Neil Young has announced plans to put all of his archives online for streaming.
His archival releases have consisted of a bunch of live recordings and the 10-disc 2009 box set, The Archives Vol. 1 1963–1972.
“Every single, recorded track or album I have produced is represented,” he writes. “It is always current. You can browse the music I made between today’s date and 1963, when I made my first recording in Canada and it was released as a 45 RPM single.”
You will also be able to zoom in on the timeline to reveal full details of everything Young recorded in that period, from his known albums to unreleased standalone tracks or abandoned projects.
The first archival work to be released on the Neil Young Archives is Hitchhiker, an album he recorded with just his acoustic guitar on Aug. 11, 1976. Often bootlegged, Hitchhiker contains early versions of “Pocahontas,” “Powderfinger” and “Ride My Llama,” and several unreleased songs, like “Hawaii” and “God Give Me Strength.”