Neil Young Archives Vol. II (1972-1976) [Box Set] Image
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  • Summary: The second box-set of the Archives series from the Canadian singer-songwriter features alternate versions, mixes, rare and live tracks from 1972 through 1976.
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  1. Nov 20, 2020
    90
    For casual listeners, the inclusion of already-released material and repeated songs may feel bloated and unnecessary. But hardcore fans have craved this for years, and they’ll be more than happy to indulge in any and all versions of these tracks (ahem, “The Losing End” at the Roxy!). ... Some of the unreleased tracks are unfathomably great.
  2. 90
    Thankfully, the abundance of material doesn’t lead to any lapse in quantity, although some songs are admittedly more essential than others. Taken in tandem, they serve as yet another reminder that for all the unpredictable paths Young’s pursued throughout his career, his reputation as an astute songwriter puts him in the upper tiers of rock’s most reliable artists of the past 50 plus years. Save up your coin, folks. This one’s essential.
  3. 90
    Compiled with discipline, diligence and no little love, Archives Volume II is an immersive treat. It’s primarily for fans, but even the most casual of acquaintances will find much to adore here.
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    Nov 20, 2020
    90
    What Archives II does, then, is not just celebrate a wealth of great music - but those who helped make it. [Jan 2021, p.34]
  5. Nov 23, 2020
    80
    If Disc 1 has more room for unreleased fun – a terrifically roiling live take on the sprawling Last Trip to Tulsa, a standout from Young’s self-titled debut album - Disc 6 doubles down on introspection.