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."