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A Letter Home (Deluxe Version)

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One of the weirder albums from an artist who’s been known to throw some real curveballs, A Letter Home is Neil Young singing a collection of covers into Jack White’s refurbished 1947 Voice-O-Graph recording booth at Third Man Records’ Nashville headquarters. The deluxe edition includes video of the recordings from multiple camera angles. Fidelity is obviously low, though the acetates made from the process were quickly copied to a less deteriorating format. Jack White joins Young for The Everly Brothers’ “I Wonder If I Care as Much” and Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again,” but it’s primarily the Neil Young show, either with piano for Tim Hardin’s “Reason to Believe” and Gordon Lightfoot’s “Early Morning Rain” or acoustic guitar on Bob Dylan’s "Girl from the North Country,” Phil Ochs’ “Changes," and Bert Jansch’s “Needle of Death.” The results aren’t for everyone, but the hardcore Neil Young fans will likely find a majority of the performances quite touching. The “A Letter Home Intro” is Young talking to his late mother.

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This has nothing to do with Pono

In response to VikingMusicLover’s comment: you need to understand that this really has nothing to do with Pono. It was recorded in a 1940’s amateur recording box - the kind you’d find in an amusement park back then. In other words, it’s totally no-fi, not even lo-fi! Pono can only give you the best quality of the original recording and this one is purposely low quality. If you’ve followed and tried to understand Neil’s career, you know that this is typical of him. Don’t expect him to be logical, to do what he’s done before. Just listen to what’s new and dig it, hate it or scratch your head about it. As for me, mainly I dig it, but I am scratching my head just a little about it. Nevertheless, thanks again Neil and keep on keeping us on our toes

So much for Pono sound quality.

So much for Pono sound quality.


I love all the original songs, but Neil made them his own. And he left me with a tear in my eye...


Born: November 12, 1945 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

After Neil Young left the California folk-rock band Buffalo Springfield in 1968, he slowly established himself as one of the most influential and idiosyncratic singer/songwriters of his generation. Young's body of work ranks second only to Bob Dylan in terms of depth, and he was able to sustain his critical reputation, as well as record sales, for a longer period of time than Dylan, partially because of his willfully perverse work ethic. From the beginning of his solo career in the late '60s through...
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