By Barbi Martinez
On December 11, the day before his birthday, Neil Young gave his fans an early birthday present with the following announcement at his Facebook page:
December 1st will be a big day for me. The Visitor will be coming to your town. I will be going to my town. You will be able to hear me and see me. My archive will open on that same day, a place you can visit and experience every song I have ever released in the highest quality your machine will allow. It’s the way it’s supposed to be. In the beginning, everything is free.
Lots of Love,
The Visitor will feature Young backed again by Promise of the Real. Note that the vinyl version of the album won’t be available until the first week of January, according to NeilYoung.com; it will reportedly include a digital download, at least for those who preorder the album. Meanwhile, over at the Neil Young Archives website, Young provides additional info about his plans. Scroll near the end of the “note” he wrote for some intriguing details about the proposed audio quality of the online streaming archives – Young, of course, is a notorious stickler for high-end audio quality and had had skirmishes over the years with compact discs, MP3s, and of course streaming itself.