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1) I already own Massey Hall and the Fillmore (and I had both anyway from earlier tape trading). So this reduces the value for that reason - from eight CDs to six.
2) For a much ballyhooed collection, one talked about and written about for the past twenty years, where's the meat? The CDs are short in many cases, not even full. Some under 50 minutes.
3) An observation that very few "novices" spend $99 on a package for an artist they do not know.
4) Much here is already commercially available.
5) The booklet/documentation is lacking for a purchase cost such as this.
6) With that said - the remastered sound is wonderful. Absolutely wonderful.
7) There are some nuggets here - but they are fewer and farther between then I expected.
So, if you can drop $100 bucks at the drop of a hat and love Neil - a good buy. If you already own Massey and Fillmore - read the contents. If you are strapped for cash, or already own a lot of Neil - you might seriously consider what the value is you expect to receive. If your expectation was more than a beef'ed up "Decade", or CSNY boxed set - you might temper those expectations. Again - I need to emphasize the sound is great!
Eight discs 79,68,56,45,43,47,67,57 minutes each approximately. The sound is uniformly fine,with the earliest tracks a bit muffled and flat,but still okay. All the time,effort and expense Young put into this mammoth release is evident throughout. The discs are packaged in individual fold-out sleeves,complete with different graphics for each holder. The booklet lists the tracks and the personnel who played on them. Nothing else in the way of notes or information on the tracks. This lack of information sets the tone for this release.
The box itself,which folds out in the middle to expose the cd holders, holds all eight discs,the booklet and a fold-out archive poster,which lists the tracks and the year they were recorded-which is nothing all that great or important. I had the feeling that this poster is an attempt to give listeners "something" for their money in the way of an "extra". The graphics on the outer box are reproductions of articles about Young and his music.
Finally it's here,and it's loaded with great (but not with a lot of new) music,especially the unreleased tracks,that will have new and old Neil Young fans ecstatic,and will be an eye-opener for someone unfamiliar with Young's music. Long time listeners should look at the track listing to see just how many of these tracks they already own-it's your choice if you want music you already own,just to get the unreleased music.Read more ›
I was deadset against buying it. Walked into my local music store with a stack of CD's to trade (including my old Beatles, in anticipation of their upcoming "new and improved"). I was given $60 in store credit and picked up Archives for $20. Now if I had just thought to bring Massey Hall, Fillmore and Decade, I might have gotten the whole shooting match for free.
Let's hope that when Archive Volume 2 gets released in 2050, my Blue Ray machine won't be outdated and/or Neil doesn't sell it as a brain implant...
I also agree with everyone who has said the remastering is fabulous. It was very much worth $20... Now off to read the Blueray and DVD reviews.
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bought as a gift for husband. Never hear him play the CDs and he LOVES Neil. hmmmmmm?Published 1 month ago by T. Wood
Collections always have flaws. This set is no exception. Should you purchase it? If you are a Neil Young fan, the answer is a resounding YES!Published 2 months ago by csmith8354
I have been a Neil Young fan since the formation of "Buffalo Springfield" in 1966. I was a freshman in college that Fall, and when I heard his songs for the first time,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Gary H Horton
I'm not sure who would get this except a big fan. I got it at a discount cuz one of the cd's was missing. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Chris bct
A Christmas gift to son-in-law who was very pleased to receive it as he had personally picked it out.Published 13 months ago by PAB
very good collection of songs performed by neil young through his earlier moments in his musical career!Published 15 months ago by bill turner jr.
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|where are all the hidden tracks & easter eggs?||
"hidden tracks & easter eggs" WHY are companies and artists still doing this crap? Just put the stuff on the disc in a way that it can be accessed by EVERYBODY easily. The whole hidden track/easter egg/bonus track after 10 minutes of silence etc garabage has got to be THE single most... Read More
Jul 17, 2009 by Mike Fey | See all 5 posts
I agree, I think he should release the others separately as well. Time Fades Away stuff will probably start off the second box. I notice that they do have an audio cd version of this now listed for $71 which isn't bad, it's just that like you said....I don't want the Massey Hall and Fillmore... Read More
Apr 13, 2009 by Jeffrey Baer | See all 29 posts
|where's the book??... any book!!!||
You can order the full blown book from the NY Archives site:
Jun 4, 2009 by Hong Kong Phooey | See all 3 posts
|Three volumes have already been released||
The problem, I'm theorizing, is that this release wasn't intended as just a rarities collection.
Neil Young has not had a "greatest hits" boxed set, ever. (Decade doesn't count, since it only amounts to two discs in the CD age) At the same time, he loves releasing live material, even... Read More
Jun 3, 2009 by D. Mok | See all 11 posts
|Uncompromising Spirit of a Native Son||
Great article. You hit the high notes and ended on When God Made Me - maybe one of Neil's most poignant songs ever. Long may you run Jazzman.
Oct 7, 2009 by Sawtooth | See all 2 posts