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Monday, August 03, 2020

Comment of the Moment: Is The Neil Young Archives Timeline Half-Full ? Or Half-Empty ? ANSWER: More Than Full!

Where Did 2020 Go?
(Screenshot on July 29)
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Last week, we posted this image above of the Neil Young Archives Timeline with a blank year 2020, which -- synchronously -- was then immediately updated.

The original posting was in response to fans who were dismayed over the ever changing priorities and release schedules on NYA.  So is the Neil Young Archives Timeline half-empty? Or half-full? Where did all the 2020 releases flow?

While many folks would be ok if 2020 did go completely blank the way this year has been going, it turns out that some -- including this blog itself -- made a fundamental mistake in interpreting the timeline.  We'll get to that in a moment.

First, the important NYA Timeline updates via a comment by Dan:
  • Young Shakespeare : 1/29/21,
  • Rust Bucket : 12/ 04/20,
  • Return to Greendale : 11/06/20,
  • Archives Volume Two : 11/06/20,
  • The Times EP 9/18/20
Now, back to the fundamental mistake in interpreting the timeline.  The NYA Timeline is based off of creation date -- not release date. (Thanks Dionys!) So this does make it a bit of a challenge to determine what is being released and when.

A suggestion as a longterm future enhancement, maybe the Timeline could have a toggle between creation and release dates?  Just a suggestion because The Archivists definitely have their hands full.

Clearly, the latest news on NEW EP: "The Times" by Neil Young | NYA, has thrown a bit of wrench into the planning process.

But we certainly understand the Uncle Eddie dilemma, but when push comes to shove and Neil has something he wants out now, then that's the way its always been. Look at Homegrown sitting on the shelf for 45 years?! Uncle Eddie should be pleased. Sure hope he's still with us.

Uncle Eddie has focused Neil's attention on his unreleased catalogue. (See "Uncle Eddie's NYA - New Tier?": Neil Young Releasing Everything in 2020 on NYA.)

Bumper stickers will be issued. #UncleEddie
via UNOFFICIAL Neil Young Unreleased Archive - NYUA | Twitter

So here's to Uncle Eddie! And who says that writing a Letter to the Editor is a waste of time?



At 8/03/2020 10:04:00 AM, Blogger buddyobush said...

Thank you, guys!

I’m sure Neil will release something (besides the EP) this year... the question remains when and what will actually come out, as planned.

At 8/03/2020 03:06:00 PM, Blogger Gus said...

Three other releases listed for the fall, most notably Archives 2. Not a bad year, if you ask me. Of course, Archives 1 was endlessly delayed, but I recall reading that Volume 2 was basically done, and Neil was working with Gary Burden and his wife Janice Heo on the physical (and digital) packaging when Burden died in March 2018. Neil said that Heo would be completing the artwork, with his guidance, and that it was beautiful. Fast forward two years, and I'm guessing that it's fully completed. A November release is aligned with Christmas shoppers wanting the perfect gift for the Neil aficionados in your family.

At 8/04/2020 12:54:00 PM, Blogger Jonathan said...

Now Neil is suing President Trump



At 8/04/2020 02:19:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hope Neil Young does Sue Trump for playing his music I know Neil Young is for the money. Keep on rockin with The Free world Neil Young


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