Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “L.A.” by Neil Young
Today’s Song Of The Day is from Time Fades Away, an album that has become the great lost Neil Young record. It was recorded live on the road in 1973 on the heels of Harvest which was Young’s biggest album to date.
As usual Young did not give in to fan expectations and performed mostly new rock ’n’ roll material on the tour that had little or no connection to the mellow country sound of Harvest. He has said in interviews that “It was recorded on my biggest tour ever, 65 shows in 90 days. 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.” (Decade liner notes)
Young was so dissatisfied with the murky sound of the original vinyl record that he never released it on CD. It has been completely out of print for many years, yet it contains some of his greatest songs including “Don’t Be Denied,” “Journey Through The Past,” the title track and this song.
As recently as this past April’s Record Store Day, it was rumored that Young would release a remastered Time Fades Away on vinyl as part of a four record box set covering his 5th though 8th records. The release was cancelled at the last minute in favor of Young’s latest album A Letter Home.