Santa Claus came early in the form of Neil Young, who reached into his never-ending sack of musical goodies that is the Neil Young Archives and pulled out free access for everyone. While it’s not clear at exactly which date NYA will revert to a premium service, the singer-songwriter announced that the service will be free through the holidays.
In a post shared to the Neil Young Archives Instagram page, Young wrote, “Greetings/We are doing well here and feeling good. We hope you are well too. Our hearts go out to all those families touched. We want you to enjoy what we have to share at NYA.” He went on to say that, “Through the holidays NYA will be available for free to everyone on our desktop site.” With no specific end date to the offer, the best advice would be to soak up the content while you can.
This announcement comes on the heels of the mammoth Neil Young Archives Volume 2: 1972—1976, a 10-disc collection released last month. With all physical copies currently sold out, and the collection unavailable on other streaming services like Spotify or Apple Music, this may be the only chance for many to hear it for some time. The 131-song collection features 12 previously-unheard tracks, including a cover of Joni Mitchell‘s “Raised On Robbery”, and much more from one of the songwriter’s most productive periods.
The act of charity also comes ahead of the release of Timeless Orpheum, which is coming soon to The Hearse Theater within the Neil Young Archives site. The concert film documents his show on January 28th, 2019, at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis which has yet to see an official release.
In other Young news, he also dropped his copyright lawsuit against Donald Trump‘s re-election campaign for unauthorized use of his songs like “Rockin’ In The Free World” at his rallies. It appears that Young has certainly gotten into the holiday spirit this year. Head on over to the Neil Young Archives website to listen for free, courtesy of holly jolly Neil Young.
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