For the last six months, Neil Young has offered access to nearly all of his recorded music in the form of an online archive at NeilYoungArchives.com.
Now in a new post on Facebook, the songwriter says that he will be leaving the platform to focus on expanding the Neil Young Archives, which he here calls “a giant time machine cabinet” filled with “albums and tracks, bits and pieces, manuscripts and art, film and video.
“Each song is being backed up with the archival material that relates to it and to the creation of it, from song writing, to band jams, the history of this music is there,” he continues. “It’s never finished, it is huge and growing. We work night and day expanding the window you can see this archival stuff through.”
Young also says that as of June 1, he plans to charge $1.99 a month, or $19.99 a year for access. “If you want to hear my music and would like to have the option to listen to it with all the depth and glory of high resolution, it will be there,” the post continues. “All my new records can be heard there first, before they get released anywhere else. New unreleased albums from the archives, old unreleased albums from the archives. Will always be heard there first.”
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Neil Young plans to expand his already voluminous online archives to include a wealth of previously unreleased material — including a long-lost film
The film, which is 35 minutes long and was completed with help from Young’s recent musical collaborator Micah Nelson, tells what Young describes as “a very touching and moving story about artificial intelligence and communication disorders,
“Micah Nelson and I are doing an animated video of the story of Trans, so that you can see all the characters,” Neil Young told. “Every song has got characters; a lot of the characters go from song to song. There’s a factory where they’re making people, and they’re making like clones of people, and computerized versions. When I sing, it’s me but it’s not me, it’s my ‘Neil 2’ that’s singing ‘Mr. Soul’ and other songs.
Neil Young ihas also released a new album and an entire high-quality digital catalog on the same day.
The Visitor, featuring the single “Already Great,” will be available Dec. 1. Meanwhile, the Neil Young Archives will open — and, at least upon launch, the comprehensive collection will be free.
Recently the singer 72-year-old rocker has been dating the Hannah, prior to his filing for divorce to former wife Peggy Young.