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Wednesday, July 06, 2022

MASTER PRESSING SHEET: "Time Fades Away" by Neil Young

"Time Fades Away" by Neil Young
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Over on recently, a MASTER PRESSING SHEET for "Time Fades Away" by Neil Young was put up for auction.  (Thanks John K.!)

A few things pop out.

First, we were reminded of the advance distribution copy of TFA that was sent to Thrasher back in 1973.  But we must have misplaced our copy somewhere along the line?! (j/k)

Second, the pressing was "Direct to disc by Computer" in 1973.

As noted here back in 2014 "Time Fades Away" was recorded directly from the soundboard to 16-track using the Quad-8 CompuMix, the unreliable first digital mixing soundboard—against the wishes of producer David Briggs, who referred to it as the "Compufuck" but was forced to yield to the desires of Young. This resulted in a murky-sounding release. Because no two-track stereo master tape was ever made as would commonly be done, the album could not be remastered in a traditional manner. If any new release was to be attempted, a new mix would need to be made from the original multitrack tapes.

"It's like stashing Mona Lisa in the basement."
Petition Signature Signer #6628 by Gareth D.
On Record Store Day's "Black Friday", November 28th, 2014, Warner Bros. Records -- at long last -- made available Time Fades Away in the Official Release Series Neil Young Vinyl Box Set.
 Neil Young: Official Release Series Discs 5-8 Vinyl Box Set is a 4-LP, 180-gram black vinyl in reproduction jackets housed in telescoping box with a limited pressing of 3,500. 
It's been called the "missing link" of the "Ditch Trilogy".

Neil Young's 1973 Time Fades Away is one of the most remarkable live albums ever recorded. Certainly at the time of release, it was almost unprecedented for an artist to release a live concert recording of previously unreleased material. Long out of print on vinyl, still unavailable on CD in the early 21st century and widely bootlegged, the album is considered to be the "Holy Grail" of all Neil Young albums.

In an effort to gain wider distribution of this essential Neil Young recording, fans  started a petition requesting that the album be officially released. Those interested in obtaining a legal copy of Time Fades Away were urged to sign the petition today.

In 2003, it seemed that an official release was near when four of the "Missing 6" Neil Young albums surfaced. (On The Beach, one of the four albums released after a long hiatus, was also the subject of a fan's petition drive which would eventually gather over 5,000 signatures from the Neil Young Internet fan community Rust and Human Highway.)  

More on the history and background of Release "Time Fades Away" Petition.

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At 7/06/2022 09:55:00 AM, Blogger wardo said...

I never suspected you were famed WB art director Ed Thrasher!

At 7/06/2022 10:25:00 AM, Blogger Art Carey said...

the orange juice was cold, cold, cold

— Barbata ruled

At 7/06/2022 12:48:00 PM, Blogger Abner Snopes said...

I bought this album when I was 20- in 1980- and was totally confused. WTF. But my stereo system, so to speak, would just return the stylus back to the beginning. After four listens "LA" became one of my favorite songs and the whole thing started to make sense to me (in a limited way). I mean, it is hard not to hear the current of desperation. The emotion comes from within, it is never manufactured, a totally authentic attempt to understand himself and the world he was living within. I recommend this album to anyone who wants to understand emotional authenticity. The humanity of the record is frightening and for good reason. It is hard to take a look at the end of the rope.

At 7/06/2022 12:49:00 PM, Blogger Abner Snopes said...

One might say: it is harder to look at the end of the rope than it is to actually reach it.

At 7/06/2022 02:48:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ wardo - well, actually, no, we are not WB art director Ed Thrasher.

but when we roll, we're looking more than two lanes wide, for sure.

@ Art - that one took a minute.

@ Abner - good points.

certainly, many listeners are looking to understand emotional authenticity in these times.

Maybe even more so today than back in 1973 when the album was much less appreciated.

As for the rope PARADOX, is not what was exactly visualized in the DH film?

At 7/06/2022 03:28:00 PM, Blogger Abner Snopes said...

Thrasher, I never saw the film "Paradox." I did, however, listen to at least one incredible guitar workout from the movie.

At 7/06/2022 05:40:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@Abner - see PARADOX image at the bottom of the post:

TW Song of The Moment: "Married Man"

talk about tying the knot ...

At 7/19/2022 02:38:00 PM, Blogger wardo said...

This just in -- the SuperDeluxeEdition site is reporting that TFA will be getting a standalone CD release in August, and includes this link to Amazon Canada:
I see nothing on NYA about this, of course.
Here's the original post:

At 7/19/2022 03:12:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Thanks wardo! good to know. will followup.


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