NEIL YOUNG

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A Let­ter Home Reprise

This is one of those al­bums that thrives in the telling but is hard go­ing, if in­trigu­ing, in the lis­ten­ing. Jack White, he of all things retro and cool, has a store in Nashville. In­side is a re­fur­bished 1947 Voice-o-Graph vinyl record­ing booth, the kind onto which many a hope­ful recorded their first song. Young, an ar­dent au­dio­phile with a tape loop to his past, de­cided to record an al­bum of songs that “are the roots of who I am mu­si­cally”, fram­ing them as au­dio letters home to his mother back in time. So tunes by Gor­don Light­foot, Bob Dy­lan, Wil­lie Nel­son, Phil Ochs, the Everly Broth­ers, Tim Hardin and Bruce Spring­steen are fil­tered through a wash of prim­i­tive sur­face noise, de­liv­er­ing ei­ther sham au­then­tic­ity or in­sight­ful re­cre­ation – take your pick. A Let­ter Home is avail­able in three au­dio flavours: vinyl, CD and mp3, or as one box set. neily­oung.com Down­load: Nee­dle of Death, Crazy

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