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Friday, March 02, 2012

Comment of the Moment: You Know How Time Fades Away, Right?

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Some interesting comments on an earlier post on the 7th Anniversary of Release "Time Fades Away" Petition .

From Lost Dog:
My trip with Neil Young has been going on for just over 20 years now: effectively since I became aware of his existence, thanks to a friend whose music tastes back then were far better than mine.

Today, I'm only an almost-completist: there are a few albums I don't own if they double up what's already out there (Lucky Thirteen, pass), and of the bootlegs from Dimeadozen etc. I favour the ones with good sound, generally eschew audience video recordings, and leave more recordings than I download. Completism for someone who has had almost every concert since 1970 bootlegged (if not true, it sure feels like it) would be a tough row to hoe, although clearly there are people out there who do it, just as there are Deadheads who want all of it, all of it.

Anyway, for me, that's a step too far, because I don't want it just sitting on a hard drive, I want to burn each concert off to CD - which usually means two CDs per show - and then it starts to be work, gotta label those things and then store them in, it's too much and so I try to go for some of the highlights. But still, I've probably got over a hundred concert recordings there.

Anyway, there are gaps in my collection of the official output, but one thing I felt is part of the journey with NY, if you're serious, is you've got to spread yourself across formats a bit. You're going to need some vinyl (not forgetting singles), some CDs, and if you want a lot of the video material (I do), one video format won't cut it. What've we got: some things that were only on VHS, I think, quite a few that are still only on VHS and laser but never made it to DVD, some things that haven't been released at all yet (Trunk Show!) and some things that are on DVD only (Deja Vu.)

We could all get some petitions going to bring the entire catalogue up to date, but don't hold your breath for success...

I ended up wanting to own NY albums in the best available format, so that meant grabbing the DVD-Audio releases, the 200g vinyl, and where none of those were available, then settle for the CD. Plus any beat up old vinyl I could find, just because it's cool to have some beat up old vinyl. I confess to owning some of those albums in just about every conceivable format except 8-track (yes, including open reel).

I got into laserdisc a few years ago specifically to get hold of the excellent Weld, and managed to pick up the also excellent Complex Sessions shortly after that, and most of the other things that were put out on Laserdisc. I guess I'd prefer 'em on Bluray, but as they never even made it to DVD, if it comes it probably won't be any time soon. What kind of cat can have a blitzkrieg of a concert movie like Weld ON THE FUCKING SHELF? Someone with a seriously impressive back catalogue, that's who.

So Time Fades Away is just another of those things that fell through the cracks.

But it's available, on vinyl, and that's a great way to listen to it.

I mean it kids, Uncle Neil makes you a multi-format guy, and if you don't like that, you'll just have to get by on those CDs that are available. That's still a fair wedge of albums though. (And don't forget Eldorado.)

Lost Dog

Thanks Lost Dog! And all the Neil completists out there.

Cause you know how time fades away, right?

More on the never ending Release "Time Fades Away" Petition campaign.


At 3/02/2012 10:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lost Dog....what can be said....bodacious stream of consciousness collector rant from one who is certifiable and but who keeps trying and trying to accommodate the ever increasing load as layer of new finds are revealed as a proverbial onion and who spreads the love around to all who dare listen to the new and obscure old and a great friend indeed.

Oh... And Release TFA! Cause you know how time fades away, 7 years worth. If it goes on too much longer I'll be too weak to work from old, no, no,no, no. WAKEup! Goodnight.

Charles "I might live a thousand years before i know what that means"

At 3/02/2012 11:38:00 PM, Anonymous Mother Nature on the Run said...

Vinyl is final.

At 3/03/2012 08:46:00 AM, Anonymous Brent said...

I have been looking for a download of the original David Briggs laserdisc mix of Weld for years....if anyone knows where I can get my hands on it please let me know.

At 3/03/2012 10:38:00 AM, Blogger Raincheck said...

Great post. SOUND MATTERS.

Lately I've been giving all those downloaded shows a listen. Every show deserves a listen, every show has some magic, every show represents a part of Neil's journey (it's all one show!).

But at the same time, the I am thinning the herd. After I listen to a dusty old audience recording, odds are I say goodbye. Get down to a great sounding core of Neil shows that merit listening to over and over.

Because sound matters.

At 3/03/2012 11:21:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...


Lost Dog!?!,Please be advised this other "lost Dog is not me and these are not my comments or opinions
Chuck - Lost Dog Collectibles

At 3/04/2012 06:30:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My apology. Back to Anonymous until I think up a new name.

At 3/04/2012 02:01:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do Neil completist exist? That's almost impossible.
I do feel very happy as an almost-completist. It's a never ending journey in the world of Neil with strange new experiences all the time. Don't feel the need to become a completist... But I do have 3 copies of Time Fades Away on vinyl. Have it on my mobile and on CD. Really can't remember why I signed the petition to release it again.

Uncle Neil makes you a multi-format guy, that's right. And as long as we understand this and try to life with it we don't have to worry about the new format he is working on.


At 3/06/2012 12:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you want to go riding
in the tall green grass
Try to not spook the horse.

Try to not spook the horse.
Try to not spook the horse.


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