The wait continues for Neil Young fans.
Young’s oft-delayed “The Archives Vol. 1 1963-1972” box set has been pushed back again until later this year with no firm date for its release, according to a representative from Warner Music Canada.
The collection, originally scheduled for release last fall, is expected to include unreleased studio and live recordings, fresh film footage, photos, personal letters and a 150-page book.
Some reports have indicated that the set will use the Blu-Ray format, but the Warner rep said details have not been finalized.
In the meantime, Young’s new disc, “Fork in the Road,” is scheduled for release March 31, with the title track already available for download on his website.
Early press about the record, however, has not been positive.
In a review of a Madison Square Garden performance by Young last month, the Village Voice called his new material “absolutely terrible.”
The songs, which writer Rob Harvilla said seemed culled from a concept album about eco-friendly cars, were “disturbingly beef-witted” and the crowd reaction was emphatic: Harvilla reported that only 60 per cent of the original audience remained by the end of the show.
Young’s interest in eco-friendly cars is well-established.
Last year, the legendary Canadian rocker teamed up with mechanic Johnathan Goodwin, in the hopes of converting Young’s 1959 Lincoln Continental to operate on an electric battery.
Young is nominated for a Grammy Award for best solo rock vocal performance for his song “No Hidden Path,” off last year’s “Chrome Dreams II.” The awards will be handed out Feb. 8 in Los Angeles.
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