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Neil Young's New Covers Album Available Right Now: Surprise!

'A Letter Home' features covers by Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and many others

Neil Young performs at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
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April 18, 2014 5:13 PM ET

Neil Young's new covers record A Letter Home has been released through Jack White's Third Man records just in time for Record Store Day. There's been no formal announcement, but Third Man is accepting orders for the vinyl version right now through their website. It retails for $20, plus shipping. 

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The entire record - which includes covers of classic songs by Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and many others -  was recorded in a refurbished 1947 Voice-o-Graph vinyl recording booth at White's Third Man store in Nashville, Tenn. A message on Young's website describes the album as "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." 

Here is a complete track listing: 

1. "Changes" (Phil Ochs)
2. "Girl From The North Country" (Bob Dylan)
3. "Needle of Death" (Bert Jansch)
4. "Early Morning Rain" (Gordon Lightfoot)
5. "Crazy" (Willie Nelson)
6. "Reason To Believe" (Tim Hardin)
7. "On The Road Again" (Willie Nelson)
8. "If You Could Read My Mind" (Gordon Lightfoot)
9. "Since I Met You Baby" (Ivory Joe Hunter)
10. "My Hometown" (Bruce Springsteen)
11. "I Wonder If I Care As Much" (Everly Brothers)

Some of these covers have been in Young's setlist over the past few months, though he has yet to play "Girl From The North Country," "On The Road Again," "Crazy," "My Hometown" or "I Wonder If I Care As Much." Young will be spending much of his summer gigging around Europe with Crazy Horse. 

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