Neil Young is plugging a hole in his catalog for this year's Record Store Day. As part of the April 19 festivities Young will re-release his 1973 live album "Time Fades Away" on vinyl as part of a box set that also includes his albums "On the Beach," "Tonight's the Night" and "Zuma."
Young has long disparaged "Time Fades Away," calling it at various points "a total joke" and "the worst record I ever made." He recorded it mostly during a tour with his Stray Gators band in support of his blockbuster "Harvest" -- but didn't include any songs from that album.
In the liner notes of his "Decade" anthology Young wrote that, "Money hassles among everyone concerned ruined this tour and record for me but I released it anyway so you folks could see what could happen if you lose it for a while. I was becoming more interested in an audio verite approach than satisfying the public demands for a repetition of "Harvest."
Plans to re-release "Time Fades Away" in 1995 were scuttled at the last minute, and more than 16,300 fans have signed a petition calling for its release in 2005. It's not yet known if "Time Fades Away" will ultimately be released in any other formats, including Young's new Pono audio platform.
Young will be introducing Pono at next week's South By Southwest Music Conference & Festival in Austin, Texas, and he has four dates with Crazy Horse March 29-April 2 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood before playing summer shows in Europe and Israel.