Comes a Time

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Comes a Time
Studio album by Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Released October 2, 1978
Recorded November 28, 1975 – November 21, 1977
Studio Triad Recording, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Columbia Recording Studio, London; Wally Heider Recording Studio, San Francisco, CA; Woodland Sound Studios, Nashville; Sound Shop, Nashville, and Broken Arrow Ranch, Redwood City, CA
Genre Country rock, folk, folk rock, rock
Length 37:15
Label Reprise
Producer Neil Young, David Briggs, Ben Keith, Tim Mulligan
Neil Young and Crazy Horse chronology
Comes a Time
Rust Never Sleeps
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A[2]
Rolling Stone (positive)[3]
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars[4]

Comes a Time is the ninth album by Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young, released in 1978. It is a return to the country/folk rock sound of Harvest (1972). "Comes a Time" is also the title song and a single release from the album.


The album originally started out as a solo record, but when Young played it for Reprise executives they asked him if he would consider adding rhythm tracks to what he already had. Young agreed, and the end product was Comes a Time. Two songs ("Look Out For My Love" and "Lotta Love") were backed by Crazy Horse, resulting in them having a distinctively raw sound compared to the smooth production of the rest of the album. "Human Highway" was written several years prior to the album's release, and originally presented to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in 1974 for a proposed studio album by the group which never came to be. Much of the album features harmony vocals from Nicolette Larson. She also shares lead vocals with Young on "Motorcycle Mama".

For years, it was rumoured that Young had purchased some 200,000 copies of the album because he was unhappy with the sound, owing to damage that occurred to the master tape during shipment to the mixing facility. The version of the album most widely available today was personally remixed by Young from the safety copy of the original master. In a March 2014 interview with Rolling Stone, Young revealed that he, in fact, used the 200,000 LPs as shingles for a barn roof.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Neil Young, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Goin' Back" 4:43
2. "Comes a Time" 3:05
3. "Look Out for My Love" 4:06
4. "Lotta Love" 2:38
5. "Peace of Mind" 4:11
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Human Highway"   3:09
7. "Already One"   4:53
8. "Field of Opportunity"   3:08
9. "Motorcycle Mama"   3:08
10. "Four Strong Winds" Ian Tyson 4:07


  • Neil Young – guitar, harmonica, vocals, production
  • Frank Sampedro – guitar, piano, vocals (on tracks 3 and 4)
  • Billy Talbot – bass, vocals (on tracks 3 and 4)
  • Ralph Molina – drums, vocals (on tracks 3 and 4)
  • Tim Mulligan – saxophone
  • Nicolette Larson – harmony vocals (except on tracks 3 and 4)
  • Ben Keith – steel guitar
  • Karl Himmel – drums
  • Tim Drummond – bass
  • Spooner Oldham – piano
  • Rufus Thibodeaux – fiddle
  • Joe Osborn – bass
  • Larrie Londin – drums
  • J. J. Cale – electric guitar
  • Farrel Morris – percussion
  • Rita Fey – autoharp
  • Grant Boatwright, John Christopher, Jerry Shook, Vic Jordan, Steve Gibson, Dale Sellers, Ray Edenton – acoustic guitars
  • Shelly Kurland, Stephanie Woolf, Marvin Chantry, Roy Christensen, Gary Vanosdale, Carl Goroditzby, George Binkley, Steve Smith, Larry Harvin, Larry Lasson, Carol Walker, Rebecca Lynch, Virginia Ghristensen, Maryanna Harvin, George Kosmola, Martha Mccrory, Chuck Cochran – strings
  • Ben Keith – production (except on tracks 3, 4 and 8)
  • Tim Mulligan – production (except on track 7)
  • David Briggs – production (on tracks 3 and 4)
  • Tim Mulligan, Michael Laskow, David McKinley, Danny Hilly, Mike Porter, Denny Purcell, Rich "Hoss" Adler, Ernie Winfrey, Gabby Garcia, Paul Kaminsky – engineering
  • Elliot Roberts – direction
  • Tom Wilkes – art direction
  • Coley Coleman – photography



Year Chart Position
1978 Billboard Pop Albums 7[5]


Year Single Chart Position
1978 "Four Strong Winds" Billboard Pop Singles 61[6]


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Comes a Time at AllMusic. Retrieved 13 Nov 2009.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Neil Young: Comes a Time > Consumer Guide Review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 10 Mar 2006. 
  3. ^ Marcus, Greil (October 1978). "Neil Young Comes a Time > Album Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 24 September 2011.  Posted at January 2, 2002.
  4. ^ Miles, Milo (January 23, 2003). "The Rolling Stone Hall of Fame: The Greatest Albums Ever Made: Neil Young Comes a Time > Album Review". Rolling Stone (914). p. 70. Archived from the original on 2007-10-30. Retrieved 12 January 2007.  Posted at December 30, 2002.
  5. ^ Comes a Time - Neil Young > Charts & Awards > Billboard Album at AllMusic. Retrieved 2 January 2005.
  6. ^ Comes a Time - Neil Young > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles at AllMusic. Retrieved 2 January 2005.

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