Neil Young / Archives Vol II 10CD deluxe set unboxed

SDE takes a close look at the deluxe edition of the second volume of Neil Young‘s Archives series and contrasts and compares with the 2009 box set. Watch the video…

The retail edition of Archives Vol. II is released on 5 March 2021 and can be pre-ordered below. If you want the second edition of the deluxe edition then you’ll need to head to Neil’s ‘Greedy Hand’ store (UK linkUS link)

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Archives Vol II retail edition


Archives Vol II 1972-1976

# signifies an unreleased version of a song, while a * signifies a song that has never been released in any form

Disc 1 (1972-1973)
Everybody’s Alone

1. Letter From ‘Nam *
2. Monday Morning #
3. The Bridge #
4. Time Fades Away #
5. Come Along and Say You Will *
6. Goodbye Christmas on the Shore *
7. Last Trip to Tulsa
8. The Loner #
9. Sweet Joni *
10. Yonder Stands the Sinner
11. L.A. (Story)
12. LA. #
13. Human Highway

Disc 2 (1973)

1. Here We Go in the Years
2. After the Gold Rush
3. Out on the Weekend
4. Harvest
5. Old Man
6. Heart of Gold
7. Time Fades Away
8. Lookout Joe
10. New Mama
11. Alabama
12. Don’t Be Denied

Disc 3 (1973)
Tonight’s the Night

1. Speakin’ Out Jam *
2. Everybody’s Alone #
3. Tired Eyes
4. Tonight’s the Night
5. Mellow My Mind
6. World on a String
7. Speakin’ Out
8. Raised on Robbery (Joni Mitchell song) *
9. Roll Another Number
10. New Mama
11. Albuquerque
12. Tonight’s the Night Part II

Disc 4 (1973)
Roxy: Tonight’s the Night Live

1. Tonight’s the Night
2. Mellow My Mind
3. World on a String
4. Speakin’ Out
5. Albuquerque
6. New Mama
7. Roll Another Number
8. Tired Eyes
9. Tonight’s the Night Part II
10. Walk On
11. The Losing End #

Disc 5 (1974)
Walk On

1. Winterlong
2. Walk On
3. Bad Fog of Loneliness #
4. Borrowed Tune
5. Traces #
6. For the Turnstiles
7. Ambulance Blues
8. Motion Pictures
9. On the Beach
10. Revolution Blues
11. Vampire Blues
12. Greensleeves *

Disc 6 (1974)
The Old Homestead

1. Love/Art Blues #
2. Through My Sails #
3. Homefires
4. Pardon My Heart #
5. Hawaiian Sunrise #
6. LA Girls and Ocean Boys *
7. Pushed It Over the End #
8. On the Beach #
9. Vacancy #
10. One More Sign #
11. Frozen Man *
12. Give Me Strength *
13. Bad News Comes to Town #
14. Changing Highways #
15. Love/Art Blues #
16. The Old Homestead
17. Daughters *
18. Deep Forbidden Lake
19. Love/Art Blues #

Disc 7 (1974)

1. Separate Ways
2. Try
3. Mexico
4. Love Is a Rose
5. Homegrown
6. Florida
7. Kansas
8. We Don’t Smoke It No More
9. White Line
10. Vacancy
11. Little Wing
12. Star of Bethlehem

Disc 8 (1975)

1. Ride My Llama #
2. Cortez the Killer
3. Don’t Cry No Tears
4. Born to Run *
5. Barstool Blues
6. Danger Bird
7. Stupid Girl
8. Kansas #
9. Powderfinger #
10. Hawaii #
11. Drive Back
12. Lookin’ for a Love
13. Pardon My Heart
14. Too Far Gone #
15. Pocahontas #
16. No One Seems to Know #

Disc 9 (1976)
Look Out for My Love

1. Like a Hurricane
2. Lotta Love
3. Lookin’ for a Love
4. Separate Ways #
5. Let It Shine #
6. Long May You Run
7. Fontainebleau
8. Traces #
9. Mellow My Mind #
10. Midnight on the Bay #
11. Stringman #
12. Mediterranean *
13. Ocean Girl #
14. Midnight on the Bay #
15. Human Highway #

Disc 10 (1976)
Odeon Budokan

1. The Old Laughing Lady #
2. After the Gold Rush #
3. Too For Gone #
4. Old Man #
5. Stringinan #
6. Don’t Cry No Tears #
7. Cowgirl in the Sand #
8. Lotto Love #
9. Drive Back #
10. Cortez the Killer #


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Great video. I really enjoyed watching it. I don’t have any Neil Young but even so I never miss an SDE unboxing video and this is one of the best. Always great when you do something different. Your collection must be bigger than your house ! You seem to have everything !!


Paul, I enjoyed your frank and honest trashing of the Vol. 1 packaging. Record company execs take note! It’s horribly frustrating when you fork out a ton of money and get something shoddily made in return. I recently acquired a new and expensive box set from France (Najoua Belyzel’s latest album). It arrived, after months of delay, in what appeared to be good condition. The only problem was that I couldn’t get the vinyl record out of the box. It was too big! It took a lot of time and ingenuity to figure out how to extract it without wrecking the box. Still, I succeeded eventually and have since enjoyed listening to it. But it’s never going back in the box. Ooh-la-la!

David Ratchford

Horrid . Looking box for sure . should be tull/marillion type box nothing more needed ! Me thinks .

David Fisher

Thanks for the video Paul – well presented as ever.

I still think the lack of any video content on the second set is a real disappointment and smacks of laziness. There has to be tons of stuff from this period. The Blu Ray Vol 1 set I have has such great visual presentation and so many interesting clips the best of which was Neil going into a record store and demanding to know why they were selling his bootleg LPs. He tries to leave the shop with one without paying for it and when the owner threatens to call the cops Neil says “OK go ahead – this music has been stolen from me so it’s mine already” or words to that effect.

David Fisher

No sign of a letter of authenticity here either. Like I care :-)

All I wanted was the music in a box that matched Vol 1 which I was lucky enough to get first time round from the first 3000.

Rett Russell

Late to the HD scene, a few years ago I bought the NY bluray Vol I version at a not-too-exorbitant price; the seller packed it poorly and I had to re-glue the thing together; it was designed so the book won’t slide down if the stop is in place.
The faux leather cover is trying to separate from the pages, which discourages me from reading the excellent song-by-song notes indicating what is being listened to….some cuts sound like previous releases but aren’t…different, addtional musicians, etc.
The poster reproduces the metal filing cabinet which appears on the screen as the disc is opened…you can hear/see the drawer sliding in and out. Songs are “filed” chronologically.
Neil must have been playing a lot of the 90’s disc/puzzle game Myst, because certain discs are full of hidden songs/videos only accessible by clicking on a feather or a pushpin or Neil’s guitar, etc., and that can take an annoyingly long time because bluray discs don’t just play like CDs….they actually have to load into your player (!) and they move slowly from one screen to the next….
The hidden stuff isn’t listed ANYWHERE so who knows if I’ve found them all (tip: go to the internet chat groups). However, it’s worth it because that stuff is incredible…Stills & Young video at Woodstock, etc.
I’m in this for the music and IMHO the bluray versions contained within are the ultimate NY sound quality. (I have an early DVD audio of Harvest so I’m not just making this up.)
Yet again, my hat’s off to Paul for keeping us music community folks informed (and protected) from unnece$$ary expenditures in the feeding of our Deluxe Edition habits!


Rhett explains the pleasures of Vol 1 blu ray edition beautifully. Couldn’t have put it better myself.
As a physical product, Vol 2 deluxe is just the emperors new clothes in comparison. The music will be just as great in the retail version, so I’m going with that.


My Volume 1 DVD box set is sitting in a corner with a load of other box sets sitting on top of it. It’s like a game of box set Tetris if I ever want to play the thing.


I’m still hoping Neil releases a remastered version of “Arc-Weld” on CD, and re-releases the video version of that album on Blu-ray/DVD.


I purchased NY vol. I Blu-ray big box edition when it was first issued. Like you, Paul, I found the configuration of the inside packaging a tad intimidating.

From your video presentation, I’m glad to see some design improvements for the NY vol. II big box edition has occurred. Very nice, but I’m still having problems all these years later trying to safely store my NY vol. I box due to the unconventional box dimensions. Hence, I’ve decided to get the smaller retail version of NY vol. II. This way I can simply place the smaller box on top of the big box NY vol. I, saving the extra storage space (and money) for other music purchases :-)


Thanks Paul. I wondered what your opinion was of the Vol 1 v Vol 2 debate.would be, and had to laugh at your demolition of Vol 1!
I’ve had the dvd and blu ray versions of Vol 1 and never had an issue with the box disintegrating, the book still sits proud of its holder, same as in Vol 2, but then I rarely read the books more than once or twice anyway. The “secret” drawer was, I thought a nice touch, concealing a bonus disc of sugar mountain live and the download card etc. I still have my blu ray box and it remains my favourite box set due to the numerous videos and the interactive timeline found on the discs. Features that are totally absent with Vol 2 of course.
I also bought one of the 3000 Vol 2 box sets on day 1, from the US store, as the UK store wasn’t up and running quickly enough. The downloads arrived the next day, the box itself arrived about 4 days later, with no import duty to pay surprisingly, making it actually cheaper than from the UK store – RESULT!
Then they pissed me off by quickly announcing a retail version with the same music content, same downloads, but a thinner book and smaller box for about £100 less AND decide to release a 2nd run of the Deluxe version!
NOW A WORD OF CAUTION. Because of this I chose to save myself some money and sell my massively over-priced “1st Edition” Deluxe Vol 2, and buy the cheaper retail version from the UK store – BIG MISTAKE! I pre-ordered it on Dec 5th and patiently waited for the download code to arrive. It never did! After a month and several emails with no reply, I ended up cancelling my order and going back to the US store (who seem to have their act together) to buy the retail version from there.
My advice to NY fans is to not be afraid to go direct to the US store, who have already proved more reliable and responsive in my experience.
Oh, and no, I never got a “certificate of authenticity” for my Vol 2 either!


Similarly, ordered Archives 2 from the US store, everything arrived per your note too, I kept mine.
Ordered the CD version of Return To Greendale from the UK store, after numerous emails up to a month after release, was refunded with the store quoting shipping problems, ordered from Amazon immediately and it was delivered the following day.
Ordered the CD version of After The Goldrush 50 from the UK store, CD arrived promptly, despite lots of emails still no sign of the HiRes download code.
I may order directly from the US in future.


Great video Paul. It is reassuring that there are so many others for whom presentation (and consistency in presentation) is really important – I still haven’t got over the inconsistent Rio & So Red The Rose boxes (Just why ?).

Just checking if anyone can assist – so for the additional £90 for the deluxe over the retail version the extras are the box itself, the book and the poster ? Have I got that right ?

Could I also ask whether there are any copyright protection issues with these cds ? Have always been narked that the Live cds I bought in the ’00s (Fillmore 70 and Massey Hall 71) had some sort of copy protection that made them unrippable and they therefore never get listened to.

I love Neil Young but am not an uber fan and didn’t acquire Vol 1 but am tempted by Vol 2 as it is a really interesting period. The Joni Archives for the same period has the real likelihood of being just as fascinating.


Does anyone do any market research on this stuff? Does anyone really need these annoying weird shaped boxes that take up shelf space and either end up battered when they fall off the wardrobe, shelving or damp in the loft? Are the people who do these box sets on lsd or have they got a totally bizarre sense of humour and just taking the rise. It’s like bet you can’t top this hah, hah, hah look what I’m going to make the suckers buy next. All these little pointless posters and ephemeral tat. Wouldn’t it have been better to put it all of this in a decent bound book? Distinctive is sometimes just plain daft… I’m holding out for a box with marbles, when I’ve lost mine!

John MC cann

I don’t really think the guns and roses one can be topped!,and I think they got their fingers burnt,selling contents separately,but who knows

Andrew r

Fantastic unboxing Paul . I never managed to get vol 1
but after seeing the compromise / quality issues with your copy I am glad i was never tempted to pay the kind of prices the blue ray now commands . The vol 2 debacle is a joke a ltd edition should be that not “ oh let’s make a few more with different coloured writing “ Terrible treatment of the guys who get in line early and pay full ticket .


I forgot the most important thing. Thanks to Paul for running a great site and everybody who leaves comments or provides additional information. Collecting music this is a valuable site and I check it out regularly.


A lot of people find it awkward that a DVD or BD for Rust Bucket / Return to Greendale are only available in big boxes and I am among them. I have decided against those boxes myself and go for the CD version only. Neil has announced on his website that standalone DVDs/BDs will be made available through Greedy Hand Store later on so I decided to wait for that. How GHS serves us in different locations is another question, then.

On another note, I was horrified to see how Paul’s box fell apart on the video. I have the DVD box (volume I) and mine appears to be sturdy and the book / inner box do not slip as deep into the slots as on the video. Yes, the inner box tends to stuck midway through when removing it but can be carefully taken out without force with little patience. And we have it, don’t we, many of us wait for 10+ years for each edition :-) .

I tend to be very careful with my collection and for instance protect all discs in cardboard sleeves in poly bags but not individual components or outer boxes themselves like Carl. This works for me but I tip my hat to Carl. We put a lot of money into music so it makes sense to take care of it for value and posterity.


A gargantuan box – where does Neil think people store these things. I dumped my archives vol 1 outer box (kept the Blu-rays and inner sleeve) in a skip years ago. No regrets. Archives 2 is pure hubris.


From the posting many moons ago:

Update: The deluxe box sold out but is now available again “with subtle art differences” and those who got the first limited one, “will have a letter of authenticity sent to them”.

Did anyone actually ever get a “letter of authenticity”? I never did.


No letter of authenticity for me either.


Not even received my box! Did anyone in Germany received his box?

Yani P

Content looks good but the quality of the packaging looking at Paul’s video is a fail for sure..you would think for the prices involved a lot more effort would have been made to get these right?

Carl Jacobs

Way back when, I didn’t own a CD player. I only got one in ‘94 when we moved to Chester, out of the profits from the house sale in North East.
However, I was able to think ahead and in between time managed to buy the first Genesis CD singles including CD EP 1 of Tonight’s The Night and the Invisible cd single box set and the Gabriel, Collins and Floyd singles. Etc etc
Fast forward from then to 2009 and our 25th Wedding Anniversary.
NYA Vol 1, I asked for the BluRay version.
£168 from Amazon – I retained the invoice.
I sort of agree with the flimsy internal storage design.
However I disagree that the design concept of the box is superfluous. It’s proudly displayed with all contents secure inside.
The book is flimsy and will come apart so I have stored in a proprietary comic poly sleeve, which allows easy removal from its slot.
The Disc box is stored in two comic poly sleeves which protects from wear and allows, with some gentle jiggling, to be gently removed from its slot.
I always knew of the hidden extras and that box and it’s contents are stored in poly bags, as are the individual disc covers. The discs are each stored in poly sleeves from USA at extortionate import costs.
On receipt I carefully sliced the top of the heavy duty outer film from the lid section to allow access, but allowed the hype stickers to be retained in place. The whole thing is stored in clear poly to protect from shelf wear.

Fast forward to the debacle last winter and the VOL 2 set.
No letter of authenticity yet.
However I have kept sealed and stored next to its elder sibling; again in poly and with the invoice retained.
I have ordered the retail edition from Badlands and will use that version, but downloaded the set from Greedy Hand to my car playing system.
Yes a lot anoraky but this is how the collection retains its condition and hence its value for when I’m long gone.
I cringe when I watch the unboxing videos by anyone as the lack of care annoys me. In most cases they’ve got them for nothing thus depriving real fans of a chance; not Paul though.
I’ve just invested in more shelving for my ever growing vinyl box set collection but the people doing the Floyd sets need to think. An extra £10 for a 3mm extra internal height!
So look after you collection and it will look after the people whom you bequeath it to.
Happy hunting and storing.
Keep doing the unboxings Paul, in many cases it’s the only way I will get to see the sets in all their glory.


Two months later I’m still waiting to receive my deluxe edition in Australia from Canadian Greedy Hand Store. It has shipped but seems to be stuck in a Canada Post facility in Toronto

Alan Blevin

I was in the same situation until today.I checked the tracking and it was put on a plane from Canada to Australia 2 days ago.They quoted 2-3 months for delivery when it was shipped and I’m guessing I will get it soon after next Wednesday which is 2 months from the shipping date.

Phil Cohen

In this boxed set “Roxy: Tonight’s The Night Live” adds a bonus track, not included in the stand alone release.
As for the Vol.1 DVD box, I stuffed some crushed paper into the slot that holds the paperback book, to stop the book sliding too deep into the shot. (so I won’t have difficulty retreiving it).
For Vol.1, i bought both the CD & DVD release (back then I didn’t own a Blu-ray player.). I would have bought Vol.2 on multiple format releases, but, hey, it’s Neil’s decision. I don’t know whether much (or any) video material exists from this era. If there isn’t any video material that could have been added, a DVD or Blu-ray edition would have been (somewhat) pointless.
As for Neil’s 2 subsequent releases. “Return to Greendale” and the soon to be released “Down in The Rust Bucket”, it is very frustrating that the only way to obtain the video version of these concerts is to buy a very expensive $100 boxed set padded with four vinyl L.P.’s that will be useless to many people. I’m sure that Neil will blame Reprise Records. Yes, I’ve got a turntable, but i’ve collected CD’s since 1983. Since 1986, I’ve only bought vinyl if there is exclusive content that isn’t offered elsewhere.

Dan R

I agree with this, re “Return to Greendale” and “Rust Bucket”. I’d like to have the visual content for both these releases, but not at £100 a throw including unwanted vinyl. Glad that the Archives 2 box set didn’t include vinyl, which would no doubt have bumped the price up to £2,000.


Recent update on NYA confirms that standalone DVDs will be available for Way Down in the Rust Bucket, Young Shakespeare and The Times

Rare Glam

Thanks for the very informative explanation and visualisation of this Paul. I like Neil Young but I won’t be buying any of the boxes. I was curious about the differences and the confusion over formats / content etc. I had read about and you did a really good job of making that all very clear. I learnd something, thanks.

Marc Pearsall

I laughed out loud at your unintentional observation on box 1… ‘the damage has been done’

New PS and NY lyrics?
“The poorly designed boxed set slots… and the damage done”



Just this minute noticed that Neil’s ‘Return To Greendale‘ film is free to watch on Amazon Prime.

Gary Fowles

Great video (as always), I really thought we were going to get a bit of effing and jeffing when you struggled getting the content out of box 1. Haha.


Wow, I never knew Neil was a member of Roxy Music! (Jk)

Dan R

I seem to hear a lot of disparaging remarks about this box – it’s ridiculously expensive, the limited edition thing was a big mess, a lot of the material has been previously available (not just the 3 CDs that were released separately, but many tracks from the original records are repeated in this box). I can’t argue with any of that. But I think it should be pointed out that the music is fantastic, with heaps of great unreleased songs and tracks from Neil’s greatest period. It reminds me of when Bruce Springsteen released “Tracks” – I couldn’t believe that there was so much top-quality stuff just lying unused in the vaults. I feel the same here – how could Neil not have released “Come Along and Say You Will” (for example), and all the other gems contained herein? So despite everything, I feel very enthusiastic about this box and would recommend it whole-heartedly. Looking forward to Volumes 3 and 4 (which should be enough to spell out Neil’s name if you put all the boxes side by side). If I live long enough.

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I have the Deluxe Vol. 2. I’d have cancelled my order and bought the retail version but it was a gift and I have Vol. 1 Bluray.

I took all the Blurays and book out of the Vol. 1 box and now cannot find the bloody thing. Luckily I was aware of the ‘draw’ and it’s contents before storing the box in it’s unknown location.

I’ll probably store the Vol. 2 box away, I don’t have any shelves large enough to place it on.

Was Vol. 2 worth it? Well like I said it was a gift, Mrs Golden Age asked if I wanted it for Xmas, err, yes so I gave her the 15% discount code I had which took the price down to £178.50. 7 CDs at £12 each £84, I’m not counting the 3 I already have, the book £35, Hi-Rez downloads? Which I would not have bothered about but having listened to them, well shall I say I haven’t played the CDs. Are the Hi-Rez worth £59.50? Definitely. So yes the Deluxe Vol. 2 box was definitely worth it.

Those of you getting the Retail version are getting an even better bargain because if you’ve ordered I believe you already have the Hi-Rez downloads.

Your box is on top of your wardrobe mate!,


Thanks for that and many thanks for highlighting all the inconsistencies and flaws with the formats and packaging. Neil does more U-turns on format than a UK government. I bought Vol 1 Blu-ray for around the same price as Vol 2 costs on CD and, what with that and everything else, I think I’m tempted to pass this time around; I feel rather shafted, to be honest.

Bring on The Beach Boys’ Sunflower/Surf’s Up set! … surely they can’t make such a hash of things?



lol love your honesty Paul !!!!!

John Orr

Thank goodness I’m not a Neil Young fan. Money saved. What a palaver. Well described again though Mr Sinclair.


Great video. I think it’s been 10 years since I’ve looked at my Vol. 1 too.

So glad I’m one of the 3,000 who got the black-letter Vol. 2. Can’t imagine the indignity of having the red-letter version

Steven Roberts

You don’t have to imagine, Pete – you can always just scribble over the red letters in black ink. Boom! Job done!

tom m hans

…. and Canada amazon still won’t ship to the US…… great video – thank you! I always wondered how the dvd/blu ray boxes for Vol. 1 looked on the inside – I got the plain CD version of Vol. 1 for $55 @ ebay, years back….. Peace!


Great film as always Paul.

I chuckled about your ‘discovery’ of the ‘hidden compartment’ in Vol.1 – I did exactly the same thing! Didn’t realise it was there for ages!! :-)

Don’t feel as bad now knowing you did the same thing!

Looking forward to my Vol 2 arriving.

eric slangen

Great box and I’m lucky that I got one.
This DELUXE version is completely sold out and the only way to get one is (Ebay/Discogs etc) at VERY high prices.