NYA Trivia of the Moment: Massey Hall & ORS
And the nuggets just keep coming on NYA.
From the Archives Guy Q&A Session: Wednesday, 5/27, zejt's compliments the Massey Hall vinyl, to which AG responds:
Thanks. I agree about Massey Hall. What an outstanding recording that sat un-listened to for decades.
A bit of background. If you follow the timeline of events, Neil went to Nashville shortly after premiering his new batch of songs during the solo tour that included the Massey Hall show. After performing a solo gig on the Johnny Cash show in Nashville he gathered some studio cats and cut some tracks that ended up on Harvest. This collection of musicians became the Stray Gators.
At this point, Neil was fully devoted to the new recording project and his film, JTTP.
The Massey Hall tape was put on a shelve and forgotten about until this Archive project was underway.
The upcoming vinyl remasters of the first 4 albums are thought, in our circle, to be the finest versions of these records ever heard. You might want check them out, once released. These records will debut the NYA ORS series. (Neil Young Archives Original Release Series)
Later, AG adds:
Our work is pretty much in house with a very small production team. Most of the credit to the outstanding look and feel onscreen goes to the brilliant Toshi Onuki who designs and edits most of our projects. He understands the Shakey vibe and uses modern tools to get our much loved funky look.
The success of stretching the DVD format to the extreme goes to our DVD author, Rich Winter and without the incredible talents at MX Productions (who author the BD discs) Blu-ray technology could not have been utilized in the manner we have used it. MX really are the ones who have helps us realize Neil's original vision of navigating while listening.
In terms of original tapes, there are many war stories about how tapes were restored and transferred. Neil's personal studio, Redwood Digital, sets the standard for tape restoration and pristine transfers. Their efforts and skill levels are way above norm.
And this on the box book:
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."
More NYA trivia on NYA Question of the Moment: Riverboat Recordings.