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Comes a Time

Neil Young

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Neil Young's 1978 album was an effective bookend for the introspective country charms of Harvest, even if the singer/songwriter's typically idiosyncratic timetable ensured it was one he would take nearly seven years to get around to crafting. Its acoustic charms are distinctly elegiac and, given the tumultuous, occasionally confounding directions Young would follow in the following decade, can't help but come off as gently nostalgic as well. That sensibility is openly acknowledged on the opening track "Goin' Back" and further underscored on the introspective "Already One" and Young's cover of Ian Tyson's "Four Strong Winds." The plaintive "Lotta Love" (featuring guest vocalist Nicolette Larson, who would later turn it into her own solo career breakthrough) and the bluegrass-tinged "Human Highway" showcase Young's skills as a songwriter, even if there's a nagging sense this was music he would rather visit occasionally than fully inhabit.

Customer Reviews

Comes a Time

For someone who grew up on the classic LPs "Harvest and "After the Goldrush", "Comes a Time" is the consummate addition to this genre of musical brilliance. It may lack some of the rockin' rhythms from Young's earlier works, but the melodic "butter" is remarkable nonetheless. Brother Neil collaborated with Nicolette Larson for this recording session and her smooth harmonies are apparent throughout. Although Pop Radio wore out "Lotta Love" this collection reaches far beyond that song's luster. Check out "Human Highway" and the classic "Four Strong Winds", along with the whimsical and nostalgic "Goin' Back", these cuts alone are worth the purchase of the entire album. Enjoy!

My Favorite Neil Young Album !!!

This record is unbelievable !!! My favorite Neil Young album ; it's country/folky/earthy & uses a lot of acoustic instruments . Nicolette Larson on background vocals is simply amazing , a perfect foil to Neil's unique & incredible voice . There is not a bad song on here & it will take you home even if you're already there . Unlike his heavier stuff "COMES A TIME" stands out as a lighthearted take on life itself . I don't see it as retro , but futuristic in its no BS approach to songwriting & recording . By the time he gets to Ian & Sylvia's "FOUR STRONG WINDS" you want to hear it all over again ! This record is pure genius & musicians today could learn a lot from it & listeners will get hours & hours of joy from Neil & his magic gift that rings true as a bell in the morning dew .

Neil Young's 1978 LP "Comes A Time"

"Comes A Time" is an acoustic country album that reminds listeners of earlier albums such as "After The Gold Rush" and "Harvest". It is a good listen, although not Young's best country work, it provides a relaxed feeling with his swxcellent lyrics and strong harmonies. I would vote his 1970 LP "After The Gold Rush" to be his strongest country album. The most memorable songs on this 1978 country-rock classic are "Goin' Back", the title track, and "Four Strong Winds".


Born: November 12, 1945 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

After Neil Young left the California folk-rock band Buffalo Springfield in 1968, he slowly established himself as one of the most influential and idiosyncratic singer/songwriters of his generation. Young's body of work ranks second only to Bob Dylan in terms of depth, and he was able to sustain his critical reputation, as well as record sales, for a longer period of time than Dylan, partially because of his willfully perverse work ethic. From the beginning of his solo career in the late '60s through...
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