REVIEW: 'Neil Young Official Release Series, Discs 1-4' Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set

In an interview with Guitar World earlier this year, Neil Young lamented the fact that, in his estimation, music fans “don’t understand the value of sound anymore.” Of late, he’s been doing his small part to combat this development. Exhibit #1 in this regard was 2009’s Archives, Vol. 1 1963-1972, a monstrous, 10-disc DVD/Blu-ray set that traced the first decade of his life in music in exhaustive depth, and with incredible sonic clarity. Young, among the earliest and most strident voices in the argument against digitized sound (though even he likely didn’t envision how far the format would devolve with the introduction of the low-bit-rate mp3 file) saw something like redemption in the Blu-ray platform, with which he presented Archives in awesome 24-bit/192 kHz stereo PCM resolution. So while fans had for decades been listening to Young warhorses like “Down By the River,” “Heart of Gold” and “Cinnamon Girl,” they’d likely never heard them sound quite as alive as they did on Archives.

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