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Neil Young Archives, Vol. 1: 1963-1972 (10 Disc Blu-Ray)

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This is the first volume of the Neil Young Archives series of box sets, produced by Neil Young himself. This series is the definitive, comprehensive, chronological survey of his entire body of work. Volume I covers the period from his earliest recordings with the Squires in Winnipeg, 1963, through to his classic 1972 album, Harvest and beyond, including studio and live tracks with the legendary Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and Neil Young with Crazy Horse. This Blu Ray disc edition contains 10 discs, each in its own custom sleeve. 9 of these discs hold a total of 128 tracks (12 hidden), all presented in ultra high resolution 24-bit/192 Khz stereo PCM state-of-the-art master quality sound, and featuring nearly 60 previously unreleased songs, versions, mixes, or rare tracks. Also found on these 9 multimedia discs are 20 special feature videos, film clips, and film trailers, an additional 55 audio tracks of rare interviews, radio spots, and concert raps, and an array of interactive features, including image galleries of archival photos, press, lyric manuscripts, documents, biographies, tour dates, and complete lyrics, as well as an interactive timeline feature which presents an in-depth overview of Young's life and career. Each of the 10 Blu Ray discs feature 1920X1080 high definition picture quality. In addition, a Blu Ray disc of Young's acclaimed first film, 'Journey Through The Past', available for the first time since its original theatrical release in 1973, is included, featuring pristine picture transfer, audio presented in both DTS 5.1 surround and stereo 24-bit/96 Khz PCM, plus archival materials. Included in the durable custom display box are a digital download card to access MP3 files of all 128 audio tracks, a lavish 236 page fullcolor hardbound book that features additional archival materials, tapes database, and detailed descriptions of the music and artwork, a foldout Archives poster, a custom keeper for the 10 sleeved discs, and more.

Special Features

  • Theatrical trailer
  • Radio spots
  • Archival galleries
  • 10 discs
  • Digital card to allow access to all audio files
  • Over 20 hours of video
  • Over 120 music video tracks
  • 28 unreleased or never before heard tracks
  • “Journey Through The Past” – Neil Young directed documentary from 1974 never before on DVD or Blu-ray
  • Photos, stills, lyrics, letters, memorabilia
  • 236 page book bound to look like a replica of Neil’s personal journal

Product Details

  • Actors: Neil Young
  • Directors: Neil Young
  • Format: Blu-ray, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, PAL
  • Language: English (PCM Stereo)
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 10
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Reprise Records
  • DVD Release Date: June 2, 2009
  • Run Time: 1200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001B8PV4U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,191 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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157 of 164 people found the following review helpful By AR on June 2, 2009
Format: Blu-ray
This is a review of blu-ray set that I received today.

Yes, it was expensive (right now about $279 for the blu-ray version for Archives Vol. 1). But, for the hardcore Neil fans, it just may be worth it.

If some people are confused, the blu-ray set comes with 10 discs. The discs contain songs from 1963-1972 that you can listen to while browsing through the archives: an interactive vault where you can look at photos, lyrics, press releases, letters, etc (while you are still listening). There are lots of video clips throughout the discs as well. The songs are studio tracks, live stuff, alternate mixes, previously unreleased stuff etc. Some songs you may already have, but keep in mind they have never ever sounded this good. Not just a minor upgrade, but this stuff is mind blowing. All in all (without including the downloadable content and easter eggs/hidden stuff), there are 128 songs including 43 unreleased and 13 "never before heard."

The 10 discs:

-Three of those discs are live shows (Live at the Riverboat 1969 which hasn't been released yet, and then Live at the Fillmore East 1970 and Live at Massey Hall 1971 which have previously been released but just on CD in the past few years. But, these discs aren't really the same. They, of course, have the hi-def audio and all the special stuff like photos, press release stuff, bios, and more. For the Massey Hall disc, there is video footage that accompanies the audio, home video stuff of neil and murky but awesome video clips of the show itself).

-Six of the other discs have songs that are either unreleased, previously released in some cases, alternate mixes, or live. With each song, you can browse the archive.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By db on March 24, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Kindly ignore the other "reviews". This box is fantastic. At this point in time, it is arguably the finest musical release EVER. While it is true that there is the image of a record player or tape player when you play the songs, that isn't the only option. This only happens if you choose to play all of the songs from the menu. If you select the songs INDIVIDUALLY from the file cabinet, you you will have all sorts of nifty bonuses to enjoy. For example, there are concert videos, video and audio interviews with Neil, photographs of Neil and his various bands that were shot around the time the songs were recorded, handwritten song lyrics, typed lyrics, detailed song info, and photos of memorabilia - like 45 sleeve art, concert ticket stubs, letters Neil had written, etc. Plus, there are LOADS of "easter eggs" on each disc. Most of these are really cool. Even hunting for them is a blast. My favorites include hilarious video footage Neil shopping in a record store in the early '70s and finding bootlegs of his music. He gives the store clerk such a hard time and it's a lot of fun to watch. Also, there is nifty footage of Neil visiting the factory at the time the 'Harvest' album covers were printed. Fun stuff. In addition to all of this, there is a clever "timeline" feature where you can see a month by month timeline of Neil's life complete with photos and little pushpins that you can click on to play other songs and videos and if your blu-ray player (like the PS3) is connected to the internet, you will be able to download addition "bonus" content, which appear as blue pushpins on the timeline. Since its release, there have been around 10 bonus songs that can be downloaded at no additional cost (featuring a couple Mynah Birds songs!).Read more ›
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Marc B on June 6, 2009
Format: Blu-ray
I feel I have spent enough time with this set now to give a good overview of what this is all about. First of there is a lot more to this than we can gather from the official tracklist and takes a big investment in time and effort to explore and discover the treasures within. For example just looking through the first disc while listening to the music took about 2 or 3 hours The Early Years material I found surprisingly listenable when I thought it would be only interesting from a historical perspective and wouldn't stand up to repeat listening, it will definitely get another outing.
Most of the fun is in discovering for yourselves what is here and I feel I would be spoiling the fun to list everything, but there is a lot of extra video content to discover including a live performance from Fillmore of CSNY doing On the Way Home. Are you disappointed there has been no live Springfield audio released?... Fear not there is about 15 mins worth not in the tracklist. Do you see how this is shaping up? This is a totally different way to experience and appreciate an artist's work. It truly is an ego driven labour of love, an audio-visual autobiography of an artist's life's work and years ahead of his time.
Neil has made it plainly clear in an open letter to fans that the blu-ray set is the way to go, it is the highest possible audio quality currently available and the only one which has the updates and downloads of any new material that is discovered, after you have bought your set. There is one when you first boot up the set, they are free and appear in your timeline when you accept them. You also receive a download of all 128 tracks in 320k digital downloads and the Sugar Mountain CD/DVD set as a free bonus.

Some of my highlights.
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Neil Young Archives DVD Easter Eggs: Audio, video, and other

NOTE: I have provided you with some of the performers for the video hidden tracks. You will get all of information once you access them. Where you are looking for a pen with the white feather they can be on either side of the... Read More
Jun 29, 2009 by RJM Music Man |  See all 15 posts
Fo' shizzle?
I'll never buy it on Blu-Ray, but I'd like to see the track listing. When Neil supervised the Buffalo Springfield box set, he wouldn't allow any live material to be included. So there's a good chance there will be a huge difference between what I'd like to see & hear and what Neil wants us to... Read More
Nov 20, 2008 by Steve Richardson |  See all 15 posts
Where's the Bass?
Most of the tracks are mixed in two-channel stereo and designed to be heard that way (except the ones labeled "mono" of course.) Most music, other than film film scores, isn't usually mixed for 5.1 or other surround set-ups, especially older recordings on four and eight-track ma, and... Read More
Jun 14, 2009 by John M. Kertis |  See all 13 posts
Why are reviews from people who don't own this included?
I know. It's irritating, isn't it? People look at a webpage and think they have the qualifications to review the thing, purely based upon the PRICE and whatever additional information the page happens to provide. I can understand a fan being disgruntled if they think they won't be able to afford... Read More
Jun 14, 2009 by John M. Kertis |  See all 9 posts
When to Throw in the Towel?
Go to Neil's official website. There are track listings for each disc available there. If you click on the "Pre-order" link near the top of the screen, you'll get a whole page on the item. Click on the names of the discs provided for track listings. You can also order just about... Read More
Apr 22, 2009 by John M. Kertis |  See all 6 posts
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