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Neil Young Archives Updates: Outtakes, LincVolt Series, Bootlegs, Amazon Deal, New Pages + More

"Harvest" Album Outtakes | NYA
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Lots of updates continue at Neil Young Archives.

One of the most significant new features since launching NYA, is the addition of  outtakes to some albums like "Harvest". Two "Harvest" album outtakes have been posted: "Bad Fog of Loneliness" and "Dance Dance Dance".

Also, the album folder for "Tuscaloosa" contains the outtake song "The Loner".

"Tuscaloosa" Album Outtakes | NYA
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This is content which is not available anywhere else and a huge deal for NYA. As we've heard alluded to, Neil has been negotiating his Reprise Label contract relative to NYA. (Thanks LRR!) 


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Neil Young writes on NYA:

"I want you to know that I am releasing all my music from 1963-2020 on AMAZON HD. Amazon is the only company with the audio quality and reach to bring my music to the masses in the High res you deserve.

Amazon was the first and only major corporation to offer streaming music in High res, beginning a year ago. I supported the move then and I support it now.

We have a new release - ‘The Times’, an ‘Amazon Original,’ only available on AMAZON HD Music and NYA ( At Amazon, just as on NYA, you hear what we made when you hear it for the first time - not some watered down, cheap version like what would have been streamed on Apple or Spotify.

After three months ‘The Times’ will be available for streaming to music lovers everywhere, including Qobuz, the only other High res streaming service.

Our great NYA Vinyl and CDs are always available in all outlets.

We tried for years to get Apple and GOOGLE to step up to high res. When we reached out to them, their executives told us people couldn’t hear the difference.

When Amazon held meetings a year or so back to introduce their visionary High res music initiative to the 100 or so staff who would be supporting it, most who attended the meetings were skeptical at first. But once it was demonstrated, they were all quite surprised by how much better it sounded. In a playback comparison between low-res offered by Spotify and Apple and AMAZON HD, they all could hear and feel the difference.

Because of Amazon’s High res quality and worldwide reach, I choose AMAZON HD over all. My released music is now available at Amazon, to be experienced in High res for my fans around the world.

NYA is where all of my music and films (including many currently unreleased into the mainstream) are now available and previewed for music loving subscribers. Access my music in High res quality at and NYA at AMAZON HD.

If you would rather not purchase from AMAZON for any reason, NYA is always there to serve you.

“Quality whether you want it or not,” as my old friend L.A. Johnson always said.






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At 9/04/2020 03:23:00 PM, Blogger no soy said...

Still waiting for the Apple TV app for NYA!

At 9/04/2020 05:14:00 PM, Blogger wardo said...

Plus After The Gold Rush 50th Annicersary, whatever that hell that will entail, on November 27.

At 9/04/2020 06:11:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ purple words - Apple TV app ? hmm, don't recall that one?

@ wardo - thanks, missed that in all the news.

There's also a deluxe box for Deja Vu 50th coming from Rhino Records, as well. Lots of Christmas shopping and stockings to fill this holiday!

At 9/04/2020 06:30:00 PM, Blogger Thos said...

That take of The Loner is unbelievable! Wish Neil played piano more often!

At 9/04/2020 07:19:00 PM, Blogger no soy said...

Nothing to recall, I just wish they would put the NYA app on that platform. It's ideal for the big visual interface and for videos of course.

At 9/05/2020 04:24:00 AM, Blogger Harm said...

As long as there is a physical release (on CD+Blu-Ray) I'm happy.

I'm not convinced HD only for 3 months is the way the go. It's still a niche market and why deprive the majority of your fans from your music? Nowadays I listen to most music on Spotify, while I'm at work or cycling. This way I get to check out new music, which I'll end up buying on CD anyway if I like it. Delaying a Spotify release will only result in me buying his music later. Buying Neil's music blind is something I won't do anymore. Learned my lesson after A Letter Home and Storytone. As a matter of fact, I haven't bought any of his contemporary work. The subject matter just doesn't appeal to me any more.

Must be the age gap, as a 35 year old,I can much better relate to young Neil.

At 9/05/2020 06:03:00 AM, Blogger Thos said...

That’s fascinating Harm, I’m mid-30s too and find those two albums beyond awful, I actually find them embarrassing to listen to. Maybe there’s something lyrically that we’re missing?

To me they sound like first drafts of poor songs, and I couldn’t believe it when a session electric guitarist played some bland licks on Storytone - why would one of the greatest solo guitarists ever allow someone to do that, it just felt lazy.

Can’t complain though, most of the other 95% of music he has created is utterly stellar!

At 9/05/2020 10:28:00 AM, Blogger Lone Red Rider said...

@Thrasher. Thanks for this post. Indeed, I see the outtakes as a major development. One of the biggest surprises and disappointments of NYA for me since it started was the fact that it was just an online repository of released music. And an incomplete repository at that. Sure, there is all of the epherma, videos etc, but that portion was so slow to grow. And then NYA's focus shifted to the Hearse which was interesting, but not what I was wanting either. All of that rotating content, should have found a permanent and on-demand home in the archives proper to be enjoyed, library style as opposed to served up broadcast TV style. What I was hoping for was that NYA would have unreleased music: music not available any other way. Those choice cuts, like the hidden treasures on the NYA BD disks that you couldn't get any other way.

It turns out that NYA was simply unprepared in their licensing and contractual deals to work in this manner when it opened. Since late 2017, NYA had promised so many things that they ended up not being able to deliver upon. From the "massive drop of unreleased tracks" prior to Songs for Judy, to the promised outtakes for Tuscaloosa. Well, 2020 was the year the contract was updated which will now allow Neil to release everything. So they are no longer contract limited. Just limited by their own whims and resources.

Adding the unreleased music gives NYA the value it should have had from the start, in my mind. Sure, HRA streaming is great. But it's not the motivator for me. Now, I can relive the excitement of those monthly BD-LIve drops in the form of this new Outtakes mechanic on NYA.

It's a little odd that when a song becomes tagged as an outtake which might have been available on a disk, for example Wonderin from Topanga3, it then loses the link forward to that album on it's info card. A small price to pay for Neil to make the point that it was an outtake. In Letters To The Editor, Neil describes in some length what is an out take and what isn't. But there are always tradeoffs to be made in an artsy representation of an archive. Don't even get me started on the album organization on the timeline......


At 9/05/2020 10:29:00 AM, Blogger Lone Red Rider said...

@Thos. I believe that is Jack on piano for The Loner. Check out the album card. I know Neil did play piano on the TTN tour, though, but this was earlier in the same year...Still...great track!

At 9/05/2020 10:36:00 AM, Blogger Lone Red Rider said...

And then there is the PPV "Big TV" and the the new levels of membership upcoming. Both of those would be worth discussion on their own. Neil seems to think that these features will come out this fall. PPV is a bit annoying. We are already paying, right? But I get it. We are paying for the music. The whole point of NYA was to show that HRA streaming could be done on the cheap. Point taken. But that I loved about the first BD set was being able to view all of the videos as reference materials. I think that is essential to the archives. If one of the tiers allows me unlimited access to all of the video content at any time without having to flash my credit card again, I just might go there.

NYA_UNLIMITED: Today's membership.
NYA_ULTRA_UNLIMIED:: Adds the PPV feature. (I made that up. It would be strange to have to pay for the rights to pay more!)
NYA_ULTRA_SECRET_UNLIMITED_PATRON: Jut get everything on demand and your name on the website.

At 9/05/2020 12:16:00 PM, Blogger Harm said...

I liked the NYA blu-ray experience, because I could navigate the archives via my TV and listen to the music using my home cinema set. I would love an app for my TV as opposed to just my phone or PC.

At 9/05/2020 12:48:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ LRR - Thanks so much! Great points in your comments and much appreciated wheat.

Definitely a Comment of the Moment @

We are curious as to your thoughts on the major Amazon Deal announcement on September 3. As we noted at the time of the impending news, this appeared to be a somewhat typical Neil move, to totally diss on Big Tech's Google & FaceBook and then turnaround and throw all in with the behemoth monstrosity of Amazon corporation.

Big Tech is Big Tech. If Neil is doing a deal with AMZ to keep NYA going, that's a really tough compromise to swallow. But maybe these new contractual label agreements that you cite in your comment above put all of this in a new light?

Your speculations on future membership options is intriguing to say the least. For us -- as has always been the case from Day#1 as concert going Neil fan is fair access to awesome seats. And after that, the wonderful concert live streams. The "Fireside Sessions" were unbelievably superlative in their timing, song selections and intimate delivery. Moments to be cherished for sure as the love of Neil & Daryl shines through so brightly and brilliantly like the sun, moon and stars combined into some new alchemy supernova of energy and light.

While any terms are far from clear, Neil should do everything possible to maintain total control on all NYA assets. Any deal w/ AMZ will ultimately result in AMZ gobbling up and corporatizing the site.

As noted. the ever expanding NYA continues to blow minds. As we highlighted what Neil wrote on T-C, "We know NYA is just a niche and the complete audience is not even aware of us as of yet."

So true.

As they say: "Don't Be Denied"! and thus is proof that -- indeed -- we aren't.

At 9/05/2020 04:50:00 PM, Blogger José from Paris said...

Good evening from Paris

Just a notice for me

AMZ gafA or others the choice seems to take shape under a clear hospice
NY chooses the sound that is resolved for me and therefore I choose NYA
for the quality of life that it brings with its sound, its words and
its earthly commitments and its living rhythm ,

the difference is there !!

José from Paris

At 9/06/2020 02:55:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

For those who are concerned about the Amazon situation with Neil, he has posted a in depth explanation of the actual details on the front page of the Contrarian today ( September 6th ). No need for worry folks.

Peace 🙏

At 9/07/2020 11:44:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ José from Paris - Good evening and thanks for visits from afar.

Keep on rockin' our friend!

@ Dan - thanks for noting here.

Well, looks like Archives Guy is still lurking about TW in some form or fashion. :)

And our reply as the wheel goes round and around ...

eyes/ears wide open, use disCERNmnet, etc

At 9/08/2020 01:11:00 PM, Blogger José from Paris said...


from afar and long live the
lullabies which turn slowly
but surely.


At 9/09/2020 12:04:00 PM, Blogger The Metamorphic Rocker said...

@Harm, Personal opinion: Storytone is underrated and deserving of further attention. Plastic Flowers, Tumbleweed, and Say Hello to Chicago are right up there.

I can see where the orchestra and big band sounds don't gel for some folks, though I think they generally work well to flesh out and complement this particular set of songs. I imagine Neil understood the "take it or leave it" factor of the big production, hence why he also included Solo Storytone (unaccompanied acoustic recordings) in the deluxe package.

For the record, I'm also a relatively younger listener. I think it's less to do with age and more personal taste, for lack of a better term. Listening to more recent albums like The Visitor and Colorado, I hear Neil staying highly current and forward-thinking--topical even--in his subject matter, even as his basic sound is not changing that much (experiments like Storytone notwithstanding).

Just a few thoughts from one fan to another. Listen and assess the music at your own discernment.



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