The Busiest Month of Neil Young’s Career
Neil Young’s approach to his career has been that of a race horse with blinders. From the moment Young moved to California to pursue music in the late ’60s, his eyes were set on one thing, music. Every decision he made funneled through his relentless desire to appreciate and respect the integrity of music. On December 1,2017, Young nurtured that philosophy by releasing an album, and streamed a live performance from his hometown in Canada through a high fidelity streaming service. He also released a complete digital archive of his work.
Although Young has been hinting at this streaming service for years, the official announcement for the project came early in November when he released “Already Great,” a single from his upcoming album, The Visitor. The opening line of the song is, “I’m Canadian by the way, but I love the USA.” The song is a direct response to Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again!” The entire album is also expected to be very political as Young has been a vocal advocate for conservational efforts in the past.
Perhaps the biggest release on that day was the digital archive of Young’s vast catalog and a high fidelity streaming service called Xstream Music. For years, Young wrestled with digital streaming and the loss of sound quality that comes with services like Spotify and Apple Music. He created PonoMusic a few years ago to address this issue, but it never lifted off. Not only will the digital catalog be presented with the highest possible sound quality, but it will also inform the listener about ways to increase sound quality on their end.
The website also features an interactive timeline of Young’s complete discography that spans throughout his entire musical career. It starts with his 1963 recordings with The Squires, one of the first bands that he formed in Winnipeg, Canada. The timeline ends with his most recent album, The Visitor, which was released earlier this month. The timeline also offers liner notes, lyrics, photos from the recordings, and other information from the music you are listening to. For Neil Young fans, this is a reality beyond our wildest dreams. It’s an interactive masterpiece with sound quality that you can hear.