Time Fades Away
Leo likes it! Rock Follies keeps on rockin’ with Leo Goldsmith’s review of Neil Young’s much-maligned Journey Through The Past film. There was a soundtrack released, but I’m sharing the out of print album that actually features the JTTP title track.
I usually try to keep away from officially released material on this blog, but I’m making an exception here, since Neil Young has (infamously) decided to never release this particular record digitally. In a world where Old Ways is readily available, this is no small injustice. Time Fades Away, recorded live with the Stray Gators in 1973, is — like pretty much everything Neil Young did in the 1970s — pure gold. It’s a live record, but made up of entirely new songs — most of which would disappear from the repertoire afterwards. The tour was, by most accounts, a pretty unhappy one for Neil, mainly due to the fact that his guitar foil in Crazy Horse, Danny Whitten, passed away just before the first shows. But the album is fantastic, and deserving of a reissue. It’s got barnstorming rockers, gentle piano ballads and some of the rawest vocals Shakey ever put to tape. In short, it’s essential.
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