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Neil Young releases “A Letter Home”

neil-young-a-letter-homeSurprise is right!

Neil Young just pulled a Beyoncé, writes COS (Consequence of Sound).

The legendary singer-songwriter has released his new covers album, A Letter Home. The vinyl record, spanning 10 tracks, is now available for purchase through Third Man Records.

 

The album was recorded at Jack White’s Third Man Records HQ in Nashville, inside a 1940s-era Voice-o-Graph recording booth. White himself is featured on two tracks.

The album includes covers of songs by equally illustrious singer-songwriters, including Bruce Springsteen (“My Hometown”), Bob Dylan (“Girl From The North Country”), and Willie Nelson (“On The Road Again”), among others.

The ordering page includes images of the cover art and the back cover art, which lists Jack White, who appears on the album, and Neil Young as “Reproducers.”

Young described the Voice-O-Graph as “A phone booth. It’s all acoustic with a harmonica inside a closed space, with one mic to vinyl.” It results in a “lo-fi analog record”, which Young described as “retro-tech.” However, in keeping with the spirit of his new music service Pono, it’ll feature a high-resolution sound. As he explained, “You can make a lo-fi, analog record, direct to vinyl, transfer it to 192, and you have a high res copy of a lo-fi vinyl record.”

A Letter Home Tracklist: 01. “Changes” (Phil Ochs) 02. “Girl From The North Country” (Bob Dylan) 03. “Needle of Death” (Bert Jansch) 04. “Early Morning Rain” (Gordon Lightfoot) 05. “Reason To Believe” (Tim Hardin) 06. “On The Road Again” (Willie Nelson) 07. “If You Could Only Read My Mind” (Gordon Lightfoot) 08. “Since I Met You Baby” (Ivory Joe Hunter) 09. “My Hometown” (Bruce Springsteen) 10. “I Wonder If I Care As Much” (Everly Brothers)

Source: http://consequenceofsound.net/2014/04/surprise-neil-young-releases-new-album-a-letter-home-featuring-jack-white/

Update (2): New Album: “A Letter Home” slated for March release

Update:

Third Man Records unearths NEIL YOUNG’s A LETTER HOME

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. — Homer Grosvenor

http://thirdmanrecords.com/news

Neil Young’s Low-Tech New Album ‘A Letter Home’ Due in March.
“It’s one of the lowest-tech experiences I’ve ever had,” he tells Rolling Stone.

Your next record’s coming out in March?
Yeah, it’s one of the lowest-tech experiences I’ve ever had.

How come?
You’ll hear it. It’s called A Letter Home.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/neil-youngs-low-tech-new-album-a-letter-home-due-in-march-20140122

Update (2):

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Third Man Records phone booth

It seems likely that Young recorded the album on a 1947 Voice-o-Graph machine located at Third Man’s Nashville headquarters.

“There’s something that happens with one mic,” Young said Tuesday night as he accepted the President’s Merit Award from the Producers & Engineers Wing. “When everyone sings into one mic, when everybody plays into the same mic: I’ve just never been able to do that, with some rare instances like when I record in a recording booth from a 1940s state fair. I got that sound by closing myself into a telephone booth. And I notice, it sounds just like an old record. And I like the sound of old records! I’ve always loved that.”

Originally made in 1947, the Voice-o-Graph is the only public vinyl record recording booth of its kind left in the world. After refurbishing it, Third Man opened the booth on Record Store Day 2013 and now anyone can come in and record up to two minutes of audio that’s cut onto a six-inch phonograph disc. Young stopped by Third Man last year where he recorded a cover of Bert Jansch’s “The Needle of Death” on the Voice-o-Graph last year for a special tribute to the acoustic guitar master.

Read more: rollingstone.com/music/news/third-man-records-releasing-neil-youngs-a-letter-home-20140123

Neil Young records track in the Third Man vinyl booth

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Third Man phone booth

A short blurb on Neil Young recording a song  in the booth at Third Man Records Store in Nashville as part of the global Record Store Day.

The  1947 Voice-o-Graph is the only public vinyl record recording booth in the world.  111 seconds of audio can be recorded in the booth and the audio is cut to a  six-inch phonograph disc.

Jack White also recorded in the booth.
Read more at http://www.nme.com/news/jack-white/69907#aIXuoS4qVOuoCZz6.99

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