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A Letter Home

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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.

Customer Reviews

Great record…already out on vinyl

It’s important to note that this record is out on vinyl already, which is presumably how so many people can review this accurately. I love it. It’s nostalgic and stripped down and live. People shouldn’t give it a 1 star rating just because they want to comment… this isn’t a thread, it’s a customer review section.

Grandpa

Just keep doing what you do Neil. Some will get it, some won't.

Heart of Gold

Just heard Needle of Death. Heavy topic well done by Neil Young and sounding great in a recording booth. Loved it.

Biography

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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