Neil Young ‎– Trans

Geffen Records ‎– GHS 2018
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 Little Thing Called Love
Words By, Music By – Neil Young
A2 Computer Age
Words By, Music By – Neil Young
A3 We R In Control
Words By, Music By – Neil Young
A4 Transformer Man
Words By, Music By – Neil Young
A5 Computer Cowboy (AKA Syscrusher)
Words By, Music By – Neil Young
B1 Hold On To Your Love
Words By, Music By – Neil Young
B2 Sample And Hold
Words By, Music By – Neil Young
B3 Mr. Soul
Words By, Music By – Neil Young
B4 Like An Inca
Words By, Music By – Neil Young

Companies, etc.



Recorded at Modern Recorders, Redwood City, California and Commercial Recorders, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Sticker affixed to shrink-wrap or back cover: "This first-edition pressing of Neil Young's Trans album contains a typographic mistake. Although it is listed in the line-up on the back of this record and on the lyric innersleeve, the song 'If You Got Love' is not on the record itself. GHS 2018"

"E A S T" embossed around the center hole indicates it was pressed at Specialty Records Corporation. Note: the "T" is the most visible and sometimes the only really visible letter.
"SLM △" in the runout etching indicates that the lacquer disc was processed at, and the metal parts used to manufacture the record were made at Sheffield Lab Matrix.

Tracks A1 to B2, B4 - Silver Fiddle Music - ASCAP
Track B3 - Cotillion Music, Inc./Ten East Music/Springalo Toones - BMI
℗ & © 1982 The David Geffen Company. Made in USA

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 7599-22018-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etched variant 1): GHS-1-2018-RE2-SH2 ^3294 SLM 1-1 0-1 sm1-3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout etched variant 1): GHS-2-2018-RE2-SH-1 ^3294-X SLM 1-2 0-1 sm1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etched variant 2): GHS-1-2018-RE2-SH2 dg Δ3294 SLM 1-1 0-1 SM0-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout etched variant 2): GHS-2-2018-RE-2-SH3 SP dg 0-1 EE SLM Δ3294X 1-1
  • Other (Printed on labels both sides): RE-1
  • Pressing Plant ID (Embossed around center hole side 2): E A S T
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Rights Society: BMI

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
XGHS 2018 Neil Young Trans(LP, Album) Geffen Records XGHS 2018 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
GFLD 19357 Neil Young Trans(CD, Album, RE, RM) Geffen Records GFLD 19357 UK Unknown Sell This Version
GED02018 Neil Young Trans(CD, Album, RE) Geffen Records GED02018 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
GHS 2018 Neil Young Trans(LP, Album) Geffen Records GHS 2018 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
20.338 Neil Young Trans(LP, Album) Geffen Records 20.338 Argentina 1982 Sell This Version


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August 23, 2017
At the time I did not expect Neil Young to tour with that type of sound and imagery. But overall I came away thrilled with that show experience and I am looking to get a live version from that era to listen to. I actually preferred Neil's decision to move in the direction of synthesized vocoder sound as opposed to where he ended up settling into stylistically. His electric feedback sounds coupled with his musical savvy are the best of his era and influenced an entire movement in the recording business.


February 15, 2017
I may be one of the only people who feels this way, but I bought this version of the LP and saw the tour (Ohio University) and believe the LP and the tour were a major waste of my hard earned cash. PS, I love Neil Young YMMV 2EHO.


September 14, 2016
extraordinary album I hope in a REAL remastered version!(all the version cds NOT are remastered for me..)


November 24, 2015
Although this album has pretty good reviews here on this page it is one of the most underrated albums I know of. If someone else, say an unknow odd weirdo,
would have made this album and made 1000 copies it would have been a collectors holy grail.


April 1, 2014
Absolutely amazing New Wave Synth Pop!

This album is full of vocoder vocals, big electro basslines & sweeping synths.

Around this time (1982), Geffen were into New Wave. They had just released Berlin's major debut "Pleasure Victim" EP, and this Neil Young LP fits in a similar style.

While this is all very strange, what I find MORE bizarre than an album almost full of Neil Young singing through a vocoder are the tracks placed A1 & B1.

They are NOT vocoder synth pop tracks. Oh no. Not at all. They are straight up 70's MOR rock.

So did Geffen ask Neil to make these two more, shall we say "traditional" songs to appeal to radio stations?

Who knows. All that is for sure is that anyone who bought this LP on the strength of hearing A1 & B1 would be in for one hell of a shock when they got home.

Fans of Minimal Synth / Electronic New Wave check this LP out. Very cool.


May 23, 2012
The vocoder used on this album is the Sennheiser Vocoder VSM201.


May 16, 2012
If only all the old school rock legends had done a full-on vocoder LP, the world would be a much better place ; )


February 12, 2012
My copy of this has the same catalog number as the US press above, GHS 2018. But it contains the song Transformer Man, both on the album itself, and on the label and sleeve.


August 15, 2010
edited over 8 years ago

This album is amazing. If your into kraftwerk you will love this album, if your a classic neil young Fan you Might be confused.

Also the song "Sample and hold" is only available in it's original form on the U.S. vinyl release of this album and has never been released on CD. All european releases (on vinyl and CD) contain the U.S. Dance Remix which is watered down and not as good as the original. Listen to the original version to the right.


July 6, 2006
edited over 12 years ago

Some of the tracks on this release, e.g. Sample & Hold, are remarkably similar to what more contemporary artists like Trans Am are doing now. Unfortunately, I have to say the songs on here are (for the most part) pretty awful. Geffen were right to be concerned about this LP at the time.