Neil Young Archives: Volume One [Blu-ray]
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well main reason is that the web site to download yer songs no longer works. So the only way I can listen to the music is thru my DVD player. Big bummer. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Neil young is my favorite musician so this was a must have. I bought this used for a good price and I'm satisfied. The discs are in excellent condition and the sound great. Read morePublished 5 months ago by ErieEddie
Sigh.....I did some research into the set and looked at the reviews and found many helpful, some rather supercilious and condescending. Read morePublished 13 months ago by David Aharb
Despite being a huge Neil fan, I was not very well versed in his early years.
The beauty of this collection is being able to listen to everything in chronological order... Read more
First of all this review is for the dvd Archives set. Besides the outrageous price for the Blu-ray set, my Blu-ray player is not functioning, so therefore, dvd set, used ,for me. Read morePublished 23 months ago by mitchell a.
*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