Blu-ray &Software Steven Kippel on 08 Jun 2009

Neil Young Archives Vol. 1 1963–1972

We don’t usually write on specific titles, but this is a first of what I assume will be many like it. Neil Young’s Archive project will be coming to Blu-ray Disc in November with high-resolution 24 bit/ 192 kHz audio on 10 discs. The collection includes the entire collection of Neil Young’s work from 1963 to 1972, including The Squires, Buffalo Springfield, and Crosby Stills Nash & Young, 128 tracks in all (43 of them previously unreleased). But more than that, rare recordings, bootlegs, and piles upon piles of never before released photos, set lists, hand-written lyric sheets, and myriad other items are all included in the interactive discs. Retail is $349, but Amazon has it for $279. Quite a bit of cash, but for the collectors this is the most definitive set you can get with the highest-quality audio available yet.

I would venture to guess many more artists and record labels will try to do something similar in the future. Already Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead have sold limited edition box sets for hundreds of dollars each, and labels are finding a good revenue steam in re-releasing classic records. It makes sense. Plus this should be pushing a few more Blu-ray players into the homes of fans. We might just see a life for audio on Blu-ray yet.

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