Neil Young - A Letter Home download album
A Letter Home is the 33rd 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.
Neil Young has never been the artist you think he is, forever proving that he, rather than David Bowie, is the true musical chameleon. I’ll be the first to admit to scratching my head when it comes to Mr. Young more times than not. though in reality, it’s not important to Neil Young whether I get what he’s doing, or even that you get what he’s doing, because long story short, he doesn’t care. Yes, A Letter Home is an affect, a gimmick, it’s Neil Young having a bit of fun. and, if you purchase this album, you’ll soon find that Neil is have a bit of fun at your expense. There’s nothing I can say to praise this album, and there is nothing I can say to shoot it down either. Of course it’s not Harvest Moon, and it’s certainly not a lousy live recording either.
A Letter Home was made in a restored 1947 Voice-O-Graph booth, a fairground attraction that allowed users to take home a vinyl record of their voice. The result is muffled, distorted and buried beneath layers of crackle and hiss. Depending on your perspective, it either adds a magical patina of age to the music, or sounds like someone locked Neil Young in a cupboard then set about cooking a fried breakfast. In fact, a certain eeriness is very much in evidence throughout A Letter Home, an album that opens with three minutes of spoken word in which Young addresses his late mother, urging her to make amends with her ex-husband in the hereafter. The eeriness is largely due to the effect of the recording booth's distortion on Young's voice.
During the 2014 promo campaign for Pono, his high-end digital audio device, Neil Young called his forthcoming album A Letter Home "an art project," which is an appropriate term for this curious collection of covers from his contemporaries. It's not so much that the choice of songs is unusual - nearly all of them are from the '60s and '70s, years when Young was also active, but a handful ("Crazy," "Since I Met You Baby," "I Wonder If I Care as Much") date from the late '50s or early '60s - but the recording method.
Album: A Letter Home. Tracklist: 01 – A Letter Home Intro 02 – Changes 03 – Girl From The North Country 04 – Needle Of Death 05 – Early Morning Rain 06 – Crazy 07 – Reason To Believe 08 – On The Road Again 09 – If You Could Only Read My Mind 10 – Since I Met You Baby 11 – My Hometown 12 – I Wonder If I Care As Much.
Neil Young – A Letter Home. Warner) UK release date: 26 May 2014. by Daniel Paton first published: 26 May 2014 in Albums. Neil Young’s contrarianism remains his most dogged and persistent characteristic. The old world approach to recording A Letter Home is all the more bizarre given that Young seems to have devoted the greater portion of his recent energy to developing the Pono player, a high quality digital audio system. What we have here is perhaps the polar opposite – a set of analogue recordings imbued with deliberate imperfections and 1930s style crackle and static.
Album A Letter Home (2014). Labels Reprise Records, Third Man Records. Jack White, Neil Young.
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NotesClear Vinyl on The Third Man Record Booth
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