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Comes a Time

Comes a Time

by Neil YoungNeil Young


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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 about this retrenchment. "I feel like goin' back," he sang, but added, "back where there's nowhere to stay." Doubtless he had no intention of staying with this style, but for the length of the album, melodies, love lyrics, lush arrangements, and steel guitar solos dominated, and Young's vocals were made more accessible by being paired with Nicolette Larson's harmonies. Larson's own version of Young's "Lotta Love," released shortly after the one heard here, became a Top Ten hit single. Other highlights included the reflective "Already One," which treats the unusual subject of the nature of a divorced family, the ironic "Field of Opportunity," and a cover of Ian Tyson's folk standard "Four Strong Winds" (a country Top Ten hit for Bobby Bare in 1965).

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0075992723527
catalogNumber: 2266
Rank: 5514


  1. Goin' Back
  2. Comes a Time
  3. Look out for My Love
  4. Lotta Love
  5. Peace of Mind
  6. Human Highway
  7. Already One
  8. Field of Opportunity
  9. Motorcycle Mama
  10. Four Strong Winds

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Neil Young   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Rufus Thibodeaux   Fiddle,Violin
J.J. Cale   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Crazy Horse   Group
Steve Gibson   Acoustic Guitar
Nicolette Larson   Vocals
Vic Jordan   Acoustic Guitar
Ben Keith   Guitar,Steel Guitar,Vocals
Bucky Barrett   Acoustic Guitar
George Binkley   Strings
Grant Boatwright   Acoustic Guitar
Marvin Chantry   Strings
Roy Christensen   Strings
Virginia Christensen   Strings
Johnny Christopher   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Tim Drummond   Bass,Drums
Ray Edenton   Acoustic Guitar
Rita Fey   Autoharp
Carl Gorodetzky   Strings
Karl Himmel   Drums
Russ Kunkel   Conductor
Sheldon Kurland   Strings
Lawrence Lasson   Strings
Rebecca Lynch   Strings
Martha McCrory   Strings
Ralph Molina   Drums,Vocals
Farrell Morris   Percussion
Tim Mulligan   Saxophone
Spooner Oldham   Piano
Frank "Poncho" Sampedro   Guitar,Strings,Vocals
Dale Sellers   Acoustic Guitar
Jerry Shook   Acoustic Guitar
Steven Maxwell Smith   Strings
Billy Talbot   Bass,Vocals
Gary VanOsdale   Strings
Carole Walker   Strings
Laurence Harvin   Strings
Carl Himmel   Drums
Maryanna Harvin   Strings
George Kosmola   Strings
Larrie Londin   Drums
Stephanie Woolf   Strings
Joe Osborn   Bass

Technical Credits

Crazy Horse   Contributor
Neil Young   Producer
David Briggs   Producer
Ben Keith   Producer
Richard Adler   Engineer
Danny Hilley   Engineer
David McKinley   Engineer
Tim Mulligan   Producer,Engineer
Mike Porter   Engineer
Denny Purcell   Engineer
Ernie Winfrey   Engineer
Danny Garcia   Engineer
Michael Laskow   Engineer
Paul Kaminsky   Engineer

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