A bold, emotionally naked snapshot of the against-the-grain attitude embraced by Neil Young as he channeled the troubled moods of the mid-1970s, Time Fades Away serves as Young's first live album comprised of previously unreleased material recorded with the Stray Gators while on his Harvest tour in 1972. Out of print on vinyl for decades, it is here restored to newfound sonic peaks on an audiophile pressing mastered from the original master tapes.
Unprecedented at the time for an artist to release a live recording of previously unreleased songs, the rough-and-tumble Time Fades Away was captured in the wake of the overdose of Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten and at the height of Young's fame. It finds the singer/songwriter undergoing a deep catharsis which is palpable throughout. In typical Young fashion, brilliant songs like "L.A." and "Don't Be Denied" emerge amidst the courageousness, looseness, and impromptu chaos.