| April 19, 2014|
19 April 2014
Third Man Records
| Jack White III and Neil Young|
Neil Young albums, Folk rock albums
A Letter Home is the thirty-fourth studio album by Canadian musician Neil Young. It was released on April 19, 2014 on Record Store Day by Third Man Records. The entire album, which consists of covers of classic songs by artists Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Gordon Lightfoot and others, was recorded in a refurbished 1947 Voice-o-Graph vinyl recording booth at Jack White's Third Man Records recording studio in Nashville, Tennessee. Of this method, White said, "we were obfuscating beauty on purpose to get to a different place, a different mood." The opening spoken-word track, and other spoken lines throughout the album, were addressed to Edna "Rassy" Young, Neil's mother who died in 1990. A message on Young's website described the album as "an unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro-mechanical technology captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever".
The A.V. Club considers A Letter Home one of the best albums of the first half of 2014, calling it the "most surprising record by a guy who’s built his career on surprising you".
Bonus tracks from box set singles:
The box set includes:1 standard 12” LP pressed on 180-gram black vinyl
1 “direct feed from the booth” audiophile 12” LP pressed on 180-gram black vinyl
Seven 6" vinyl 33 RPM discs pressed on clear vinyl
1 standard CD
1 standard DVD with footage from the recording
1 32-page, 12” x 12” book
Download card to redeem the digital album of the “direct feed from the booth” audiophile version
The 7th 6" disc of this set features a version of Dylan's "Blowin' In The Wind" backed with an alternate take/arrangement of "Crazy"Neil Young – vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano
Jack White – vocals and guitar on "On the Road Again", vocals and piano on "I Wonder If I Care as Much"
1A Letter Home (intro)2:17A Letter Home Wikipedia
3Girl From the North Country3:31