Neil Young Delays Reissue of “TFA”; Postpones RSD Box

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As the saying goes… “well, we can always wait until July… or maybe November…”

 By Blurt Staff

 It was the announcement heard ‘round the Neil Young world: that a special Record Store Day 2014 box set, limited to 3,500 copies and comprising freshly remastered vinyl editions of four key albums (including the three making up the so-called “Doom Trilogy”), was coming on April 19.

 “This limited edition box set includes the classic albums: Time Fades Away, On The Beach, Tonight’s The Night and Zuma, each remastered from the original analog studio recordings at Bernie Grundman Mastering. The artwork is a historically accurate reproduction by Young’s long-time art director, Gary Burden. These classics are being reissued on 180-gram audiophile vinyl for the first time and pressed at the world’s premiere pressing plant, Pallas MFG Germany.”

 Making this all the more significant: the live Time Fades Away has never been reissued officially (it was bootlegged on CD during the ‘90s), meaning the only way to get your hands on it was to find a used LP. So long-suffering TFA acolytes were doubly chuffed at the news, given that Young, who has been vocal in the past for his displeasure over the sound quality of TFA, had been holding out for so long while allowing the rest of his back catalog to return to print.

 Also announced were special Neil Young teeshirts corresponding with each of the four albums, including the one for On the Beach, above.

 Well, scratch all of the above, except perhaps the teeshirts. Word now comes (via Pitchfork) that Young has decided to delay the vinyl box until sometime in November “due to several other projects that Young has in the works that he wishes to focus on.”

 Young, of course, is occupied with his Pono digital music project and also has a new album titled A Letter Home due sometime later this year via Third Man.

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