Prolific rock icon, contrary curmudgeon and noted Blu-ray devotee Neil Young has announced that he plans to release his entire back catalogue (that's over 40 'official' albums plus swathes of previously unreleased material) on Blu-ray later this year.
In a launch speech he suggested that the best way to experience the discs would be on the Sony PS3. “The players are already out there, there's probably a games player like the PS3 in your house right now and it's the best thing to use this on.”
The first instalment will be a ten-disc box set covering the years 1963-72 released on Warner Bros/Reprise. All the releases are planned to include additional videos, handwritten manuscripts and assorted memorabilia, plus owners will also be able to add new material and features via download.
The project has been under regular consideration since the eighties, but Young was famously unhappy with the sound quality of CD, and was disappointed with the experience of DVD, which he felt didn't offer a full enough experience. Now he claims that since the hi-res format war is finally over, the time has finally come.