It only came out yesterday and there are ten discs’ worth, so I haven’t given it the requisite six listens – in fact I haven’t even got to the end yet – but boy does it contain some gems so far.
I’m not one of the people who shelled out for the sold out ‘deluxe’ CD box set and nor will I be forking out for the ‘retail’ edition at £120 – for which you get three discs most NY fans, or at least those who prefer to obtain the physical product, will have already bought (Homegrown, Tuscaloosa and Live at the Roxy).
But then, I’m happy to stream. NYA2 is yet to appear on Spotify so its over to Neil’s dedicated streaming service on his Neil Young Archives website, which I’ve resisted till now. I initially baulked at signing up for a paid service (charging for music, in this day and age!) but it’s just $1.99 a month, so over the course of a year not much more than you’d have paid for a couple of CDs in the old days.
The player is a bit glitchy and clunky and there’s no option of creating playlists, which I thought I’d need given how patchy the first Archives set was. But NYA2 is beautifully sequenced and the ‘rarities’ seldom disappoint. Many of them I’d heard in some form or other via various bootlegs over the years, so it’s lovely to finally hear songs like Pushed It Over the End, the CSNY version of Human Highway and Love/Art Blues in pristine quality – but there are real surprises too.
Is anyone else listening to Archives 2?