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Neil Young’s Official Series 2 Vinyl Box Set, the limited edition vinyl package originally scheduled for a special release to coincide with the annual Record Store Day on April 19, 2014, has been delayed until November, according to a press release issued by Young’s label Warner Bros. last week.

The boxed set – which will be limited to 3500 vinyl copies – had been highly anticipated by Neil Young fans, because it also marks the first official reissue of Neil Young’s long out-of-print 1973 album Time Fades Away. The box also includes the remaining “Ditch Trilogy” albums On The Beach and Tonight’s The Night, as well as Zuma.

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According to the March 19 press release from Warner Bros.:

Neil Young and Warner Bros. Records have announced that they must delay the release of Young’s upcoming Neil Young Official Series 2 Vinyl Box Set, which was intended to come out on Record Store Day, due to several other projects that Young has in the works that he wishes to focus on. A November release date for the set, which includes the classic albums Time Fades Away, On The Beach, Tonight’s The Night and Zuma, will be announced soon. Rest assured, it will be worth the wait!

Presumably, these “other projects” include Young’s long-discussed digital music delivery device Pono, which was successfully launched this past week during the annual South By Southwest music conference in Austin, after a successful Kickstarter campaign which raised two million dollars (the goal was $800K).

The new Neil Young studio album, A Letter Home, which features a selection of covers recorded in the record booth at Jack White’s Third Man Records, is also expected sometime this spring.

White himself reportedly appears on two songs. Neil Young is also reportedly putting the final touches on a new book scheduled for release this fall titled Special Deluxe, which is a followup to his 2012 memoir Waging Heavy Peace.

In the meantime, a new round of solo acoustic shows have been scheduled for Dallas and Chicago, in addition to a previously announced Los Angeles run. Here are the updated dates (so far) for Neil Young’s mini American tour this spring:

03/29 – Hollywood, CA @ Dolby Theatre
03/30 – Hollywood, CA @ Dolby Theatre
04/01 – Hollywood, CA @ Dolby Theatre
04/02 – Hollywood, CA @ Dolby Theatre
04/17 – Dallas, TX @ Meyerson Symphony Center
04/18 – Dallas, TX @ Meyerson Symphony Center
04/21 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
04/22 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre

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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.

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