The April Fool's Joke That Wasn't: Neil Young's "Time Fades Away" Re-release
Neil Young's "Time Fades Away"
Here's an April Fool's joke that turned out to be true.
As our delightful regular readers know, each year on April Fool's Day, we post some amusingly intriguing little item of Neil silliness.
Back on April 1, 2009, we ran a post with the news that Neil Young's Time Fades Away To Finally Be Re-released. This naturally created great excitement among fans who then discovered that the release would be only available on vinyl records. The comments on the post were quite amusing as fans reacted in semi-faux outrage that they were being denied a proper digital release.
So here we are, 5 years later and it turns out that Neil Young's "Time Fades Away" re-release will indeed be limited to a vinyl record only without a CD/digital release. News that Neil Young's "Ditch Quadrilogy" Re-Release Delayed Until November 2014 has been somewhat muted partially in reaction to the successful PONO launch. The release of Young's upcoming Neil Young Official Series 2 Vinyl Box Set was intended to come out on Record Store Day. A November release date for the set is now planned, which includes the classic albums Time Fades Away, On The Beach, Tonight's The Night and Zuma.
Originally posted on April 1, 2009
Neil Young's Time Fades Away To Finally Be Re-released
In a stunning decision, Neil Young has announced that he will be re-releasing "Time Fades Away" on June 2. This decision pushes back the release on The Neil Young Archives Volume 1 which had been scheduled for this release date.
The announcement comes after a 4 year campaign by fans to have "Time Fades Away" re-released after being out of print since the mid-1980's. The online petition campaign began in February 2005 and has received over 15,000 signatures thus far.
In a statement, Neil Young said:
"My fans have spoken. They want to hear "Time Fades Away" after being out of print for so long. And in order to satisfy my fans, I'm going to re-release the album in it's original format only -- vinyl.
As far as the Archives go, well they've waited this long, so they can wait a little while later. It was a tough decision because I never really cared that much for the album. But after hearing all the complaints about the Archives Box set and trying to address them, I feel that re-releasing "Time Fades Away" is my only option to placate my fan base."
The statement goes on to say that the vinyl album will also be available as a deluxe version with new music videos for each song. The videos will be included on a VHS tape in the deluxe version along with the original lyrics sheet that the 1973 release contained.
Probably no one is more surprised with this announcement than ourselves given that we have long maintained that the Archives most likely will be released before TFA.
Given these developments, Thrasher's Wheat plans to suspend the online petition campaign. But we will not do so until we have the re-release in our hands. Or The Archives.
Happy ARC Day!