Four Neil Young albums that have long been out of print from the 1970’s will be reissued on vinyl next month. These would be …[drum roll]…1973’s Time Fades Away, 1974’s On the Beach, 1975’s Tonight’s the Night and Zuma on Sept. 6. They were released only as a box set in 2014, but now you can score them individually.
Bernie Grundman Mastering updated the original analog studio recordings, which might make the mixes leap off the record more, as opposed to the older mixes, which seemed drab by today’s industry standards.
These post- Harvest releases show another layer peeled back of Canadian songwriter Young, as he dealt with the loss of bandmate Danny Whitten [ to overdose] and struggled with his own personal demons amidst an explosion of creativity. My favorite of the four is Tonight’s The Night, recorded in 1973 but released in 1975, peaking at #25 on the Billboard charts. “World On A String” and “Come On Baby Let’s Go Downtown” stand out still, as do the title tracks, parts 1 & 2.
If you are a vinyl head [ and many of us are] you’ll want to look into this. If you can find them on 180 gram releases that are the rage, check it out at your local record store, who’ll more than likely be happy to let you experience them with your eyes and ears.
The bigger sellers of the quartet was Zuma and Time Fades Away, both achieving Gold status.