Published Aug 15, 2016Crate-digging Neil Young fans looking to pad their vinyl collection with a few rarer pieces from the Canadian music icon have just got a big break. Four '70s-period albums from Young's extensive discography are getting their first individual vinyl pressings in years.
Reprise is set to deliver new vinyl versions of 1973's Time Fades Away, 1974's On the Beach, and both Tonight's the Night and Zuma from 1975. The records hit bins September 6, marking the first time they've individually been officially available on vinyl in ages. The records were, however, collected together in 2014 in a box set as part of Young's Official Release Series.
The reissues were remastered for vinyl from their respective original analogue master at Bernie Grundman Mastering, while the packaging showcases "historically accurate reproductions," as prepped by art director Gary Burden.
The notoriously tricky-to-find Time Fades Away from '73 features live recordings captured on Young's tour supporting 1972's Harvest. The shows had him backed by the Stray Gators, with the ragged and stellar live collection being composed of material that had not yet been released at the time.
On the Beach followed in 1974 and starts with the memorable "Walk On." Prior to the 2014 box set, the despairing collection's had last appeared on vinyl in 1981, with the album also only getting its first official CD release in the early 2000s.
Tonight's the Night had been recorded in 1973, ahead of the On the Beach sessions, but its release was delayed until 1975. Much of the set found Young backed by the Santa Monica Flyers, though its "Lookout Joe" was recorded with the Stray Gators and "Come on Baby Lets Go Downtown" was recorded during a Crazy Horse concert in 1970. The bulk of the record was made following the overdose deaths of Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten and friend Bruce Berry.
Zuma was the first Crazy Horse collection crafted following the death of Whittenand introduced guitarist Frank Sampedro into the fold. The six-stringer has performed with the group ever since.