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October 24, 2016

Neil Young – Comes A Time (1978) – Lp

by Record Facts

Neil Percival Young, (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician, producer, director and screenwriter. He began performing in a group covering Shadows instrumentals in Canada in 1960, before moving to California in 1966, where he co-founded the band Buffalo Springfield together with Stephen Stills and Richie Furay, and later joined Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1969. He released his first album in 1968 and has since forged a successful and acclaimed solo career.

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Artist:  Neil Young
Title:  Comes A Time
Year:  1978
Format:  LP
Label:  Reprise Records
Catalog#  REP 54099

Comes a Time is the ninth album by Neil Young, and a return to the country/folk rock sound of Harvest (1972). “Comes a Time” is also the title song and a single release from this album. Originally, it had started out as a solo record, but when Young played it for Reprise executives they asked him if he wouldn’t mind adding rhythm tracks to what he already had. Young agreed to this, and the end product was the Comes a Time that was released. Two songs had Young backed by Crazy Horse, resulting in them having a rawer sound than the smooth production of the rest of the album. “Human Highway” was written several years prior to its release, and originally presented to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in 1974 for a proposed studio album by the group which never came to be.

He signaled the album’s direction with the leadoff track, “Goin’ Back,” and its retrospective theme augmented with an orchestral backup and the deliberate beat familiar from his number one hit “Heart of Gold.” Of course, Young remained sly about this retrenchment. “I feel like goin’ back,” he sang, but added, “back where there’s nowhere to stay.” Doubtless he had no intention of staying with this style, but for the length of the album, melodies, love lyrics, lush arrangements, and steel guitar solos dominated, and Young‘s vocals were made more accessible by being paired with Nicolette Larson‘s harmonies. Larson‘s own version of Young‘s “Lotta Love,” released shortly after the one heard here, became a Top Ten hit single. Other highlights included the reflective “Already One,” which treats the unusual subject of the nature of a divorced family, the ironic “Field of Opportunity,” and a cover of Ian Tyson‘s folk standard “Four Strong Winds” (a country Top Ten hit for Bobby Bare in 1965).

All songs were written by Neil Young, except where noted. Crazy Horse appears on “Look Out For My Love” and “Lotta Love”.

 

Side one
1.  Goin’ Back  (4:43)
2.  Comes A Time  (3:05)
3.  Look Out For My Love  (4:06)
4.  Lotta Love  (2:40)
5.  Peace Of Mind  (4:06)

Side two
1.  Human Highway  (3:09)
2.  Already One  (4:53)
3.  Field Of Opportunity  (3:10)
4.  Motorcycle Mama  (3:08)
5.  Four Strong Winds  (4:07)

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