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Time Fades Away

Neil YoungVinyl
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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise Records
  • ASIN: B0011W6SE8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,482 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Track Listings 1. Time Fades Away 2. Journey Through the Past 3. Yonder Stands the Sinner 4. L.A. 5. Love in Mind 6. Don't Be Denied 7. Bridge 8. Last Dance

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars most affecting April 25, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Neil Young has offered a mountain of reasons why the completely live 'Time Fades Away', released on vinyl on 10-15-73, remains his only official work not available on CD. These reasons vary from not being particularly impressed by the work, to not wanting to be reminded of the tensions among the Stray Gators during the tour, to technical problems with reassembling the recordings, which were fed into a computer along with overdubs to press the original vinyl version. Yet 'Time Fades Away' may well be Neil's most affecting collection of songs, and is widely regarded by many die-hard fans as his finest production. Personally, I don't think Neil has offered all the reasons why TFA remains unreleased on CD. Over the years I've come to appreciate Neil as an astoundingly astute businessman (check out how he's marketing the 2006 CSNY summer tour through his web site to avoid the surcharge of ticket vendors), and I have a sneaking suspicion that he enjoys the mystique of keeping this masterpiece in short supply. After all, the Mona Lisa wouldn't have near its current value or prestige had da Vinci printed 200,000 copies and destroyed the original.

As for the music on the disc... well, what does it say when so many regard it as Neil's best? Most of those people wouldn't be from the part of Neil's fan base that proclaims 'Harvest' or 'Comes a Time' as other favorites from the Young catalog, however. This disc heralds instead from Neil's 'dark period', dealing with the death of Crazy Horse member Danny Whitten, his divorce from Carrie Snodgress, and the culmination of the hippie era which had spawned Neil's career.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Voice of Impending Doom August 21, 2006
By John
Format:Audio CD
I've been a hard core Neil Young fan for more than 2 years (I'm only 22) and I first heard about this album from reading the biography `Shakey'. Like most fans, I loved the other two albums in the "Doom Trilogy",(more like practically wore them out) so instead of sitting around waiting for Neil to release this on CD (that could be next year, next decade, or never), I finally decided to search the internet for it and when I finally got it all together in the original running order and listened to it....wow. `Time Fades Away' embodies that sense of impending doom - as if Neil had somehow subconsciously knew that everything was about to go from bad to worse.

The first lyrics of the album really tell you what you're in for. "Time Fades Away" starts off with a bar-room barrelhouse piano, rollicking guitar, and Neil shouting "Fourteen junkies too weak to work, one sells diamonds for what they're worth, down on pain street disappointment lurks". Ben Keith adds some amazing lead slide guitar, and the song definitely has that Tonight's the Night, everyone's had several shots of tequila feel to it, with Neil and Ben kind of haphazardly singing the chorus "Son don't be home too late, try to get back by eight, son don't wait till the break of day, cause you know how time fades away".

Next up is "Journey Through the Past". This is one of three amazing solo piano songs on the album, and depending on my mood, the best. It could definitely be a song about how fame can leave as quick as it came and Neil is most likely talking straight to the fans with the line "When the winter rains come pouring down on that new home of mine, will I still be in your eyes and on your mind?
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
So, is this thing out on CD yet or do I still have to listen to my uncle's 8-track to hear it? I guess we can thank whoever had the bright idea of mastering this album "straight to a computer" (gee, I didn't even know they had those in 1973!) for there being no original master tapes for this album. No master tapes to work with. Hmm. What if the Beatles had decided to master the White Album straight to a computer? Well, I guess we'd have no CD of that today either! Anyway, if there had to be one album that Neil Young mastered straight to a computer with no chance of it ever being preseved on "master tape" I guess we should all be thankful it wasn't Harvest or Everybody Knows this is Nowhere! But still, wouldn't we all love to have Time Fades Away on a digitally remastered CD with that great punchy full sound? I mean, why did it have to be Time Fades Away? Couldn't he have waited until Landing on Water to master an album straight to computer without ever taking the time to make a master tape? I still think they could push the newest A&R flunkie at Reprise down the stairs of the dark vault library and go through all those dozens of Neil Young tape boxes that say "recorded live in 1973" and figure out just where the recordings are once and for all and get mixing this sucker! I don't care if he has to go through 1,689 hours of tape just to find the 37 minutes of music that ended up on Time Fades Away. Aren't we the fans worth it? The completists that have to have every NOTE ever released even if it is the artist's worse work ever? And who says this is Neil's worst? Who has the right? Uh, well, umm, I guess Neil did kind of mention that this kind of is like his, well, um, least favorite album he ever made. But, still, we want it on CD anyway, just because it's the missing link, right? Right! Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Neil's Jaded Faded Not Forgotten Classic
I've read the stories about Neil Young not wanting to release this album on CD and all that such crap. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Arlee Bird
5.0 out of 5 stars I Actually have this on a UK advanced Copy HDCD Before they Pulled it...
Few seem to know this, but Reprise Records actually Remastered this disc in HDCD and sent it out to several key 'players', reportedly as a 'feeler' in the UK, to prepare for... Read more
Published 17 months ago by P. Kidd
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album but what is Amazon doing selling this?
Perfect follow up to Harvest. I'm not quite a NY fanatic but I do love this album, it is a wonderful shambles and only Neil could have used some 1973 computer technology from hell... Read more
Published 19 months ago by YesFan
5.0 out of 5 stars Part ONE of Neil's QUAALUDE TRILOGY
There remains NO GOOD REASON for this masterpiece to be unreleased on CD. Yet to this day, Neil Young refuses to bring this briliant first part of his trilogy out on CD. Read more
Published 20 months ago by W. T. Hoffman
5.0 out of 5 stars Time Fades Away...one of Neil's best!
I just purchased an excellent copy of this awesome LP at Amoeba Records in Hollywood for $14.88. I've been searching out this album for quite a while as I lost my original copy to... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Chuck Flores
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Available on CD
There's an import available. Also, this has been put on CD, with excellent audio, in many of the bootleg groups that are on the internet. Look for NY bootlegs; it's there.
Published on February 17, 2012 by Moviemanforever
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it's very good; get your hands on it somehow
I owned a copy of this from the time I was in my teens until I was in my forties (talk about time fading away! Read more
Published on December 14, 2011 by maelje
4.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't pay top dollar for the vinyl but it's still good
Time Fades Away is a spirited live performance from Neil Young and the Stray Gators that was released in 1973. Read more
Published on September 22, 2011 by John Alapick
5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy it on vinyl and get it transferred
This must be the only LP not available on CD. And it really is a shame. It's in the top 10 of his albums, and right behind Rust Never Sleeps in terms of live music. Read more
Published on February 9, 2011 by Anthony Barkdoll
1.0 out of 5 stars .. but I'll always remember how badly this blows
.... the cover shot was taken from the show at The Spectrum in Philly and the crime here is that that is all that was atken from the show in Philly. Read more
Published on September 4, 2010 by o dubhthaigh
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