• Record Label: Reprise
  • Release Date: Jun 2, 2009
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 2 out of 15

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  1. TorvC
    Jun 9, 2009
    1
    Incredibly way overpriced at $300 if you want to indulge in the BluRay version. Moderately overpriced at $200 for the DVD and simply twice what it should be for the CD only version. Neil has got some gall asking his fans to fork over this kind of cash (in this economy) for a rehashed release with very little new material. "Cough up the Bucks" as one of Neil's new songs implores us to Incredibly way overpriced at $300 if you want to indulge in the BluRay version. Moderately overpriced at $200 for the DVD and simply twice what it should be for the CD only version. Neil has got some gall asking his fans to fork over this kind of cash (in this economy) for a rehashed release with very little new material. "Cough up the Bucks" as one of Neil's new songs implores us to do. Me, I'm waiting for this to hit the discount bins in a few weeks -- and I'm a fan! Expand
  2. JohnH.
    Jul 23, 2009
    6
    I came for the music. I was disappointed. There is so little new here. And Decade changed my life ...
  3. PauloO.
    Oct 23, 2009
    10
    Just amazing! Buy the blu ray version-staggering audi quality as good as vinyl played on a top grade system.
  4. JohnF
    Jun 21, 2009
    10
    What we have been waiting for since 1987! Buy the blu-ray!
  5. JamesG.
    Jun 23, 2009
    10
    The Blu-Ray edition brings studio quality to Neil's first decade of music,. Truly amazing,a good mix of released,alternate and unreleased tracks.
  6. WaughW
    Jun 3, 2009
    6
    A lot of great stuff, but Neil fans have most of it already. If I had succumbed and traded my vinyl for cds I would feel this set was a complete ripoff. I would say it has ten songs or less that add to the Neil Canon.
  7. ChrisG.
    Jul 26, 2009
    10
    Just got the Bluray edition, and it is amazing, No doubt about it, it is intended fore more than the casual fan, but does not disappoint at all.
  8. AlexP
    Jun 22, 2009
    10
    In response to Waugh, there may not be many "new" songs here but the fidelity of the Blu Ray is so mind blowing on most of these songs that it's like hearing them all over again. Unless you own completely pristine vinyl copies and have an elite player, there's no way you've heard Neil sound anywhere close to this good!
Metascore
92

Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Not only was the wait worth it, Archives feels like it was 20 years in the making. It's an extraordinary work that redefines what an autobiography can be.
  2. An impressive package, but fans will be paying big bucks for a lot of stuff they already own.
  3. This exhaustive project is the most impressive retro-fest of recordings, photographs, video footage and digiti sed memorabilia ever assembled.