Neil Young's long-in-the-works and much-anticipated Archives Vol. 1 1963-1972 finally has a release date: June 2nd. The pre-order page for the incredible box set is up on the Neil Young Website now. The set features 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, which is being released for the first time since its 1973 theatrical run. The set charts Young's career from the Squires to Buffalo Springfield to his early solo works and finally his 1972 album Harvest.
Archives Vol. 1 was originally scheduled for Summer 2007, then pushed to February 2008, then autumn of last year, January 2009 and now finally June 2nd. The 10-disc box set will be available in both DVD and Blu-Ray, as well as an eight-disc CD package that won't include Journey Through the Past or the hardcover book. Visit the Neil Young site to get a gander at the massive track list on this behemoth box set.
Thankfully, the price of the set has been drastically reduced as well: Amazon.com had the Blu-Ray box set selling at $431, but the Young site is offering the package for a pre-order price of $299.99, with standard DVD costing $199.99 and the CD set $99. For those who can't afford the full set or already own the previously released Live At Massey Hall 1971 and Crazy Horse at the Fillmore 1970, each disc will also be sold individually in all formats. In addition, by ordering now, you'll also receive a 7'' vinyl featuring two songs by Young's early band the Squires, "Mustang" and "Aurora." A preview of the set's "Disc 0 — Early Years 1963-1965" will also ship pre-June 2nd for those who pre-order.
Neil Young fans will have their hands full keeping up with all the recordings the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is unleashing this year. Young will also release his new, electric-car inspired album Fork in the Road on April 7th.
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