Comes a Time is the ninth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young, released in October 1978. Comes a Time" is also the title song and a single release from the album. The album originally started out as a solo record, but when Young played it for Reprise executives they asked him if he would consider adding rhythm tracks to what he already had. Young agreed, and the end product was Comes a Time. Two songs ("Look Out For My Love" and "Lotta Love") were backed by Crazy Horse.
When Comes a Time arrived in record stores in October 1978, it was anticipated as Neil Young's return to the mellower, more commercially palatable folk-country-pop sound of his 1972 mega-smash Harvest. It was equally and eagerly hyped as such by the record company's marketing and promotions team, which no doubt was waiting for such a return. Young humorously called this new band the Gone With the Wind Orchestra, and at one point Gone With the Wind was even floated as a potential album title. A final footnote concerns Young's dissatisfaction with the initial pressing of the finished album, whose release was delayed numerous times for various reasons.
Six and a half years later, Comes a Time finally was the Neil Young album for the millions of fans who had loved Harvest, an acoustic-based record with country overtones and romantic, autobiographical lyrics, and many of those fans returned to the fold, enough to make Comes a Time Young's first Top Ten album since Harvest. 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.
Quiet and sweetly melodic, Neil Young’s Comes a Time felt like folly in punk-drunk 1978 but has since become one of his most timeless and easy-to-love works, a brief but immaculate CD. It’s a magic fluke in other ways. The song Lotta Love, for example, is as minimal as the Ramones.
A shiver runs down the spine as the first notes of Neil Young’s guitar open this double bill of towering musical geniuses (with Bob Dylan to follow). Well, I saw an old man walkin’ in my place, are the first words Young sings. The 73-year-old wrote them nearly 30 years ago for the album Ragged Glory. Young's set sticks mostly to the 1970s and 1990s ( AFP/Getty Images ). A shiver runs down the spine as the first notes of Neil Young’s guitar open this double bill of towering musical geniuses (with Bob Dylan to follow). In 1986, they released one of the best metal records of all time, which dealt with the potency and very nature of control, meshing beauty and raw human ugliness together on tracks like Damage Inc and Orion. This album is about storytelling – the medieval-influenced guitar picks on opener Battery should be enough to tell you that.
|A2||Comes A Time||3:05|
|A3||Look Out For My Love
Backing Band – Crazy Horse
|A4||Peace Of Mind||2:40|
Backing Band – Crazy Horse
|B3||Field Of Opportunity||3:10|
Harmony Vocals – Nicolette Larson
|B5||Four Strong Winds||4:07|
|MSK 2266||Neil Young||Comes A Time (LP, Album)||Reprise Records||MSK 2266||Canada||1978|
|REP 54 099 (MSK 2266), K 54 099||Neil Young||Comes A Time (LP, Album)||Reprise Records, Reprise Records||REP 54 099 (MSK 2266), K 54 099||Germany||1978|
|REP 54 099||Neil Young||Comes A Time (LP, Album, RE)||Reprise Records||REP 54 099||Europe||Unknown|
|REP 54 099, MSK 2266, K 54 099||Neil Young||Comes A Time (LP, Album, RE)||Reprise Records, Reprise Records, Reprise Records||REP 54 099, MSK 2266, K 54 099||Europe||1993|
|WPCP-3903||Neil Young||Comes A Time (CD, Album, RE)||Reprise Records||WPCP-3903||Japan||1990|