Neil Young will open his vast music archive and place it online for free next month. The archive dates back to 1963, when Young made his first recording in Canada.
The 72-year-old Canadian has announced on Facebook that the archive will open on December 1, which coincides with the release of his new album The Visitor, his second studio album recorded with Lukas Nelson’s band, Promise of the Real.
Young states that the archive will allow fans to “visit and experience every song I have ever released in the highest quality your machine will allow.”
He adds that users will be able to view all of Young’s released albums and ones currently in production.
“It’s the way it’s supposed to be. In the beginning, everything is free,” Young posted, adding, “I’m very interested in collecting and organization, as well as mechanical things and old school record keeping.”
An interactive timeline will also be available for fans to explore particular periods of Young’s musical career in detail. Fans will also have the option to use the site’s Filing Cabinet, which stores each individual song’s info card that contains associated credits, memorabilia, films or videos, press and photographs.