To date, Neil Young‘s archival releases have consisted of a bunch of live recordings and the 10-disc 2009 box set, The Archives Vol. 1 1963–1972. He’s now announced plans to place all of it online for streaming, complete with an interactive timeline, and it will be continually updated to allow for future works.
Over at Neil Young Archives, there is a letter outlining what he plans to do. “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.”
Young then goes into detail about the technology behind his new Xstream service, which he announced back in April, promising “the highest quality your network condition allows at that moment and adapts as the network conditions change.” The music found on the Neil Young Archives, he says, will be “pure uncompressed masters” because “[a]ll compression formats compromise quality.”