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Neil Young, 'A Letter Home' (March)

Neil Young
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"It's one of the lowest-tech experiences I've ever had," Young told Rolling Stone about his upcoming solo acoustic-covers LP. Young cut the album at Jack White's Third Man Rec­ords in Nashville late last year, and at least part of it may have been recorded on the 1947 Voice-o-Graph machine that visitors to Third Man use to record a two-minute song on a six-inch phonograph disc. (Young recorded a cover of Bert Jansch's "Needle of Death" when he visited the facility last April.) No track listing has been announced, but other tantalizing possibilities include Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind," Phil Ochs' "Changes" and Gordon Lightfoot's "Early Morning Rain," all of which Young played at Farm Aid last September.  

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