50 Greatest Live Albums of All Time

Rolling Stone ranks the 50 best live albums ever, from Jimi Hendrix at Monterey to Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison

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Neil Young, 'Time Fades Away' (1973)
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37. Neil Young, 'Time Fades Away' (1973)

Neil Young should have been on top of the world in 1973. The incredible success of Harvest finally took him out of CSNY's shadow, "Heart of Gold" was a Number One hit in 1972, and a 62-date arena tour sold out all over America. But the death of Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten, a painful back disorder and the endless infighting of his backing band turned the tour into an endless slog. He had a ton of hits by this point, but he opted to devote a big chunk of the set to gloomy, brand new tunes like "L.A.," "Don't Be Denied" and "Yonder Stands The Sinner." The new songs were captured on the live LP Time Fades Away. It was greeted by a collective shrug when it came out in 1973 and its been out of print for decades, but Neil diehards recognize it as an absolute classic and original vinyl copies are highly prized. Unsurprisingly, Young has a wildly different take. "My least favorite record is Time Fades Away," he said in 1987. "I felt like a product, and I had this band of all-star musicians that couldn't even look at each other. It was a total joke." Andy Greene

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