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Monday, March 23, 2009

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Neil Young's Archives Due June 2nd

At long last, Guns n’ Roses er, check that Neil Young has set a firm date for his oft-delayed and highly anticipated Archives box set. After having an original release date of summer 2007, on June 2 we will now get Archives Vol. 1 1963-1972. The package will be available in a number of formats, the most novel of which is a ten disc Blu-Ray edition. Standard DVD and CD editions will also be available. (No word yet on vinyl and eight track editions.) Either way, the impressive set boasts 128 tracks, 43 unreleased recordings, three live concerts, a 236-page full-color hardcover book and Young’s debut feature film, Journey Through the Past.

The box set charts Young’s early career, collecting material from his band the Squires, Buffalo Springfield, his early solo works and lastly his 1972 full-length, Harvest. Pre-orders for the set have already begun over at Young’s website, where you can choose from the three aforementioned options: a $299.99 Blu-Ray set; a $199.99 standard DVD package; and a $99 eight-disc CD set. As well, each disc will also be sold separately, and if you order a box set now you get a bonus seven-inch featuring two Squires tracks (“Mustang” and “Aurora”) and a preview disc of the box set sent out before the June 2 release date. The Blu-Ray version looks very promising with a host of accompanying downloads accompanying.

If you want to check out the massive Archives tracklisting, you can have drool and ogle at the Warner Reprise/ Neil Young website.

As previously reported, Neil’s new album, Fork in the Road will be released on April 7th. Shakey will be performing in London at the John Labatt Centre on April 15th.


Allison said...

Can we say Cash Cow? Yikes. I know with those prices you get a lot of muisc, but yeah, that's a lot of rent. Prices for living in Cali must be rising for Mr. Young.

Sean Wraight said...

More like a cash herd Allison... It is a little unrealistic. But y'know, I am sure it will sell an electric boatload full of copies. I suppose the option remains to purchase one disc at a time but sheesh...