By Clark Collis
Updated May 28, 2009 at 06:34 PM EDT

The term “long-awaited” gets thrown around quite a lot in discussions of rock-star output. But very few releases have been awaited for quite so long as Neil Young’s retrospective Archives project. I was just reading a contemporary review of the rock legend’s Geffen compilation Lucky Thirteen, which referred to the Archives as “long-awaited.” And that was in 1993! Anyway, Young is finally releasing the first of a planned series of box sets, Archives Vol. 1 1963-1972, on June 2, more details of which can be found here. Meanwhile, below you can exclusively hear a never-before-released, nicely shambling recording by Young and Crazy Horse of “Dance Dance Dance,” a different version of which appeared on the Horse’s eponymous 1971 debut. And it is actually just one of three versions of the track included on Vol. 1. Young may be slow, but he’s thorough!

Take a listen and tell us whether it was worth the wait.


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