Neil Young Archives Vol.1
The mother of all box sets
Neil Young worked on his archive for over 20 years, waiting for technology to catch up to his vision of the listener being able to browse memorabilia while experiencing audio at the highest possible quality. Neil and his producer Larry “L.A.” Johnson came to MX in late 2006, and over the next two years we worked together to make the vision reality. MX authored and programmed the 10 disc box set designed by Toshi Onuki. This impressive compendium comprises 144 songs in 192kHz/24 bit uncompressed LPCM audio, over 2000 related documents, a detailed interactive timeline and additional exclusive content produced by Neil himself provided to the discs via BD-Live.
It’s not often one gets the opportunity to work with a visionary like Neil Young. It became clear to us early on what a special project this was, and how well the capabilities of Blu-ray dovetailed with Neil’s vision. We also realized we were going to be pushing the boundaries of what was possible with Blu-ray right at the format’s inception, creating a product that had few, if any, predecessors in any format.
Over two years later, it’s still state-of-the-art, with unexpected pleasures to be found each time its viewed. It’s also up-to-date, with a well-integrated BD-Live timeline providing updates to the discs. Given all the content in the box set, one wouldn’t expect much to be left in the vault, but Neil kept a few tricks up his sleeve, and has provided eight updates (so far!) of classic performances and other rarities since release. (Who knew he was once in a band with Rick James? Super freaky!)
Special thanks to Larry “L.A.” Johnson, Elliot Roberts, Will Mitchell, and Bernard Shakey.