Comes a Time

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Comes a Time
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 21, 1978[1]
RecordedNovember 28, 1975 – November 21, 1977
StudioTriad Recording, Ft. Lauderdale, FL;
Columbia Recording Studio, London;
Wally Heider Recording Studio, San Francisco, CA;
Woodland Sound Studios, Nashville, TN;
Sound Shop, Nashville, TN;
Broken Arrow Ranch, Redwood City, CA
ProducerNeil Young, David Briggs, Ben Keith, Tim Mulligan
Neil Young chronology
Comes a Time
Rust Never Sleeps
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Christgau's Record GuideA[3]
Rolling Stone(positive)[4]
Rolling Stone5/5 stars[5]

Comes a Time is the ninth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young, released in October 1978. "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.[citation needed]

"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.[citation needed] Much of the album features harmony vocals from Nicolette Larson. She also shares lead vocals with Young on "Motorcycle Mama".[6]

For many years it was rumoured that Young had personally purchased some 200,000 vinyl copies of Comes a Time having been unhappy with the album's 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 claimed that he, in fact, used the 200,000 LPs as shingles for a barn roof.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Neil Young, except where noted.

Side one
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
1."Human Highway" 3:09
2."Already One" 4:53
3."Field of Opportunity" 3:08
4."Motorcycle Mama" 3:08
5."Four Strong Winds"Ian Tyson4:07


Track numbering refers to CD and digital releases of the album.

  • 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 / lead 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
  • Farrell Morris – percussion
  • Rita Fey – autoharp
  • Bucky Barrett, Grant Boatwright, Johnny Christopher, Jerry Shook, Vic Jordan, Steve Gibson, Dale Sellers, Ray Edenton – acoustic guitars
  • Shelly Kurland, Stephanie Woolf, Marvin Chantry, Roy Christensen, Gary Vanosdale, Carl Gorodetzky, George Binkley, Steven Smith, Larry Harvin, Larry Lasson, Carol Walker, Rebecca Lynch, Virginia Christensen, 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 Hilley, 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[8]


Year Single Chart Position
1978 "Four Strong Winds" Billboard Pop Singles 61[9]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-26. Retrieved 2017-08-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Comes a Time at AllMusic. Retrieved 13 Nov 2009.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: Y". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 23, 2019 – via
  4. ^ Marcus, Greil (October 1978). "Neil Young Comes a Time > Album Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 24 September 2011. Posted at January 2, 2002.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Comes A Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Neil Young on Pono, His New Album and Using LPs as Roof Shingles". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  8. ^ Comes a Time - Neil Young > Charts & Awards > Billboard Album at AllMusic. Retrieved 2 January 2005.
  9. ^ Comes a Time - Neil Young > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles at AllMusic. Retrieved 2 January 2005.

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