Will Neil Young’s Archives series ever be released?

    Notoriously format-finicky Canadian Neil Young has announced that his much-anticipated Archives set has been delayed again. Incredibly, work on making Young’s archives available for public consumption began as far back as the late ‘80s, yet there’s still no concrete date set for their release.

    This year it seemed Archives might see the light of day, with a proposed 10-disc Blu-ray set purported to be nearing completion. But a spokesperson for Young’s label, Reprise, has announced the project has been “pushed back to some point in 2009.” There also seems to be further confusion over which format the set will be released on, with Reprise now reporting it will be DVD only.

    In the interim, a live album has been scheduled for release on November 25. The record is culled from a string of dates Young played in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in the late ‘60s, and is titled Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House 1968.  The album will provide scant consolation for Archives-hungry Young fans, who must surely be wondering if the project will ever surface.