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Neil Young Archives Vol. II (1972-1976)
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Audio CD, 5 March 2021
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- Product Dimensions : 13.89 x 15.49 x 8.79 cm; 733.97 Grams
- Manufacturer : Reprise / Wea
- Original Release Date : 2021
- Run time : 8 hours and 45 minutes
- Label : Reprise / Wea
- ASIN : B08N37KCV5
- Country of origin : USA
- Number of discs : 10
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Neil Young revient avec le second volume de sa copieuse série "Archives", un voyage exhaustif et chronologique au coeur de l'oeuvre monumentale de l'artiste. Ce coffret couvre les années extrêmement productives de 1972 à 1976, période dorée durant laquelle plusieurs de ses grands classiques sont nés comme "On The Beach", "Tonight's The Night" ou encore "Zuma". Cette édition contient 131 titres, dont 62 sont inédits, des lives ou des versions alternatives.
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CD 1 Everybody's Alone (1972): 11 unreleased live and studio tracks; 1 track from Time Fades Away.
CD2 Tuscaloosa (1973): 11 tracks already released as a CD of the same name in June 2019. (Swiz!)
CD3 Tonight the Night (1973): 3 unreleased tracks; 9 tracks from the 1975 album of the same name.
CD4 Roxy - Tonight's the Night Live (1973): 1 unreleased track; 10 tracks from the CD of the same name from 2018. (Swiz!)
CD 5 Walk On (1973 - 1974): 3 unreleased tracks; 1 from Decade; 7 from On The Beach; 1 from Tonight's the Night.
CD6 The Old Homestead (1974) 17 unreleased tracks; 1 from Hawks and Doves; 1 from Decade.
CD7 Homegrown (1974 - 1975) 10 unreleased tracks; 1 from Hawks and Doves; 1 from Decade.
CD8 Dume (1975) 8 unreleased tracks and 8 from Zuma (1975).
CD9 Look out for my Love (1975 -1976) 10 unreleased tracks; 1 from Stars & Bars; 2 from Comes A Time; 2 from Long May You Run.
CD10 Odeon Budocan (1976) 10 unreleased tracks mostly live.
The 'unreleased' songs are described either as Previously unreleased original version, Previously unreleased version, Previously unreleased song or Previously unreleased mix.
Actually looking at now there's more unreleased stuff than I thought. I was a bit pissed off that two of the CDs were as already released. But one of the others Homegrown was also a released title from last June. However according to the booklet 10 tracks are previously unreleased - which must mean that although the track listing is identical the songs aren't. But it says 'unreleased song' so how is it the same titles are on the earlier release? Mystery.
This review is not about the music though, its about the packaging, so for anyone who does not obsess about such things don't waste time reading further.
The problem for me is the cds are in the wrong shaped jackets! Disgraceful eh, how could the old curmudgeon do this to us. We wait years for the music and when it does finally arrive I am still complaining!
I have in my collection pretty much all of Neil Young cd releases. Some are in the old plastic cases (eg the Geffen albums); one is in a cd sized square paper cases (the live Blue Notes album); several in the slightly larger square "japanese mini lp cd" size (eg On The Beach), plus everything released over the last few years, (eg Goldrush 50th, Down In The Rustbucket) including the single discs in this Archives Vol 2 set (eg Tuscaloosa, Homegrown). Finally there is the third cardboard package of replica sleeves of the early Reprise albums but in rectangular not square shape (the first four albums remaster box, plus A Treasure and all the live single disc releases from the first archives set). In a word a MESS to a slightly obsessive saddo like me who wants all the discs to be in a regular and uniform format and not going up and down like a mountain range.
When the 5-8 and the 8.5-12 box sets came out and the cds were in japanese style sized cases, as have been all the single releases over the last couple of years or so, I assumed finally Neil and Reprise had settled on that. But no, for some reason Archive Vol 2 has reverted to the cardboard rectangles of the 1-4 box and maybe of Archive 1 (which I never got as I had already bought so much of it separately).
None of this should detract from the music, which is wonderful and really is what it's all about. But for us saddos who get wrapped up in the packaging this box is a disappointment
I had heard all of it before I got my hands on the music only version released yesterday, so I am familiar with the whole box. The box itself sits the 10 cardboard slightly oversized cds in and has a book/leaflet with track notes and there is also a poster. Each of the sleeves has an excellent picture on it from the particular time period. I love the alternative covers that mirror the sleeves of the Ditch trilogy.
In the 70s Young was peerless, I am a tad biased because Tonights the night is my favourite album by the man. But the whole set was recorded in 4 years, other artists can spend a whole life time and not produce material that's even a fraction as good as this.
£120? I am in!
Reviewed in France on 6 March 2021