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Neil Young Bought 20,000 Copies Of Comes A Time And Used Them As Roof Shingles
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.19.2014



In an interview with Rolling Stone, Neil Young confirmed a rumor that he bought 200,000 copies of his 1978 EP Comes a Time and got rid of them. Here are highlights:

On the fate of Comes A Time: "Oh, that was because it was a mastering error. The tape got damaged when it went through the airport or something. I had to go back and use a copy of the master it was a copy, but it had better-sounding playback than the other one. I made a barn roof out of them. I used them as shingles."

On the first time he recorded an album that didn't sound the way he wanted: "Well, I love making music, and I love making great-sounding records. I check on the mastering of my LPs, making sure it sounds good and when we got to the CD, that part went away, because there was no physical thing to deal with. There's nothing wrong with digital: it's a tool, it's a way to do things. In 1982, I first got my 16-bit digital machines with Sony, and I used a lot of the digital master players to create things. But I noticed that if I went to digital, I lost the echo. After that, the ability to play loud went away it was really loud, but whoa, it hurts. I never had it hurt before. And it went downhill from there, instead of getting better. That was devastating. So I made the records analog for myself, and transferred them to digital. Part of me went backwards: as the resolution went up, I went backwards with the technology."

On the most Canadian thing about him: "That I care about Canada, and Canada's environment. I care about the stewardship of the land, and I care about the First Nations people. And I care about hockey."





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