Reprise RecordsNeil Young has released the third installment in his series of limited-edition vinyl box sets collecting remastered versions of his studio and live albums.
The Neil Young Official Release Series 8.5-12 collection includes 180-gram audiophile vinyl editions of 1977’s American Stars ‘n Bars, 1978’s Comes a Time, and 1979’s Rust Never Sleeps and Live Rust, as well as Neil’s 1976 collaborative album with Stephen Stills, Long May You Run, which was issued under the moniker The Stills-Young Band.
The box set is available exclusively at Young’s official online store and is priced at $149.99. Each copy is numbered. All five albums were remastered from the original analog recordings and feature original artwork reproduced by Young’s longtime art director Gary Burden. The titles haven’t been available on vinyl for decades.
Long May You Run, American Stars ‘n Bars and Comes a Time all have been certified gold for sales of more than 500,000 copies in the U.S., while Rust Never Sleeps and the two-disc Live Rust went platinum and have sold more than one million copies in the States.
Young’s previous Official Release Series vinyl box set came out in 2014 and featured four of his solo albums — 1973’s Time Fades Away, 1974’s On the Beach and 1975’s Tonight’s the Night and Zuma. Meanwhile, Young’s new studio album, Peace Trail, recently debuted at #76 on the Billboard 200.
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