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Published: 2014/03/04

Neil Young to Reissue Time Fades Away for Record Store Day

Neil Young will reissue his 1973 live album Time Fades Away for Record Store Day. The recording, which saw Young backed by the Stray Gators (Tim Drummond, Johnny Barbata, Jack Nitzsche and Ben Keith), has not been reissued since its initial release over 40 years ago.

However, Pitchfork reports that the 180-gram black vinyl will not be available as a single album. Fans will need to purchase it as part of Young’s Official Release Series Discs 5-8 Vinyl Box Set, which also includes On the Beach, Tonight’s the Night and Zuma. Only 3,500 of the box sets will be released.

Young has said that Times Fades Away is one of his least favorite records, and he has expressed his dissatisfaction with his 1973 tour in general. Jimmy McDonough’s biography of the singer-songwriter quotes a 1987 interview in which Young told interviewer Dave Ferrin:

My least favorite record is Time Fades Away. I think it’s the worst record I ever made—but as a documentary of what was happening to me, it was a great record. I was onstage and I was playing all these songs that nobody had heard before, recording them, and I didn’t have the right band. It was just an uncomfortable tour. It was supposed to be this big deal—I just had Harvest out, and they booked me into ninety cities. I felt like a product, and I had this band of all-star musicians that couldn’t even look at each other. It was a total joke.

Times Fades Away tracklist:

Side One

1. Time Fades Away (The Myriad, Oklahoma City, March 1, 1973)
2. Journey Through the Past” (Public Hall Cleveland, February 11, 1973)
3. Yonder Stands the Sinner (Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, March 17, 1973)
4. L.A. (The Myriad, Oklahoma City, March 1, 1973)
5. Love in Mind (Royce Hall, UCLA, January 30, 1971)

Side Two

1. Don’t Be Denied (The Coliseum, Phoenix, March 28, 1973)
2. The Bridge (Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, April 1, 1973)
3. Last Dance (Sports Arena, San Diego, March 29, 1973)

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