Hey folks, there’s been a lot of ink spilled about this Neil Young Archves, Vol. I business. As the biggest NY fan I know, I feel compelled to weigh in but also solicit your advice and thoughts on the matter.
I really want to get this box set but am not planning on doing so (right now, anyway) for a couple of reasons: firstly, I own most of these songs in their studio versions and can’t bring myself to spend a huge chunk of change for alternate versions and tracks I’ve never heard, though I am horribly curious to hear them and to see Young’s weirdo movie Journey Through the Past in its entirety; secondly and most importantly, I am overwhelmed by the options for purchasing it. I, like all of you, don’t own a Blu-Ray player and was actually seriously considering buying a decent CD player for once in my life. In short, this whole Archives project makes me all the more angst-ridden about how to charter my audio future. Will Blu-Ray become the next Laserdisk? Why didn’t Neil release this set on vinyl? Are CDs doomed to irrelevance despite my owning hundreds of them? At what height of fidelity are the differences negligible? Digital music is totally and sadly divorced from the sacred ritual of listening to music but I can’t give up my iPod.
What do I do, fair reader? I am lost.
Lost, that is, until Vol. II comes out. Then I’ll be first in line to buy it in whatever format is en vogue. It will cover something like 1973 to 1979, which, as I’ve said before, is a period of unparalleled rock innovation. Witness: “Time Fades Away”, “On the Beach”, “Tonight’s the Night”, “Zuma”, “American Stars ‘N Bars”, “Comes a Time”, and “Rust Never Sleeps.” Good lord…that’s unbelievable.
Anyway, I need some feedback here. What audio format do you prefer? What do you all think about any or all of the following: Neil Young, CDs, vinyl, MP3s, Blu-Ray, pepperoni and onion pizza?
Neil Young – “Burned” from Decade (1977)
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