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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Vinyl Giveaway: Time Fades Away by Neil Young

"Time Fades Away" by Neil Young

Interested in a vinyl copy of "Time Fades Away" by Neil Young?

Well here's your chance thanks to the generosity of a TW reader. We probably don't need to go into all the reasons why this album is considered to be the "Missing Link" in the Ditch Trilogy. (But if you're interested, you can find out why "Time Fades Away", "On The Beach" and "Tonight's The Night" are considered by many fans to be the Rosetta Stone to understanding Neil Young's entire body of work.)

Thanks to Mike Beauchamp, a rare vinyl copy of "Time Fades Away" will be bestowed to a lucky winner.

All the details are on Giveaway: Time Fades Away.

One last thought here. Last time we pulled our vinyl copy of TFA out, we absolutely marveled at the large lyrics poster. How nice to be able to read the lyrics without a magnifying glass. To read the lyrics in Neil's handwriting.

Sure was nice back in the old folkie days..

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At 1/29/2013 09:14:00 AM, Blogger Dominic Holdem said...

vinyl is alive and well. i probably dropped 5k on vinyl last year, and a lot of that was new. no need for nostalgia.

At 1/29/2013 09:38:00 AM, Blogger Old Black said...

I suspect this has been mentioned before but....

I was watching "Almost Famous" for the first time last weekend and there is a caught me short. It's the view from the stage of a packed auditorium and on the edge of the stage is a rose - right out of the cover of TFA. My wife didn't understand my sudden excitement.

At 1/29/2013 09:55:00 AM, Blogger Matthew L. said...

Hey Old Black - I noticed that scene too. It was a great send up to this most enigmatic of albums. I must say I got really excited when I saw that scene as well. I was like, "Time Fades Away, man!!!!!!!" and nobody I was with knew what I was talking about. :(

At 1/29/2013 12:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked 'Almost Famous' when it came out, but it's not holding up as the years pass in my opinion. Lots of Cameron Crowe films are like that to me - they're great when they are released but when I re-watch them years later they seem cheesy.

Singles and Vanilla Sky come to mind...

Even the PJ20 movie seems like it was done by a film student who is narrating for 3rd graders...

Sorry to hijack the TFA thread Thrasher...

At 1/29/2013 12:31:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the way - how great will it be to hear the Ditch Trilogy in Blu-Ray quality audio? Or Homegrown? Or Oceanside/Countryside? Come on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 1/29/2013 12:48:00 PM, Blogger Thos said...

I will believe it when I see it I'm afraid!

At 1/29/2013 04:48:00 PM, Anonymous David C. said...

My copy came with 2 sets of lyric sheets! Bought mine way back in the late 70's and it still sounds great!

At 1/29/2013 04:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Fourteen junkies, too weak to work..."

At 1/29/2013 04:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"... Down on Pain St
Disappointment lurks..."

-- Eric in sunny FLA

At 1/29/2013 05:39:00 PM, Blogger Hussa said...

I'm embarrassed, it's one of my faves but I didn't realize that before. But I didn't discover TFA until 5,6 yrs ago. Now I gotta watch it again! Thank u!

At 1/29/2013 05:43:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vinyl is the only way to listen to Neil Young!

At 1/29/2013 05:51:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey T, there are some rules for running a Neil Young fanatics-news-website!!!
Rule number 1: Don't spook the Horse.
Okay, it's only a warning. But I am pretty sure it's the second time in only 10 days that you mention magnifying glasses. "How nice to be able to read the lyrics without a magnifying glass". Don't spook the Horse. Maybe we don't get lyrics at all in the near future when you keep complaining about it. ; )

At 1/29/2013 06:16:00 PM, Blogger Thrasher Wheat said...


Hi T,

Just checked out the cool Time Fades Away giveaway on your site. We recently got this note from Dave Z:

Just wanted to mention that when I got my copy of the album back in '73, in addition to the large folded up handwritten lyrics and band credits, included was a large poster of Neil, in profile, close-up at the microphone, with beyond-shoulder-length hair obscuring most of his face, holding a rose -- hence the connection with the Joel Bernstein shot of the rose on the Philly Spectrum stage on the TFA cover. Still one of my favorite albums.


So, we thought we had a 1st pressing of TFA but we've never seen this photo?

Anyone else have this photo insert or an image to share?

At 1/29/2013 07:01:00 PM, Blogger La Johnson said...

His best record - 'Love In Mind' his best ballad - no no no with Crosby & Nash

At 1/29/2013 07:23:00 PM, Blogger RustyRecords said...

Out of curiosity, Anyone know the guy on the front cover doin the Peace sign? TFA Is a great cover

At 1/30/2013 04:30:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The first pressing did not include the word "stereo" on the labels, later pressings did.

This recording was mastered 16-track direct to disc by computer - Aug. 22 & 23, 1973

MS 2151 on spine and record label.
Matrix / Runout (A): MS 2151 31632-RE-2M
Matrix / Runout (B): MS 2151 31633-RE-2E

I don't have a copy of TFA that comes with a large poster of Neil. Never have seen it. I do have a copy with a pictured inner sleeve. One side has Neil with flying V and band. the other side just Neil with Gretch and song/ recording information. Also have the first US pressing and there's only the lyric sheet.


At 1/30/2013 04:18:00 PM, Anonymous Coby said...

I go to the record store every month looking for used copy of this! Vinyl is alive and well!

I did get lucky on my trip today, ran into a copy of the Horse's Crazy Moon album on vinyl. I had never heard it before, but She's Hot is a hoot! Good stuff.

At 1/30/2013 04:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought most of the pressing of TFA were in mono, and the only ones in true stereo had "STEREO" on the label (I think I read that in an ebay listing a while back). Anyway, I known when I got my copy with "STEREO" on the label that it sounded much different than my other copy and in stereo. My other copy w/o the "STEREO" on the label sounds mono (although I should probably give it another listen).
Perhaps my ears were playing tricks on me.
Does anyone have any further information?

At 1/31/2013 12:13:00 AM, Anonymous Mike said...

Neither copy I have has "stereo" on the label, but both are stereo recordings.

One copy is a Canadian pressing, with matrix numbers:


the other is an American pressing with matrix numbers:

ms2151 31633-re-2j
ms2151 31632-re-2k

At 1/31/2013 03:43:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only MONO version of this album was released as a promotion copy and came with a white Reprise Records label on the record.

US version:
MS 2151 31633-RE-2L
MS 2151 31632-RE-2L

At 1/31/2013 03:44:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

US stereo version (without the word STEREO on the label:
MS 2151 31633-RE-2L
MS 2151 31632-RE-2L

At 1/31/2013 03:54:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just found a nice website where you can see the different labels:

Great site with tons of NY information!

At 1/31/2013 04:03:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here you can see the rejected cover with the full color inner sleeves that were later used for a German pressing.

At 2/05/2013 02:01:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also bought this LP when it came out. Had the lyric poster in it. I had to talk the record store out of the one of Neil with the carnation(not rose)that they had hanging on their wall. Also I believe the carnation is taped to the mic stand not being held by Neil. Also I have 1 other poster not menchened. Green with yellow writing " new Neil young time fades away now in stock" then has 2 circles where to write prices for LP and tape. It's it's 24x24 folded into a 12 inch square so it could be dropped into a box of records. Also the smaller one 23 x17.5. Neil with the gretch from the German inter sleeve. But this was printed in USA


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