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Friday, December 30, 2005

VU: Time Fades Away

Although this album is not as hard to find as On the Beach on vinyl, it packs a punch and is sometimes overlooked in favor of Live Rust. If this was a year ago I would be posting about On the Beach, one of the greatest albums ever produced, but finally Neil Young released it on cd, so we focus now on the last of the "Trilogy", yet to be released on cd or re-released on vinyl, Time Fades Away. This album is full of so much emotion and raw power, due in part to alot of drinking and heartbreak. When I introduce someone to 70's Neil Young (In this I mean Tonight's the Night, On the Beach, and Zuma) I always save this album for last. Once they have experienced those albums , the fall, the damnation, the resurection, I push Time Fades Away their way and it becomes a must have. All Music had this to say about the history of the album...

"Anyone who has followed Neil Young's career knows enough not to expect a simple evening of mellow good times when they see him in concert, but in 1973, when Young hit the road after Harvest had confirmed his status as a first-echelon rock star, that knowledge wasn't nearly as common as it is today. Young's natural inclinations to travel against the current of audience expectations were amplified by a stormy relationship between himself and his touring band, as well as the devastating death of guitarist Danny Whitten, who died of a drug overdose shortly after being given his pink slip during the first phase of tour rehearsals. The shows that followed turned into a nightly exorcism of Young's rage and guilt, as well as a battle between himself and an audience who, expecting to hear "Old Man" and "Heart of Gold," didn't know what to make of the electric assault they witnessed. All the more remarkably, Young brought along a mobile recording truck to capture the tour on tape for a live album and the result, Time Fades Away, was a ragged musical parade of bad karma and road craziness, opening with Young bellowing "14 junkies, too weak to work" on the title cut, and closing with "Last Dance," in which he tells his fans "you can live your own life" with all the optimism of a man on the deck of a sinking ship. While critics and fans were not kind to Time Fades Away upon first release, decades later it sounds very much of a piece with Tonight's the Night and On the Beach, albums that explored the troubled zeitgeist of America in the mid-'70s in a way few rockers had the courage to face. If the performances are often loose and ragged, they're also brimming with emotional force, and despite the dashed hopes of "Yonder Stands the Sinner" and "Last Dance," "Don't Be Denied" is a moving remembrance of Young's childhood and what music has meant to him, and it's one of the most powerful performances Young ever committed to vinyl. Few rockers have been as willing as Young to lay themselves bare before their audience, and Time Fades Away ranks with the bravest and most painfully honest albums of his career -- like the tequila Young was drinking on that tour, it isn't for everyone, but you may be surprised by its powerful effects." AMG

An outstanding live album and a must for any 70's Neil Young fan. Enjoy Time Fades Away...

.: Time Fades Away
.: Journey Through the Past
.: Yonder Stands the Sinner
.: L.A.
.: Love in Mind
.: Don't Be Denied
.: The Bridge
.: Last Dance

(REMOVED 1/31/06)

Sign the petition to get the album released on cd

As always, this will be available for about two weeks, so sample while you can and hit the record store in hopes of finding your copy of Time Fades Away on vinyl. Pacific Ocean Blue is close to coming off. Check it out if you haven't already. Enjoy the weekend.

posted by Matt Hayhurst @ 1:01 PM


  1. At 8:57 PM, Blogger Satisfied '75 said…

    soooo damn good. man, i love neil


  2. At 10:03 PM, Blogger Bruce said…

    truly amazing....only On The Beach comes close...praise you for putting this up


  3. At 11:54 PM, Blogger CHW said…

    Man, I can't thank you enough for this. I've been dying for it and I missed it when Satisfied '75 pointed to it elsewhere months back. Thank you!


  4. At 8:54 PM, Anonymous BigSteve said…

    You have made me a happy man.


  5. At 6:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thank you. I have planned to convert my old vinyl-copy to digital for years, but never did. No I can save time and just listen :)


  6. At 10:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This is sooo awesome! When Neil isn't playing on my stereo he is playing on the radio in my head. Now I have some additional songs to add to that mental radio. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!! Christine


  7. At 5:24 PM, Anonymous gabe said…

    i simply cannot thank you enough for this post. you have helped fulfill a dream of mine that has lasted through years of obnoxious ebay prices and working my way through every thrift shop and record store i could find since i heard of the albums existence. thank you very, very much.


  8. At 12:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    about time. thanks!


  9. At 8:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I traded a late night girl four joints for this album back in about 77. Best trade I ever made. It's been with me ever since, though some of those other habits slowed down. Neil is always there. It's sure nice to hear it all cleaned up. A classic record.

    Thank you


  10. At 3:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    God bless Neil that made this album and you man that you put on line

    Cecè, Italy


  11. At 7:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I was 11 years old when this album was released and my older brother would play it very loudly. I remember being very moved by the raw intensity of the songs. I had it on vinyl and it got lost in moving from one apartment to another. I have been searching for a replacement ever since. This record along with On The Beach, and Tonight's the Night are some of the most searing, honest, painful and ultimately life affirming music I have ever heard. Neil, if you are reading this please release it on
    CD so we all can enjoy it forever. Thanks for the music.


  12. At 10:30 PM, Anonymous wardo said…

    Thanks for making this available (Thrasher's Wheat certainly sent a lot of traffic your way!) and letting me give my vinyl copy a rest. I'll be checking your site regularly to learn more about music.


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