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Neil Young Archives: Volume One [Blu-ray] (2010)

Neil Young , Neil Young  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Neil Young
  • Directors: Neil Young
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Box set, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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
  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 2010
  • Run Time: 1200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,474 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features


Editorial Reviews

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

Customer Reviews

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151 of 158 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray Version June 2, 2009
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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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best music release ever? March 24, 2011
By db
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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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly a new way to appreciate an artists work June 6, 2009
By Marc B
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Archival Neil
*This review pertains to the DVD edition*

Archives 1 is such a massive and sprawling collection that, in effectively reviewing it, one sets oneself a daunting challenge. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Word Nerd
4.0 out of 5 stars You know the content is incredible - what about the set itself?
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Published 5 months ago by Gogmagog
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Happy
I bought it as a gift and the receiver loved it. only downside is the box is bigger than it needs to be.
Published 6 months ago by Judith A Palmieri
4.0 out of 5 stars If you love Neil, you need this!
I love Neil, I'd do anything for Neil. I bought the Archive set as soon as I got up the money, but I didn't have enough money. First, you need to buy a Blu Ray DVD player. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Patricia D'avolio
2.0 out of 5 stars What a waste
I bought for my wife as a gift. She is a huge Neil fan. There is barely anything to watch. These are supposed to be DVD's. Read more
Published 11 months ago by jeffrey s murrow
3.0 out of 5 stars Neil Young Archives Volume 1 Blue Ray.
The videos are not what i expected,you spend a lot of time looking at a tape recorder,or a record player,ok the history of Neil ,and his bands are there,but its all written,would... Read more
Published 13 months ago by michael feder
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful. An absolute rip-off
I was extremely disappointed with this product. It might work as a set of CDs but as DVDs it is worthless. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Michael Unger
4.0 out of 5 stars Likes And Dislikes
I bought this not too long after it was released. My favorite Neil Young albums are included in this set. I don't see myself paying the high price for the following sets. Read more
Published on April 2, 2012 by Richard D. Grimes
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Set With Amazing Sound Quality
This set is unlike any other and is a monumental work that I find to be superbly put together. The sound quality is excellent and it's obvious that Neil Young has put in a great... Read more
Published on December 13, 2011 by Anna Chavis
1.0 out of 5 stars Neil, How much money do you need?
I don't mean to be redundant but I really must agree with the other 1 star reviewers who found this collection to be insultingly overpriced. Read more
Published on December 12, 2011 by Enoch
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Is this the same as what was previously released?
Neil isn't a rip-off artist. That would make especially little sense because the incentive to buy blu-ray would be gone as well (less expensive DVD also rereleased), and it's not like the BD live stuff isn't still dripping out, bit by it.

I think that, because it's so expensive and not... Read More
Mar 12, 2011 by John M. Kertis |  See all 6 posts
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