Neil Young Talks Orchestrating "A Man Needs A Maid" in New Archival Footage

Today's publication of the Neil Young Archives is a momentous event for the artist, the culmination of a years-long project to organize and share with the world every recording, photograph, lyric sheet, and video that he has made throughout his career.

A stickler for hi-fi audio, Young is using his propriety Xstream streaming service to allow visitors to the Archives website to listen all of his music in full resolution, with no additional file compression, so long as a user's computer and internet are up to the task.

Young's fidelity to the best attainable sound can be seen in the above video of the recording session for the Harvest track "A Man Needs A Maid," in which Young complains about his own playing and that of the London Symphony Orchestra.

"They definitely have to hear me. It's obvious that they have to hear me—they were playing half a beat behind me all the way through the fucking thing," he says, when discussing, with Producer Jack Nitzsche, how to proceed after a difficult take.

After a break and another take, Young flashes a big smile and a peace sign to the conductor and gives what, to his standards, must be pretty high praise: "That wasn't bad. That was pretty good."

For what are sure to be other unearthed gems, check out the full, interactive archives yourself here.

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