Time Fades Away – the infamous 1973 Neil Young live recording that has been called everything from his great, lost record to the “missing link in the Ditch Trilogy” – is finally getting a long-overdue, official re-release (albeit a limited one).
According to a press release from Young’s record label Warner Brothers issued on Monday, Time Fades Away will be part of a limited edition, boxed set titled Official Release Series Discs 5-8 , set to be released as part of this year’s Record Store Day on April 19, 2014.
The boxed-set will be limited to 3500 copies, and available only on 180-gram black vinyl (no CD). In addition to Time Fades Away, Official Release Series Discs 5-8 appropriately also includes Neil Young’s other two “Ditch Trilogy” albums (On The Beach and Tonight’s The Night), as well as Zuma. T-shirts featuring reproductions of the original album covers are also planned for the Record Store Day promotion.
This marks the first official reissue of the Time Fades Away album since it’s original release in 1973. The album still has yet to be officially released on CD, even though Neil Young’s fans have long clamored for it. The last time a CD reissue was rumored was back in 1995, but was said to have been pulled at the last minute by what many believe was Neil Young himself.
Young has made his dislike for the Time Fades Away recording clear in a number of interviews over the years, saying that he put it out anyway at the time so “folks could see what could happen if you lose it for a while.” An online petition by fans calling for a CD release has gathered some 16,000 signatures since 2005.
Interestingly, Neil Young has also recently teased the existence of a “Time Fades Away 2,” and has even gone so far to suggest that it could be part of the next volume of the ongoing Archives project. Like the original, TFA2 is said to be a live recording from his 1972 tour with the Stray Gators, consisting entirely of never heard, previously unreleased songs.
Neil Young will reportedly release his next album, A Letter Home, later this month through Jack White’s Third Man Records. At the end of this month, Neil Young will be performing a series of solo acoustic concerts, as part of a four-night stand on March 29 and 30, and April 1-2 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Young will also embark on an European tour with Crazy Horse this summer.