Neil Young has announced more details about his long-awaited Archives Volume II: 1972-1976 box set, which will feature 131 tracks, including 12 that have never been released before. The set, due out on Nov. 20, will also contain 49 previously unheard versions of classics from the rock icon’s archives, as well as a 252-page hardbound book.
The sequel to 2009’s massive The Archives Volume 1: 1963-1972 will cover the years when Young released some of his most beloved albums, including Time Fades Away, On the Beach, Tonight’s the Night, Zuma, Long May You Run and the recently issued lost album Homegrown. Young released a teaser video for the album as well as a 1972 recording of “Come Along and Say You Will,” recorded with his side band The Stray Gators.
The deluxe 10-CD edition (only 3,000 available) of the set includes hundreds of previously unseen photos, a tape database, a full-length archives poster, detailed descriptions of the songs and a fold-out timeline of Young’s activity during that period. In addition to solo Young material, the set finds him jamming with longtime backing group Crazy Horse, as well as The Stray Gators, The Santa Monica Flyers, Stills/Young Band and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The boxes will also come with hi-res 192kHz/24-bit digital files and a free one-year membership to Young’s on-line archives.
As previously revealed, the set will include a vintage live album recorded in London and Japan and will be arranged chronologically, stretching from songs recorded after the 1972 release of landmark album Harvest, stretching through an early 1976 European/Japanese tour with Crazy Horse; the set will be available only through the NYA site, with pre-orders open now.
Watch the trailer for the Archives set below and listen to the country swinging “Come Along and Say You Will.”