Neil Young Prepares To Make All Of His Music Free. ALL Of It, Jerry (Well, Temporarily, Anyway)
The Godfather Of Grunge is getting ready to unleash another album, along with access for free — at least, for the time being — to his entire catalog in high quality digital format, both on the same day.
We’ve already heard Already Great from Neil Young‘s The Visitor, which will hit the shops the same day he opens up the Neil Young Archives — and initially, punters will have unfettered access to his entire output, all the way back to his very first recording in Canada, 54 years ago.
Writing on Facebook, Young says, “December 1st will be a big day for me. The Visitor will be coming to your town. I will be going to my town. You will be able to hear me and see me. My archive will open on that same day, a place you can visit and experience every song I have ever released in the highest quality your machine will allow. It’s the way it’s supposed to be. In the beginning, everything is free.”
Young is a noted opponent of the overcompression, overmastering and general lack of fidelity which plagues modern recordings, often exacerbated by end users’ use of lossy codecs such as MP3. He built the Archives website “for myself as much as for everyone else,” he says by way of a welcome note on the site, which will use Xstream Music high resolution streaming by OraStream to offer uncompressed master recordings. As well, a timeline outlines “when and how the music was made” throughout Young’s career. “Every single, recorded track or album I have produced is represented,” he says.
Info cards with album contents, art and credits will be available, as well as all of Young’s songs presented chronologically, with their corresponding media, memorabilia, press clips, trinkets, accoutrements and more, in a filing cabinet — albeit a filing cabinet constructed of ones and zeroes.