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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Review of the Moment: Neil Young Archives Volume II (1972 - 1976)


Book Fold Out: Neil Young Archives Volume II (1972 - 1976)

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As noted yesterday and this past weekend, some lucky Neil Young fans have already received shipment of their Neil Young Archives Volume II (1972 - 1976) boxset.

Here is a Review of the Moment on Neil Young Archives Volume II (1972 - 1976) Boxsets Begin to Arrive Around the EARTH by Tomatron:

All the appreciation in the world I have for the masterful compilation they have crafted here. 

Each disc has its vibe, and most of the songs flow beautifully one to the next. But I can't help missing key cuts left out of the set, like "See the Sky About to Rain" from On The Beach and the Time Fades Away's "Last Dance." In the context of Archives Vol. II, I want to hear the albums in full and original sequence. To achieve this effect, I've drafted a playlist that incorporates the studio albums into the whole scope of Neil Young Archives Vol. II while not disturbing too much the run of the collection's track order. Songs are juxtaposed to allow for cueing CDs up DJ-style (or using two browser tabs). Vinyl may be substituted where available.

Tuscaloosa and Time Fades Away are placed inside Disc 1: Everybody's Alone. Boozy Tonight's The Night session tracks tease the record as it sits on the shelf; our first experience of the album is the entire Roxy live set. "Winterlong" leads into On The Beach, "Bad Fog of Loneliness" forever an outtake closing it out.

We would've gotten Homegrown next if not for Neil pulling it at the last hour, so here it is. Keeping that long-awaited album intact means we must pull back around for another view of unreleased 1974 - "Greensleeves" and the entirety of Disc 6: The Old Homestead. Now that its album art contributors On The Beach and Homegrown have been experienced in full, it's time for the release of Tonight's The Night proper, with "Borrowed Tune" cousin "Traces" bridging the way and as an encore bonus, "Raised on Robbery."

Fast forwarding after a historically-imposed rewind, we breeze CSNY's "Through My Sails" right into the restored magnificence of Dume, which today houses every song of the legendary Zuma. Now that Crazy Horse are really back, we can't forget their crunchy take on "Homegrown" as we leap from 75 to 76 with Disc 9: Look Out for My Love. Halfway through this final disc of studio and live cuts rest the two sets of the new Odeon Budokan Disc 10 presentation, chronologically resolving into the final version of "Stringman," "Mediterreanean," and the restored CSNY collaborations that serve to conclude this humble playlist. 

I hope you try out this running order and enjoy the expanded journey of the Archives Vol. II as I am.

Everybody’s Alone (Disc 1 Tracks 1-6)
“The Loner” (Tuscaloosa Outtake)
Tuscaloosa (LP)
“The Last Trip to Tulsa”/ “The Loner” / “Sweet Joni” (Disc 1 Tracks 7-9)
Time Fades Away (LP)
“L.A. (Story)”/ “L.A.”/ “Human Highway” (Disc 1 Tracks 11-13)
“Speakin’ Out Jam”/ “Everybody’s Alone” (Disc 3 Tracks 1-2)
Roxy: Tonight’s The Night Live (Disc 4)
“Winterlong” (Disc 5 Track 1)
On The Beach (LP)
“Bad Fog of Loneliness” (Disc 5 Track 3)
Homegrown (LP)
“Greensleeves” (Disc 5 Track 12)
The Old Homestead (Disc 6)
“Traces” (Disc 5 Track 5)
Tonight’s The Night (LP)
“Raised on Robbery” (Disc 3 Track 8)
“Through My Sails” (Zuma, Track 12)
Dume (Disc 8)
“Homegrown” (American Stars ‘N Bars, Track 9)
Look Out For My Love (Disc 9 Tracks 1-10)
Odeon Budokan (Disc 10)
Look Out For My Love (Disc 9 Tracks 11-15)

Thanks for the review Tomatron! Glad your box arrived and you're enjoying. And thanks for sharing your ideal playlist for NYA#2.  Sounds like a fun exercise.

Maybe we can devise a playlist as we await our boxset...

 Neil Young Archives VOLUME II | NYA


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Also, see Neil Young Archives: The Next 10 Years (2010-2020) – A Retrospective by Lone Red Rider.


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Also, see Comment of the Moment: Pre-Order - Neil Young Archives Volume II (1972 - 1976).

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At 11/25/2020 04:28:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

Neil Young Archive Volume Two finally arrived today...... and....... the sound quality is completely out of this world........ Amazing.......


Peace 🙏

At 11/25/2020 04:33:00 PM, Blogger Jonathan said...

my Archives II box just arrived here in beautiful Loudoun County, Virginia, thankful to get one...what timing...

time to settle in for the evening with a bottle & my trusty bong...

At 11/25/2020 11:05:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

.holy ship-to-shore.

At 11/26/2020 07:59:00 AM, Blogger Jonathan said...

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At 11/26/2020 01:57:00 PM, Blogger tomatron said...

Thrasher family, thank you for the forum and all the fascinating connections across NY’s life and work. I will happily throw my support behind this endeavor. It’s the most comprehensive venue I’ve found for Neil fans to gather round. And thank you for the RotM bump; it’s not even a true review, but I’ll certainly be cooking one of those up too. Still absorbing the whole volume, and whenever Dume comes on, I just about lose my mind!


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