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Albums Of The Week: Neil Young | Archives Volume II: 1972-1976

Shakey takes a deep dive into his darker ’70s sounds with his second massive box.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Archives Volume II: 1972-1976 focuses on a feverishly productive era of Neil Young’s career when he was often accompanied by Crazy Horse. During this era, Young released some of his most visceral and stormy albums, including Time Fades Away, On the Beach, Tonight’s the Night, Zuma and Long May You Run. The critically acclaimed Homegrown, finally released in June, is also part of this legacy. The new box set is the second installment in the definitive, comprehensive, chronological survey of Young’s legendary body of work.

Archives Volume II: 1972-1976 contains 10 CDs with 131 tracks, including 12 songs never before released in any form and 49 unreleased versions of Young’s classics. They include studio and live recordings, both solo and with Crazy Horse (Odeon Budokan), The Stray Gators (Tuscaloosa), The Santa Monica Flyers (Roxy: Tonight’s the Night Live), Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and The Stills Young Band. The deluxe edition comes in a towering vertical box and includes a 252-page hardbound book with hundreds of previously unseen photographs, additional archival materials, a partial tape database, a detailed description of the music, a fold-out timeline of the period. The box also includes an oversized Archives poster.

Archives Volume II: 1972-1976 brings fans extensive documentation of a time in Young’s career that saw his music take heavier turns in both tone and subject matter. The LPs he crafted during this time, including the haunting Ditch TrilogyTime Fades Away, On the Beach, and Tonight’s the Night — are dense with a darkness and wildness also reflected in Young’s electrifying live shows of the era. Previously, 2009’s Archives Volume I: 1963-1972 offered an unprecedented deep dive into Young’s early work, illuminating the road he traveled with The Squires and Buffalo Springfield, and exploring iconic albums like Harvest.”

Archives Volume II: 1972-1976 track listing:
* = previously unreleased song
** = new unreleased version

Disc 1 (1972-1973)
Everybody’s Alone
Letter From ‘Nam *
Monday Morning **
The Bridge **
Time Fades Away **
Come Along and Say You Will *
Goodbye Christians on the Shore *
Last Trip to Tulsa
The Loner **
Sweet Joni *
Yonder Stands the Sinner
L.A. (Story)
L.A. **
Human Highway **

Disc 2 (1973)
Tuscaloosa
Here We Are in the Years
After the Gold Rush
Out on the Weekend
Harvest
Old Man
Heart of Gold
Time Fades Away
Lookout Joe
New Mama
Alabama
Don’t Be Denied

Disc 3 (1973)
Tonight’s the Night
Speakin’ Out Jam **
Everybody’s Alone **
Tired Eyes
Tonight’s the Night
Mellow My Mind
World on a String
Speakin’ Out
Raised on Robbery (Joni Mitchell song) *
Roll Another Number
New Mama
Albuquerque
Tonight’s the Night Part II

Disc 4 (1973)
Roxy: Tonight’s the Night Live
Tonight’s the Night
Mellow My Mind
World on a String
Speakin’ Out
Albuquerque
New Mama
Roll Another Number
Tired Eyes
Tonight’s the Night Part II
Walk On
The Losing End **

Disc 5 (1974)
Walk On
Winterlong
Walk On
Bad Fog of Loneliness  **
Borrowed Tune
Traces **
For the Turnstiles
Ambulance Blues
Motion Pictures
On the Beach
Revolution Blues
Vampire Blues
Greensleeves *

Disc 6 (1974)
The Old Homestead
Love/Art Blues **
Through My Sails **
Homefires *
Pardon My Heart **
Hawaiian Sunrise **
LA Girls and Ocean Boys *
Pushed It Over the End **
On the Beach **
Vacancy **
One More Sign **
Frozen Man *
Give Me Strength **
Bad News Comes to Town **
Changing Highways **
Love/Art Blues **
The Old Homestead
Daughters *
Deep Forbidden Lake
Love/Art Blues **

Disc 7 (1974)
Homegrown
Separate Ways
Try
Mexico
Love Is a Rose
Homegrown
Florida
Kansas
We Don’t Smoke It No More
White Line
Vacancy
Little Wing
Star of Bethlehem

Disc 8 (1975)
Dume
Ride My Llama **
Cortez the Killer
Don’t Cry No Tears
Born to Run *
Barstool Blues
Danger Bird
Stupid Girl
Kansas **
Powderfinger **
Hawaii **
Drive Back
Lookin’ for a Love
Pardon My Heart
Too Far Gone **
Pocahontas **
No One Seems to Know **

Disc 9 (1976)
Look Out for My Love
Like a Hurricane
Lotta Love
Lookin’ for a Love
Separate Ways **
Let It Shine **
Long May You Run
Fontainebleau
Traces **
Mellow My Mind **
Midnight on the Bay **
Stringman **
Mediterranean *
Ocean Girl **
Midnight on the Bay **
Human Highway **

Disc 10 (1976)
Odeon Budokan
The Old Laughing Lady **
After the Gold Rush **
Too Far Gone **
Old Man **
Stringman **
Don’t Cry No Tears **
Cowgirl in the Sand **
Lotta Love **
Drive Back **
Cortez the Killer **