12 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

Alpal70 ,

Neil keep on doing what you do

For all those so called fans hating this... And yearning for a Heart of Gold every Neil release...wake up! And you obviously don't get it. He is doing what he wants to do. You either join the ride or get off. I will always be on the ride with one of greatest musicians of all time!

allen6867 ,

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 rocks ,

Grandpa

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

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