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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 CD edition contains 8 discs, each in its own custom sleeve, with a total of 116 tracks, all presented in HDCD quality sound, and featuring over 40 previously unreleased songs, versions, mixes, or rare tracks. This edition is housed in a custom disc keeper holding the 8 sleeved discs, a descriptive booklet, and a foldout archives poster.


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  • Audio CD (June 2, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 8
  • Label: Reprise Records
  • ASIN: B001O12TO4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,662 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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203 of 219 people found the following review helpful By Randolph Von Dingleton on June 3, 2009
Format: Audio CD
As a huge Neil Young fan I find the CD versions of the archives to be lacking for the following reasons:

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!
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108 of 117 people found the following review helpful By M. Kusch on June 2, 2009
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Like many Neil Young fans I've been waiting for this for a long time. Well, I'm a little disapointed. First the good news. The HDCD sound is a great improvement over the albums from Warner/Reprise. It's probably worth $70 just for the improved sound quality. The bad news is I, like most fans, already own most of this material. There isn't much new here. Neil even inexplicably contained "Live at Massey Hall" and "Live at the Fillmore East" which I assume most fans like me already have. So now your talking 6 discs, not 8. One disc pretty much has all of "After the Goldrush" on it. There are some great songs I hadn't heard before, most notably "Everybody's Alone". It's not that the music isn't stellar it's just that there's not much new here. The liner notes aren't very informative either. It would be nice to have some more information on the tracks. Overall if you're a fan I'd still recommend buying this for the improved sound quality alone, but I'd be lying if I didn't say I was a little disapointed.
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88 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 2, 2009
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This is a review of the cd,music only,release. And by novice,I mean those listeners who have heard OF Neil Young more than actually heard his music. If you like BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD,CSN&Y,or some of Young's other recordings,but don't own a lot of them-this would be a good purchase,especially considering the prices of the other formats,even if they do have more music/extras.

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.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Wicked on June 18, 2009
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Okay, so I will add to the very appropriate grumbles: I already own Massey Hall/Fillmore, not enough treasures, short discs, and appallingly lame booklet (Neil and production team: the poster went out with LP's ages ago)... So, I guess the question is, should any of us be surprised? No. We knew that the CD release was absolutely a compromise of Neil's ultimate dream and in a sense this package reflects his shrugging, saying "fine, whatever" to the record company and out pops this set.

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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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
Track List
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:

http://neilyoungarchives.warnerreprise.com/shop/vol1/shop-individual-items.html
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.
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