pretty sure you've answered already, but would be much easier to have in one single response for us n00bs ;)

i own a 40GB you think that's alright? any major downsides (lack of space)? if lack of space is the major problem, how can one fix that? (assuming that can be fixed without buying a new ps3)

and secondly, i don't own a fancy flat screen tv...just a regular one. how will this affect the images and videos in the blu-ray set? is the only downside that they won't be Hi-Def? or will they actually be distorted and pixaled?

thanks again, and sorry for any re-hashing!

-Marc C

At 5/26/2009 05:30:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


I work on the Archives but not exclusively and yes.

At 5/26/2009 05:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Marc C.
I have the Blue Ray and a regular Tv. Everything is fine. I just can't read the have written lyrics very well. Or the small writing on the timeline. Too bad but still better than the dvd version.


At 5/26/2009 05:35:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


40GB is fine and enough storage.

If you watch the Blu-ray discs on a non-HD monitor/TV, yes you will have a degraded picture image.
By definition, the image will not be as clear or easy to read as with a HD screen. The non-HD screen can't support the resolution, therefore some of the information on screen will not be reproduced.

This wiki page might help you understand:

At 5/26/2009 05:40:00 PM, Anonymous Marc C said...

thanks AG & Syscrusher,

does the same go for audio?

-Marc C

At 5/26/2009 05:49:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


Please explain what you are playing your audio thru and what you use to listen to it.

Are you saying that you are listening thru the TV speakers?

At 5/26/2009 05:59:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey AG,

What are some Blu Ray players other than the PS3 that you can recommend?



At 5/26/2009 06:10:00 PM, Anonymous J Criswell said...

Archives Guy;

I love the music on Volume One; and have ordered both the Blu-ray & HDCD version.

I just hope that the remaining album cuts not represented here are going to be offered as downloads on BD-Live. etc; like The Losing End, Words (original version has more spark), Out On The Weekend, etc..

Though this box covers it mostly with all the songs from this period.

One wish for future volumes; is to make sure all of the released albums for the time period are represented completely with rare versions and b sides. Volume Two; my guess will be larger than 10 discs; maybe 15 discs. Its ok, whats another $100.... Thanks

At 5/26/2009 06:35:00 PM, Anonymous Sean O'Leary said...

AG, I have formed a Neil Young tribute band named Harvest. I hope Neil doesn't mind. Can you ask him?

I have read all your notes re volume 1 and I think you have done a wonderful job, particularly with the blu-ray and BD-Live. I pre-ordered it on day 1. I'm so excited. I'm taking a couple of days off work next week to take it all in.

You are setting the bar for all other artists. Congratulations. Go Neil (and co.)

Dublin, Ireland.

At 5/26/2009 06:42:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


You have our blessings on your new band.
Don't forget to throw in a few of your own tunes when ya play.

At 5/26/2009 06:57:00 PM, Anonymous Sean O'Leary said...

Super! You have made my day!

Here's a link:

Keep on rockin' etc

At 5/26/2009 07:00:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marc C.
Just to add. With the regular TV/BD combo the photos still seem just as clear as anything else I watch on my TV.

Archives Guy
Any chance Neil would sign our copies(those ordered thru He mentioned it once.


At 5/26/2009 07:13:00 PM, Anonymous JCriswell said...

Archives Guy;

I noticed on that also coming June 2nd are "remastered" downloads of Neil's first 4 albums.

Will the remasterd cd's be out this year also?

At 5/26/2009 07:18:00 PM, Anonymous Shittyhorse said...

AG, do you know if there are any problems playing the DVDs on a MAC or should they just play like a regular DVD? Thanks

At 5/26/2009 07:25:00 PM, Anonymous dr dip said...

So Archie, if Neil Is a friend of yours which I don't doubt, Could ya please ask him again why he didn't get back to me when I invited him to my 21st!!!(in 1971)

At 5/26/2009 07:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where there any new tracks/overdubs added to the old recordings? Like, has Neil re-recorded any part of a song...fixed a solo or added a vocal etc?

At 5/26/2009 07:35:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Doc D,
Don't make me turn word verify back on.

At 5/26/2009 07:39:00 PM, Anonymous Marc C said...


yeah,i am just listening to it through the tv speakers haha

i spent alot of money just on the PS3 for the Archives and i'm only 19 years old, so i don't think my budget really allows me to buy heavy duty speakers and such

the hi-def and surround sound aspect of the Archives, although much appreciated, isn't really the reason why i went with blu-ray; i chose blu-ray for the extra content (BD-Live) that it offers, as well as being immersed in the groundbreaking navigation and handling it offers

do you think i'll have any problems?

-Marc C

At 5/26/2009 07:39:00 PM, Blogger Stringman said...

Hey AG

Be careful about those DownUnder comments!!! :)
Neil's biggest fans are down here!!

(who is waiting for the Warner's site to say SHIPPED and then still wait 10 days)

At 5/26/2009 07:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Archives Guy -

For those of us who did the pre-order, do you know when we should expect to receive the box set and 7-inch record. Will they arrive on the 2nd, on the 3rd, on the 1st?

The preview disc is GREAT!

At 5/26/2009 07:46:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


That date doesn't seem right to me.
Yes there are plans for CD and vinyl of these awesome remasters as part of the NYA Original Release Series (ORS).

The tracks are the Archives sets are the same remasters.

Dates aren't set.

At 5/26/2009 07:48:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...

Sh#*tty Horse-

Should be no problems playing the DVDs on a Mac.
I've been doing it for over a year with no issues.

At 5/26/2009 07:49:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


new tracks or overdubs??

no freakin' way.

At 5/26/2009 07:52:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...

Marc C-

You won't have any problems, just will only hear what your TV speakers are able to reproduce.

Do you have a stereo system, a boom box or anything like powered speakers?

At 5/26/2009 07:52:00 PM, Anonymous dr dip said...

Thrash, I tellya, someones goin' on this site usin' my name.
Do ya think I'd be writin all these ridiculous comments all the time and pissin you off!

Would the real Dr Dip
Please stand
Please stand up

Now I'm the Dr dip
I shoot from the hip

I'd never jump ship
I'll give you the tip

Even with the Thrasher
Gettin' out the whip!!

Luv ya Thrash,last comment for the day..I've got funerals to organise!

At 5/26/2009 07:53:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...

Date of shipping question-

no idea...sorry.

At 5/26/2009 07:57:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Archives Dude, Is it true Briggs (RIP) only wanted the tunes he produced on the Archives?

At 5/26/2009 07:58:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

At 5/26/2009 08:10:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...

Briggs question-

I've never heard that and it is very doubtful that statement would be true.

At 5/26/2009 08:12:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...

I think that we are almost done here for the day.
There is a hockey game on TV right now.

Any more questions?

At 5/26/2009 08:16:00 PM, Anonymous Alcoholic Anonymous said...

Archives Guy, we love you.. thank you oh so much for all your patience, answering our questions regarding the archives (and more) it's really awesome of you guys do this...who else would!?!
Tell Neil We all said hi! and thanks!
You rock man!

At 5/26/2009 08:20:00 PM, Anonymous Shakey_Arrow said...

I've been following these forums ever since Blu Ray was announced, and I've never posted. I just want to say thanks to AG & Thrash.

At 5/26/2009 08:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So with BD Live, the additional cotnent is saved ont he player and not on the actual disc themselves?

Also, what kind of information are we going to find in our 236 page book? Will it be similar to the booklet in the Buffalo Sprignfield box (track info, tour dates, etc), or will their be additional content, like a recording session history or personal biography or whatever else? Or everything about the book super top secret info?

Thansk for taking time to answer questions!

At 5/26/2009 08:38:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...

Western River-

Yes, everything is stored in your player.
The disc would have to be a rewritable disc requiring a Blu-ray recorder/writer to do this any other way.

The book isn't secret. It is a visual companion to the set and apart from page after page of photos, documents, lyrics, memorabilia has database information, tape references, detailed track,musician,credits descriptions and more.

Think of a 236 page booklet inside an old record album and you've got the idea.

At 5/26/2009 08:44:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL, I meant secret as in it's can't be revealed about it until us rusties open it up with our sets in a week. But thanks for the clarification!

Another question I forgot to ask: what's the current status of Toast? I remember reading about it quite a bit last year before (I assume) it got put on the back-burner for Fork in the Road and the Archives.

And I must say that you're right about Slowly Burning: it sounds absolutely beautiful int he sample! It does say on Amazon that it's an "unfinished recording" though. Where there lyrics planned and written for this song, and if so, will they be a part of the documents section in the file cabinet? And your work on the Riverboat disc sounds great too. I couldn't even tell that there were pitch differences, and the quality is excellent.

At 5/26/2009 08:48:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


Toast is just on hold. We have enough to do right now and our team is small.

Slowly Burning? We'll leave that as a secret. :-)

Yes, Riverboat came out pretty good after all the work that was done to fix it's issues.

At 5/26/2009 08:53:00 PM, Anonymous Bonner said...

Archives guy, not counting Journey Though the Past, how many hours video are on the set roughly?

At 5/26/2009 08:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice! Something else to look forward to :).

OK, I'll stop asking questions now and let you watch your game. Though I must say, being a Detroit native, it doesn't amtter who wins this series; because we all know who's going to wint he cup.

At 5/26/2009 09:03:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


Ya know, we've never added it up, but there is a lot.

Also, remember this is was film back then, not video.

At 5/26/2009 10:01:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Archives guy, one more you think we'll ever learn your true Identity?

At 5/26/2009 10:12:00 PM, Blogger Lone Red Rider said...


I'll do my own research, but maybe you can help....Hi-Def video streamed has pretty high data rates. I forget the exact numbers but rates in the range of 20-30Gbps seem to jump to mind. I think USB2.0 handles this no problem, but what about the flash drives themselves? Is this a real consideration to get stutter-free video playback of BD-Downloaded film content in hi-def? What are the flash memory sticks you have tested with the archives? How did they perform? Is it necessary to get a "high speed" flash storage devices?

At 5/26/2009 10:16:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


I dunno. It doesn't really matter who the messenger is, it's all about the message.

Someone will figure it out one day. So far, no one has and that's ok by me to keep it that way.

My wife doesn't even know that I'm Archives Guy...seriously.

BTW- Penguins sweep and rest up for the finals!!

At 5/26/2009 10:22:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


We aren't going to be providing HD video via BD-Live due to file size and bandwidth.
It just isn't fair to think that the average person has super fast connection speeds and we don't want folks to watch a progress bar for hours wondering if the download is happening or broken.

Your concerns are valid to consider and you are diligent. I don't think that you need a high speed flash storage to be successful here. However, I never stop any one from being up to date with their tech toys.

At 5/26/2009 10:22:00 PM, Blogger Stringman said...


I have news for you,
We know exactly who you are!! :)
Nice picture too!! lol

But we have no intention of divulging your Identity.
You secret is safe with us.



At 5/26/2009 10:27:00 PM, Anonymous JCriswell said...

My guess for Archives Guy is either Ben Johnson or Larry Johnson.

Joel Bernstein would be too easy; so would LA, So with the amount of knowledge here represented I believe its LA's son.

But really who cares; if we know its an exact person; thus obsessed rusties would ask redundant personal based ?'s to that person....

At 5/26/2009 10:29:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


I don't really know what pictures of me would be on the internet, but I'll take your word for it.

You oath to the Code Of Silence will one day grant you entry to the hidden Archives HQ inside our secret floating volcano island...guarded by mechanical Dangerbirds with built in surveillance cameras. :-)

Dang! I better to Google myself and see what pictures are out there.

At 5/26/2009 10:35:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


Ben is smart, but not Archives Guy smart. :-)

If I were Joel, my comments would be 5 pages in length every time, spell checked and with multiple references and links to further anecdotal ponderings accented by photos. :-)

At 5/26/2009 10:37:00 PM, Blogger Stringman said...


Go straight to JAIL


Beauty I get to go to the Zuma place with all the Mazzeo birds carrying naked girls!!!

I am looking forward to the next Archives Vol.2. All that great stuff from TFA , TTN, OTB, ZUMA, Santa Monica Flyers, Ducks and the Frozen noses.

I reckon Volume 2 must have been the hardest to compile!



At 5/26/2009 10:39:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...

Unless we are moving into a night shift here, I'm gonna go throw a T-Bone on the BBQ and watch this California Sunset.

At 5/26/2009 10:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Not Tim Mulligan, the most sullen doobie brother? lol

At 5/26/2009 10:42:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Got mashed potato?

At 5/26/2009 10:46:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

shit, get him on here

At 5/26/2009 10:48:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...

no...just potato salad and some nicely marinated asparagus for the grill.

bonsoir for now

-Archives Guy

At 5/26/2009 11:54:00 PM, Anonymous MrCupp said...

i pre-ordered the blu-ray set. since all the previously released archives live albums are in the box except sugar mountain, i bought only that one on vinyl.

with news of the 1st four albums getting reissued should i expect that the songs not in the box from these albums are going to be released as BR Live material? are you planning on BRD reissues of these albums?

ill be playing the box on my ps3 with a 5.1 stereo. since everything (ignoring the JTTP movie) is in stereo if i was going to upgrade my speakers i only need to worry about the front 2, right?
i have the Harvest DVD, which was in 5.1/DTS, should we expect that some studio material down the road will have a similar treatment on BRD?

thanks for spending time answering these questions and thanks to neil and joel and all of you. im so excited!


At 5/27/2009 02:06:00 AM, Anonymous dr dip said...

So, I come back home and log on to my favourite site and notice a bit of fun happenin' with "Archie"
with a guess my identity game..well the old Doc can't resist a game...Are you Batman?
or the lone Danger maybe? C'mon give us a hint!
Anyways, thanks for all your help and info on this thread.
Hey,AG, ya said ya wife doesn't even know your Archives guy!!...We've got somethin in common wife don't even know I'm the moron, Dr Dip....he he

At 5/27/2009 02:50:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok I have a question that I THINK nobody has asked yet....maybe more of an idea that a question?

Will ENTIRE shows be available as BDlive downloads in the future?

say for example, you could have a recent 2008 or 2009 (or whatever time frame - 1976, 1988 etc...) show voted for via the website, and it could appear as a download which you could drop into the timeline...

I think this is a cool idea. It could be an 'archives live download series'


At 5/27/2009 03:16:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the BBC In Concert included in the Archives?

At 5/27/2009 04:37:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just heard the BBC concert is not on the Archives!! How can it not be included? That's one of the best Neil concerts there is.

At 5/27/2009 05:44:00 AM, Anonymous Painter said...

And will Riverboat be released as a Perf.Series disc? Or will be available only in the Archives?
Because I'd like to buy it individually...

At 5/27/2009 05:44:00 AM, Anonymous tomlong95 said...

The BBC concert is available on DVD (at least here in Germany). It's called "Hot summer nights in London". I think it's a bootleg though, but susprisingly you can even order it from Amazon.

At 5/27/2009 08:22:00 AM, Anonymous dr dip said...

....And If ya can't get it from Amazon, I'm sure good ol' Johnny Rocket could burn ya a copy!!!

Cough up the bucks!!

At 5/27/2009 09:34:00 AM, Anonymous windfall66 said...

I'd be interested to know if the original albums, remastered, are going to be made available in a higher rez format than CD. Can we expect CD/DVD packages like other recent NY releases? One would hope so, given Neil's commitment to sound quality.

And any chance that the BD of Archives will "fill in the gaps" via BD live, so that the officially released tracks from the early albums, missing from the current Archives tracklisting, can be slotted in for a truly comprehensive archive?


At 5/27/2009 10:20:00 AM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


You can purchase the Riverboat disc in BD, DVD or CD exclusively thru

At 5/27/2009 10:22:00 AM, Blogger Archives Guy said...


There is a part of BD-Live called Progressive Playlist inwhich a tracklist can be downloaded and played as a show or individual tracks.

You can bet we have thought about ways to use this.

-Archives Guy

At 6/02/2009 05:54:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will the original mixes for 'Neil Young' be included? I know Neil hates the original mix, but I prefer it. 'Here We Are In The Years' has the organ part removed and the Heart-beat fade-out cut short.

'What Did You Do To My Life' has an annoying drone guitar part that ruins the song.

It would be nice to hear both the original mix alongside the remixed version.

People ask me: "Whats your fav Neil album?" and I say: "The first one..." then they say "EKTIN - yeah it's great!" And I say: "No - the first one!"


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