- Audio CD (18 Aug. 2017)
- Number of Discs: 4
- Format: Box set
- Label: WARNER BROS
- ASIN: B06XFZ7RHW
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,216 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Original Release Series Discs 5-8
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The Neil Young Official Release Series Volume 2 limited edition box set includes: On The Beach, Times Fades Away, Tonight’s The Night, and Zuma. Remastered from the original analog studio recordings at Bernie Grundman Mastering. Historically accurate artwork reproduced by Neil Young's long time art director Gary Burden.
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So, on to the important stuff. The packaging, after discs 1-4 came out in old fashioned plastic CD cases we now have these in cardboard replica vinyl sleeves. Now I like this kind of thing, but a couple of points. You classic rock fans out there may remember the fuss a few years ago when Pink Floyd re-released their albums in replica sleeves and there the discs were in the sleeves so tightly you couldn't get them out without scratching them, well they've gone in the opposite direction here, the discs are in so loosely that if you're not careful they'll come flying out (That's the voice of experience speaking). Also, some discs get an inner sleeve to protect them, others are in the outer sleeve loose, why this is I don't know. I've read some complaints that the sleeves are flimsy, I would have to disagree they are quite sturdy. Because the sleeves are replicas of the original classic vinyl sleeves they do not include any information about who did the remastering for those who like that kind of information. And lastly if,like me, you've spent years buying fancy dandy CD holders, these beauties won't fit in them. Hey, ho.
Onto the really important stuff,the sound. Now as far as I am concerned Neil's output from his debut through to Rust Never Sleeps is one of Rock music's great ouvre's, from the beautiful acoustic musings of Harvest, through the depressing grunge of the doom trilogy and finally a mix of both styles on Rust I believe these albums should be any half decent collection, Neil though clearly felt differently as he, until now, had refused to release Time Fades Away on CD. Listening to this album now you think WHYYYYY, it really is a wonderful album. You can understand the negative response upon its first release coming after the laid back Harvest, with its grungy guitars and its almost out of tune singing, but now, with the benefit of hindsight, and knowing Neil's penchant for throwing us curve balls as well as the circumstances of the tour it was taken from, we can appreciate it for what it is. Thirty five pounds is of course a lot to spend just to get your hands on one previously unreleased album, but there is more to these sets than that, most importantly there is the improved sound quality. Ever since discs 1-4 were released eight years ago and blew us away with the improved sound us Neil fans have been waiting for the same treatment on the rest of his seventies output. It's good to report that our wait has not been in vain, there is the same improvement in sound quality here, everything sounds warmer, clearer, it's sometimes as if the guys are in the room with you. Of course On The Beach was released in remastered form about 12 years ago, this release sounds slightly less harsh.
So there you have it, whether you go out and buy it depends on how important you feel sound quality is, after all it's the same music, wonderful, beautiful and yet ugly at the same time, certainly essential. But if that improvement in sound is important to you and you can get it for under £40 then go for it.
The Music everyone will know apart from and this is the draw with this set the first CD release of Time Fades Away.
All albums sound very good but at a price
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