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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Neil Young Archives: "Defy expectation and transcend limitation"

UPDATE 5/20 @12EST: Archives Guy Online *NOW* for Q&A Session

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From Neil Young: Archives Vol. I 1963-1972 - Spotlight | TONEAudio MAGAZINE by Bob Gendron:
Neil Young’s Archives Vol. I 10-disc multimedia box set is the stuff of dreams.

Specifically made for the Blu-ray disc format (the compilation is also available on 10-disc DVD and 8-CD sets, respectively), it is the most groundbreaking music release in decades-an immersive intersection of sound, vision, and interactivity that will change how bands present their history and how fans experience art.

For years nothing more than a rumor that became legendary for the myriad delays caused by the absence of a suitable technology, the set reaffirms Young’s brilliance, ambition, and imagination. Not there was ever any doubt. That the Canadian native possessed the foresight to commence this project in earnest nearly four decades ago, and then execute it with such intelligent design and loving enthusiasm, staggers the senses. And that’s exactly what Archives Vol. I does from beginning to end.


And nowhere is that attribute more manifest than in the sonics. The warmth, richness, fullness, airiness, separation, body, extension, detail, intimacy, tonality, depth, dimensionality, clarity, and sheer life-like presence that these recordings convey defy expectation and transcend limitation. At every step, whether on 1965’s “The Sultan” or a wowing, previously unheard 1971 version of “Dance Dance Dance” with Graham Nash, the sound is room-filling, balanced, natural, lively, and utterly engaging. Digital has never been better.

Neither has any box set in recent memory. In Archives, Young and company have gone beyond their realm. They’ve created a platform that other artists can use to assemble their own music-based multimedia scrapbook. Think of what Pearl Jam, Radiohead, and Bob Dylan could do with this format! Until that happens, Young has established a precedent that may be impossible to top, and he’s not yet even halfway through.

More on that oh-so elusively beautiful girl we call The Neil Young Archives: A Roundup.


At 5/19/2009 09:37:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 5/19/2009 10:46:00 PM, Anonymous dr dip said...

Ah, all you prodical son's and naysayers....come home to roost!
Your flight of negativity is over!

Come back to the nest

And enjoy Neil's quest

Your bitchin' and guessin

should teach you a lesson

Never doubt your Messiah

He's never a liar

The archives are here!

So go grab a beer

Sit back and enjoy it

When you deploy it!

go buy a Blu-ray

Its less then your weeks pay

to those that are buyers

come join the Squires!

Mr soul to I wonder

his spell you'll be under

with Stills Furay and Martin

the band he gets startin

then off on his own

From the boys he has flown

Down by the river

It'll give you a shiver

from The loner to Cowgirl

then comes the Goldrush

tell me why I've been told

his heart is still gold

So enjoy all disc 1

Long may he Run!!!


I think we've all won!!!

At 5/20/2009 10:47:00 AM, Blogger Archives Guy said...

An outstanding review of Vol. 1 by a reviewer really seems to understand what this set is all about.

-Archives Guy

At 5/20/2009 11:31:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi AG,

I pre-ordered the Blu-Ray a week ago. Will I still get a preview disc before 6/2?

Or was that only for folks who ordered before early May?

Anxious in albany

At 5/20/2009 12:06:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Archives Guy,

I won't be able to buy a Blu-Ray player for another year or two when I upgrade my TV. I'd like to get it now but it's just not feasible.

If I buy the BR version of Archives now, can I access the mp3 files even if I don't touch the BR discs for another year or two? I hope the answer is yes, so at least I can listen to the music.

Also, are the mp3 files encoded at 320 kb/s?

Thank you!


At 5/20/2009 12:38:00 PM, Blogger Archives Guy said...

All pre-orders from will come with the preview disc.

The mp3 files are obtained by using an access card (with a one time use code) that is inside the box.
You then download the mp3 files.

Listening to mp3 fles for a year? ouch, that is brutal.

I understand that the files will be either 256kbps and 320 kbps.

-Archives Guy

At 5/20/2009 12:41:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

AG Q&A's should be posted in this thread:
Neil Young News: Archives Guy Stopped By For Some Q&A

At 5/20/2009 01:01:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Just bought a Sony 350 blu-ray player and was wondering if it has the same ability to play music and memorbilia at the same time as a PS3?

At 5/20/2009 07:07:00 PM, Blogger Sigma6 said...

Now that Blu Ray will be obsolete, we will be able to purchase all Volumes of the Archives on 1 disc! :-P,28348,25515541-5014239,00.html

At 5/20/2009 07:29:00 PM, Anonymous Jeff said...

Question: If I buy an individual Blu-Ray Disc from do I still get an mp3 card for that single disk? The only way I can afford Blu Ray is to buy 1-2 disks at a time.

Thanks so much AG!!

At 6/02/2009 09:53:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have the download card? How can I download? I don't find the link?

At 6/02/2009 03:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Me neither. Where's the link?

At 6/03/2009 11:32:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where can you download the mp3s? On the card it says : but there is no link or info about the download. I am buying BR-player in a month or so but I want the MP3s now!!!
frustrated Norwegian

At 6/03/2009 04:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I go to the website on the back of the download card it takes me to the Archives store and there's no instructions. Anybody figured how to do it yet?

At 6/03/2009 10:56:00 PM, Blogger Dan said...

I pay $300 for the Blu-Ray discs I can't play yet, and I don't think it's too much to ask that the advertised mp3's be available at the same time. Where are they? Did I say I paid you $300? Did I mention that's a lot of money?

At 6/03/2009 11:06:00 PM, Blogger Dan said...

By "you" I meant Neil and company of course. The more I think about this the more irritated I get. I don't have a Blu-Ray player, but I bought the music and I want to hear it.

At 6/05/2009 11:41:00 AM, Blogger Sherm said...

Finally an explanation about the mp3 download card: At it says that "your mp3 downloads will be available after 7pm PST on June 5th"

At 6/05/2009 10:15:00 PM, Blogger Dan said...

Well, they missed that target too, though I guess even if they put them up next month or next year technically that's "... after 7pm June 5."

At 6/06/2009 12:20:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

after 7pm Pacific time ON June 5th means they have till 3 am Eastern--what a marketing debacle.

At 6/06/2009 12:47:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

funny cause i can buy mp3 download on amazon

At 6/06/2009 03:06:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

great Volume 1 on BluRay but I want to be able to download the MP3s and this is pretty disappointing. They are downloadable elsewhere -- the deadline has passed -- patience is in order I guess...

Anyone heard any word on this?

At 6/06/2009 08:12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey! Whats with the download situation? I have been trying for three days to download the songs from archives and every day there is nothing.If there is a problem they should let us know. Hope were not getting screwed!

At 8/22/2009 01:43:00 AM, Anonymous DOB BYLAN said...



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