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Thursday, May 28, 2009

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)
-Archives Guy

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.


At 5/28/2009 11:10:00 PM, Blogger astrololee said...

Hey, I'm not even game to ask what date the vinyl remasters will be answer might just be tooooo angonising.
"I'll be looking for the vinyls
but there not released yet
they'll be nothing like
I imagine them to be.....
I hope they treat me kind
and dont mess with my mind
or they'll see the darker side of me."
'ONLY KIDDING' I have just recently started to recollect all Neil's old vinyls and would naturally love to add this lot to my collection.

At 5/28/2009 11:25:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can hardly wait either and my heart skipped as I read this in the thread. To imagine that the best sounding vinyl ever produced would exist as NY, EKTIN, ATGR, and Harvest..well I'm gol'darn ecstatic. Perhaps On the Beach will be in the next batch? I do hope they aren't $60 each like the Live Canterbury vinyl. I understand why, but at the same time student loans take precedent. I JUST GOT A NOTICE MY ARCHIVES SHIPPED AS I TYPE!

At 5/29/2009 06:30:00 AM, Anonymous Carlo said...

Seeing is believing : I just picked up my blu-ray Archives, they're a bit early here in Belgium. Saw it in the store together with the CD version, I'm sure that those who ordered the CD's will regret not buying the DVD's or blu-rays - it's that beautiful!

Enjoy, as I will!

At 5/29/2009 09:47:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Belgium has the BluRay archives but the UK has to wait another week?! Argggggh!


Davie from Scotland

At 5/29/2009 10:37:00 AM, Anonymous wazza said...

wazza in melbourne god ..ive just got thru the first 4 or 5 blu ray disc..and its amazing,i mean amazing..totally fucking amazing,,after 30 years of collecting 10000 odd lp,s and cd,s ive finally found the guys are gonna be knocked many extras ,that arent listed hidden away...this is the best box set antone has ever way to drunk and tired and over whelmed..and to much of an idiot to find the words to describe this set..but its fucking awersome..all the radio interveiws and adds,and all the songs even us bootleg collectors aint heard..oh oh no footage of danny tho,,danny w.on the ektin album is perhaps my favorite ever guitarist by the way, what a tragedy he died..his voice and spirit and guitar are simply love a complete..CANTERBURY HOUSE..MASSEY HALL..FILLMORE/With DANNY...AND RIVERBOAT box sets for christmas please please mr archives guy....have a great weekend and christmas and i hope everyone gets their sets soon....

At 5/29/2009 11:19:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not Christmas you Idiot.
- Jessie James

At 5/29/2009 12:56:00 PM, Blogger Burnzy said...

Just hooked up my Blu-Ray player and am now ready to make my pre-order. This is all too good to be true.

At 5/29/2009 01:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Thrasher and AG-
I am rallen111 from Iowa. Just wanted to thank you for
your dedication to Neil and the archives. Wanted you to know that I am 60 years old, and have followed Neil since Buffalo Springfield. I have seen the advent of 33 1/3s replacing 78s. I collected 45s and played guitar in several 60s garage bands, all the while following Neil's progress. I've collected cassettes and reel to reels of Neil's recordings, and have seen the rise of cds and dvds. I have pre-ordered the archives on dvd, as I have decided to stop chasing the technology of recorded music. I have a beautiful 32" Sony Wega tv and a Sony Dream System home theater system. I am content to wait for my archive dvds on Tuesday in full knowledge that I will thoroughly enjoy my archives experience. I have been very amused at the fretting and worry of the techies and their BD concerns. Hope it's all worth it for you all. This old hippie will sit back, enjoy a beverage or two and bliss out with Neil. Thanks again Thasher and AG for a most entertaining week. Long live Neil! rallen111

At 5/29/2009 09:38:00 PM, Anonymous Derek said...

Didn't archives say in one of his Q&A's somewhere that you could explore the Archives discs without stopping the music? I Swear he did but i can't quite figure out how on my PS3 with the Blu Ray. Love the first disc so far though!

At 5/29/2009 09:45:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can explore the Folder you are in while listening...that's where all the info/pics/lyrics and other stuff is.
I do believe that's what was said and also what I understand after playing the Preview Disc.
If you are in play all mode you can see info and have a choice to go to the folder to explore more...that stops the Song which then restarts while looking thru the folder.
Think that's the answer...AG can certainly clarify if I am wrong.
Ack! to the few statements made about the Delay till June 30 from WBR. I sure hope not.

At 5/29/2009 09:57:00 PM, Anonymous Derek said...

Thankyou anonymous. I thought I did try that, im just gonna have to play with it more. Theres a record store by my house that puts out new releases the friday before the tuesday of the actual release and they had all 3 versions so i don't think theres gonna be any more delays. Also a nice suprise was the bluray comes with a digital download of all tracks. I didn't see AG saying that. Thanks again.

At 5/29/2009 10:06:00 PM, Anonymous Shittyhorse said...

Whoops! I mean they SHIPPED! (got too used to saying delayed...over and over and over....and over) IT'S REALLY GONNA HAPPEN this time! They are on the way!!! MY GOD!

At 5/29/2009 10:11:00 PM, Anonymous Carson I. said...

I am praying that these June 30th delay rumours are only for those who ordered individual discs. The two posters on the Rust List who claimed to receive the delay e-mail both ordered individual discs, while I ordered the full Blu-Ray package and haven't got any delay e-mail.

If the delay is true, I know I will be cancelling my order with WB and scouring the city looking for a store who stocks it anyway.

Any word on this rumoured delay, Guy Archives?

At 5/29/2009 10:38:00 PM, Anonymous Shittyhorse said...

i was only kidding.....I think maybe the archives are selling more than expected? And the people who are just ordering maybe have to wait? I dont know. Carson, How long ago did you order?
If you still have your conformation e-mail check it...mine says shipped. Yesterday it read processing.

Rollingstone gave 'Archives' ****1/2
Saying it's 'Well Worth the wait'

At 5/29/2009 11:31:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i got the same june 30 message from warner bros. & i too only ordered an individual DVD. in the email WB states "Thank you for your purchase of one or more of the titles below," then lists the individual discs & apologizes for the delay. seems pretty obvious to me...


At 5/30/2009 01:30:00 AM, Anonymous Shittyhorse said...

Actually, I just received an e-mail from Warner Bros. as well... saying the Archives shipped 5/28 (whole set though) I guess it will be here Monday.

At 5/30/2009 11:45:00 AM, Anonymous dr dip said...

Ya know, I've got a lot of fond memories of the Massey Hall concert

The old "Reel to Reel" recording had a crispness and quality, I think,in this modern day of 'audio trickery',still cannot be surpassed.This album and 'Sugar Mountain', still remain my favourite acoustic Neil!!
I never get sick of playin' them!!

At 5/30/2009 01:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the other TW thread:

Archives Dates-

I don't have official word, but it seems like the individual discs aren't ready yet. Their manufacturing/packaging run would have been a different one than that of the full sets.

No need for panic or concern.

I also received a June 30th shipping dates for the stuff that I ordered off, so we are all in the same boat.

A bit of a bummer for those who didn't order the whole ball of wax.

-Archives Guy


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