Trans is an album by Neil Young, released in 1982. Recorded partially and released during his notorious Geffen era in the 1980s, Trans baffled many Neil Young fans. Some suggested that the album could be a satirical message that Young was trying to send about the direction music was headed in the future. A Vocoder features prominently in five of the nine tracks. While the album was poorly received, some critics point out that the melodies are strong and that the album involves Young addressing new musical movements, as he did previously on Rust Never Sleeps and later with the grunge movement.
The story behind its creation is very interesting. Neil Young found that when using a vocoder when communicating to his son (who was born with cerebral palsy), he was able to elicit a better response. The emotional power of this experiment shows in the lyrics, particularly in the track "Transformer Man" with the lines "So many things still yet to do / But we haven't made it yet."
Portions of several tracks appeared in Young's 1982 feature length comedy film Human Highway.
One song, "If You Got Love," appeared on the LP's printed track listing, but was not included on the album in a last minute change of mind.
Originally released as an LP, the album was re-issued in 1998 on CD, although not in the US.