Neil Young Slates Archives on DVD, Blu-ray2 Jun, 2009 By: Billy Gil
Neil Young is in many ways a pioneer in rock ‘n’ roll and will continue that streak by releasing his long-awaited Neil Young Archives Vol. 1 (1963-1972) as a 10-DVD ($249.99), 10-Blu-ray Disc ($349.99) or eight-CD set ($99.98) June 2 from Reprise Records.
The set includes material from Young’s early years, jamming with his high-school band, The Squires, in Winnipeg, Canada, through his stints with Buffalo Springfield; Crazy Horse; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; and through his first solo album, 1972’s Harvest.
The sets include 128 songs, 60 of which were previously unreleased songs and versions, as well as 20 video tracks. Each disc in the Blu-ray edition comes in a custom sleeve, and the Blu-ray edition carries both Young’s early ’70s film Journey Through the Past. Both the DVD and Blu-ray editions come with a hardbound book with more than 200 pages of archival materials, a database of the recordings, descriptions of the music and artwork, a poster and a holder for the discs.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Young derided MP3, saying that “Apple has made music into wallpaper,” although the set includes a digital download card for MP3s of all 128 tracks. He also told the Times it was the first in an envisioned four or five volume set, and displayed one of the set’s Blu-ray Discs on his own PlayStation 3.