Out Now: Neil Young Releases ‘Archives Volume II: 1972-1976,’ ft. 131 Songs and a Ton of Unheard Material

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On Friday, Neil Young dipped into his massive vaults once again for Archives Volume II: 1972-1976, a 10-CD box set featuring 131 tracks in total, including 12 previously unreleased songs and 49 new recordings of classic compositions from his catalog.

Available via Reprise Records, it’s a seriously impressive collection of songs from the vaunted singer/songwriter.

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More on the set, via a news release:

Archives Volume II: 1972-1976 focuses on a feverishly productive era of Young’s career when he was often accompanied by Crazy Horse. During that era, Young released some of his most visceral and stormy albums, including Time Fades Away, On the Beach, Tonight’s the Night, Zuma, and Long May You Run. The critically acclaimed Homegrown, finally released in June, is also part of this legacy. The new box set is the second installment in the definitive, comprehensive, chronological survey of Young’s legendary body of work.

Archives Volume II: 1972-1976 brings fans extensive documentation of a time in Young’s career that saw his music take heavier turns in both tone and subject matter. The LPs he crafted during this time, including the haunting “Ditch Trilogy”—Time Fades Away, On the Beach, and Tonight’s the Night—are dense with a darkness and wildness also reflected in Young’s electrifying live shows of the era. Previously, 2009’s Archives Volume I: 1963-1972 offered an unprecedented deep dive into Young’s early work, illuminating the road he traveled with The Squires and Buffalo Springfield, and exploring iconic albums like Harvest. 

Stream the massive set below:

This trip through Neil Young’s history comes during a busy time for his legacy. The 1971 solo album/film Young Shakespeare will be out March 26 (click here for more details), and all of this activity comes on the heels of his early January deal with Hipgnosis that saw him sell 50 percent of his songwriting catalog for a cool $15o million.


  • Timothy J Fontenot says:

    I’ve been a fan of his music since 1970. I have everything of his 20th century music . His 21st century music less of. So I appreciate his release of his archives to a point. I won’t buy the Archive 2 because a lot is stuff I already have .There are at least 40 tracks that I did purchase from it unreleased, alternate takes, live versions. Saved about $100. The acoustic numbers are the best .

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