Neil Young - Time Fades Away Tour CD


Following the success of Neil Young's 1972 album Harvest, a new tour with The Stray Gators - to be augmented by Danny Whitten - had been planned, but it became apparent during rehearsals that Whitten could not function due to drug abuse. On November 18, 1972, shortly after he was fired from the tour preparations, Whitten was found dead of an apparent overdose. On the tour, Young struggled with his voice and the performance of drummer Kenny Buttrey, a noted Nashville session musician who was unaccustomed to performing in the rock milieu, was deemed sub-standard. Buttrey was eventually replaced by former CSNY drummer Johnny Barbata, while David Crosby and Graham Nash contributed rhythm guitar and backing vocals to the final dates of the tour. The album assembled in the aftermath of the tour, Time Fades Away, was released in October 1973, and has often been described by Young as "my least favourite record"; it was not officially released on CD until 2017. Nevertheless, Young and his band tried several new musical approaches in this period. Time Fades Away, for instance, was recorded live, although it was an album of new material, an approach Young would repeat with more success later on. Time... was the first of three consecutive commercial failures which would later become known collectively to fans as the 'Ditch Trilogy'. But, despite Young's disappointment with the new release, the album did contain a number of truly great songs, and this CD, recorded for FM radio broadcast on the tour from which the album was compiled, on 28th January '73, features three of the record's very finest cuts, including the title track plus 'Don't Be Denied' and 'Last Dance'. The rest of the show features Young classics from previous albums, his unreleased tribute to Joni Mitchell, 'Sweet Joni', and two numbers that would be included on his next album, 1975's Tonight's The Night', written largely for Danny Whitten.

Track Listing

On The Way Home
Here We Are In The Years
After The Goldrush
Out On The Weekend
Old Man
Heart Of Gold
Time Fades Away

Lookout Joe
Sugar Mountain
Sweet Joni
Don't Be Denied
New Mama
Southern Man
Last Dance
Let's Have A Party (Closing)

Release date 03.08.2019