Neil Young embraces new format
Rocker to release his entire body of work on Blu-ray discs starting this autumn
SAN FRANCISCO - Rocker Neil Young plans to release his entire music archive on Blu-ray discs, a sign that the discs' capabilities are building appeal among musicians as well as movie studios.
Blu-ray discs hold much more data than DVDs, are easily updated over the Internet, and offer better picture and sound quality.
Young revealed his plans yesterday at a
The first installment of Young's archive will cover the years 1963 to 1972 and will be released as a 10-disc set this fall on Reprise/Warner Bros. Records.
Fans can download more content like songs, photos, and tour information directly to the Blu-ray discs as the content becomes available.
Most of the Blu-ray discs manufactured so far have been used for high-definition movies.
Musical artists such as AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen, and Destiny's Child released concert videos on Blu-ray discs, but Young's support of the technology for his ambitious archive project demonstrates more fully the capabilities of Blu-ray as a music medium.
Earlier technology didn't offer the ability to browse archive material while listening to songs in high-resolution audio, Young noted.
"Previous technology required unacceptable quality compromises," he said in a statement. "I am glad we waited and got it right."