Watch a live stream of Neil Young’s acoustic gig in Ontario

The show was in celebration of the launch of his digital archives

Yesterday (Dec 1), Neil Young shared his musical archive, spanning over 50 years, for free online.

To celebrate its release, Young played an intimate, acoustic gig at Omemee, Ontario’s Coronation Hall.

Playing solo, Young debuted a live rendition of The Visitor’s ‘Stand Tall’ and also treated fans to Harvest’s ‘There’s a World’ – played for the first time since 1971 – and ‘Don’t Be Denied.’

The concert was live-streamed and raised over $18,000 for the Bridge School. It has since been uploaded to Facebook. You can watch it here.

The archive is offered on the musician’s official website and gives fans access to his solo catalogue, as well as works by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and Buffalo Springfield.

As Uproxx reports, Young announced the launch of the archive in a letter, in which he wrote: “We developed [the archive] to provide fans and historians with unprecedented access to all of my music and my entire archive in one convenient location.”

The archive also contains previously unreleased material that Young says he “did not release at the time for one reason or another”, noting that “many of the songs subsequently appeared on other albums as the years flew past.”

He added: “The archive is designed to be a living document, constantly evolving and including every new recording and film as it is made. It is not yet complete as we are still adding a lot of detail to the older recordings.”

The majority of the recordings available have been uploaded in the highest definition possible. Young said: “Full resolution is attained with no compression, unlike any other streaming service to date. Full resolution is attained when your bandwidth is high enough to play back all the quality of each individual recording. This is as good as it gets.”