It’s been 50 years since most folks first heard the genius that is Neil Young. Interestingly, the introduction for most to his immense talents was not from hearing his voice, but rather through his guitar playing.
Young’s wicked lead licks on the Stephen Stills’ song For What It’s Worth (Stop, Hey What’s That Sound) helped propel the tune into the top 10 for their band Buffalo Springfield.
Many classic rock icons are delving deep into their respective vaults because their new releases do not sell in great number anymore regardless of the quality of the music.
Time Does Fade Away Dept. Young has just released two series of ’70s-era albums (available on CD and vinyl) that will undoubtedly please his many fans. In some cases, these albums are making their digital debut, as Young has been a longtime opponent of non-analog recordings until recently.
The first Original Release Series 5-8 box set features the albums Time Fades Away, On The Beach, Tonight’s the Night and Zuma. Time Fades Away is one of those rare in-concert albums that contains all new songs while the following three are stone-cold crazed classics.
The second box Original Release Series 8-12 contains Long May You Run, American Stars and Bars, the folksy Comes a Time, the punkish Rust Never Sleeps, and Live Rust. This set ended his ’70s output as he soon began experimenting with electronica and even rockabilly.
You Better Hurry Dept. These sets are limited to 3,000 boxes, so if you are a Young fan who wants to hear what Neil thinks he heard while recording these gems, you better get a move on.
Strangely, Young is also issuing Hitchhiker this week as well. It’s a live concert recorded in 1976 that was never issued.
Don’t be surprised to see more Young rarities in the future. As I said before, classic rockers are raiding their vaults while they can … and fans are loving it!