Neal Casal‘s debut record, ‘Fade Away Diamond Time’, produced by Jim Scott (Wilco, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash) was released in 1995. ‘Fade Away Diamond Time’ was an instant classic, critically lauded as one of Neal Casal’s strongest albums. The album’s name comes from a line in ‘Cincinnati Motel, ‘Fade away diamond time/leave me here, you’re too fine to breathe,’ a song about a disagreement that showcases some of Neal’s gift for intricate and poetic songwriting. Check out the Hammond-drenched refrains from John Ginty on the first single, ‘Day In The Sun’, or the rolling Wurlitzer swells of ‘These Days With You’. The same goes for the pedal steel work of Fooch Fischetti. It’s not just the best Neal Casal album, if you own this one the others are almost irrelevant.