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Neil Young’s “Time Fades Away” to Be Reissued on Record Store Day

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Time Fades AwayHe’s called it “the worst record I ever made,” but Neil Young’s putting his 1973 live album Time Fades Away back into print for only the second time, as part of a limited box set for Record Store Day.

The Neil Young Official Release Series Discs 5-8 box set, limited to 3,500 copies at participating independent retailers on this year’s Record Store Day events on April 19, will feature 180-gram reissues of Time Fades AwayOn the Beach (1974), Tonight’s the Night (1975) and Zuma (1975), newly remastered at Bernie Grundman Mastering, pressed at Pallas MFG Germany and featuring reproduced artwork overseen by Young’s longtime designer Gary Burden. (In 2009, the first volume in this box set series was released, featuring similarly lush vinyl reissues of Neil Young (1968), Everybody Knows This is Nowhere (1969), After the Gold Rush (1970) and Harvest (1972).)

Time Fades Away, for its own part, remains a crucial link in Young’s early career. A live album backed by Young’s Harvest-era band The Stray Gators (pedal steel guitarist Ben Keith, pianist Jack Nitzsche, bassist Tim Drummond and drummer Johnny Barbata) and consisting entirely of new material, Time Fades Away was recorded on a lengthy tour marred by alcohol abuse, erratic behavior and, by the trek’s end, a throat infection that required David Crosby and Graham Nash to supply some much-needed support. Recorded directly from the soundboard to 16-track by a Quad-8 CompuMix, the first digital mixer of its kind, the album retained a murky, uncertain quality, but critics were quick to praise it. Despite this, Young has largely disavowed its existence, dismissing the “audio verite” approach in a liner notes passage that was cut from the beloved Decade compilation in 1977. A 1995 HDCD release was scrapped late in development, and despite constant petitions there appear to be no plans to issue the album anywhere other than vinyl. (Young did indicate that a “sequel” drawn from alternate selections on the same tour would appear in the long-gestating Archives Vol. 2 box set.)

Written by Mike Duquette

March 3, 2014 at 15:18

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  1. Why no CD releases for 5-8????

    Earl Cambron

    March 3, 2014 at 15:24

    • I’m with you. I already have original vinyl of these titles- would love to have Time Fades Away on CD.

      Jason Michael

      March 3, 2014 at 19:45

    • On the Beach is already available as a remastered CD (originally released 5 or 10 years ago I think?)

      I’m sure Tonight’s the Night and Zuma will get the same treatment, probably around the same time as Archives Vol. 2 finally hits shelves

      As for TFA, I’ve got my fingers crossed that it’ll see CD release as well, but I wouldn’t put it past Neil to keep this a vinyl-only limited release, seein’ as how he feels about it.


      March 4, 2014 at 11:31

  2. No CD, no buy


    March 3, 2014 at 20:43

  3. I don’t see the need to pay 35 bucks for an album that I already had and bought for 7 dollars back in the early 80s. I rather much have the CD myself.

    Rodney Smith

    March 4, 2014 at 01:09

  4. As someone posted on another site, Neil only issues releases in the latest technologically superior format, hence a vinyl-only release 😉


    March 4, 2014 at 11:59

  5. Actually these might be the launch titles for Pono since, like you mentioned he would want the highest quality sound.


    March 4, 2014 at 14:41

  6. It should be pointed out that the first four albums, originally boxed on vinyl, eventually came out in a boxed CD set that was reasonably priced. I’m hoping the same thing happens here.


    March 4, 2014 at 15:19

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