Time Fades Away is a live album comprised of entirely new material. Originally released in 1973, it is one of Neil Young’s more obscure albums, possibly due to the fact that it has been unavailable for more than 30 years and was never released on CD. It was recorded on the tour to support Harvest, Neil Young’s most commercially successful album to date. His backing band here are The Stray Gators, who backed him on the aforementioned Harvest.
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8/10 Tom 18th December 2018
It says something about Neil Young's incredible string of fantastic records in the late 60s, early 70s (not to mention how prolific a songwriter he was at that time) that he still considers the 1973 live album Time Fades Away as sub-par. Recorded on a somewhat shambolic tour in support Harvest with his support band the Stray Gators, Young took the opportunity to treat his audiences to brand new songs, to less-than-enthusiastic responses. However, there are plenty of fantastic songs and performances here for hardcore and casual Neil Young fans. 'Journey Through the Past' and 'Love in Mind' were staples of his live sets at this time, and while they're widely available on bootlegs, these versions can be considered definitive. 'L.A.' and 'Last Dance' are full of boozy swagger, while 'Don't Be Denied' is a clear indication of the direction he would follow on the Ditch Trilogy (On the Beach, Tonight's the Night, and Zuma) and would easily fit on any of those essential records.
Come on Neil, this isn't such a bad record after all.
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