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Earlier this week, Warner Brothers announced that Neil Young’s A Letter Home will get its proper commercial release on May 27, following last week’s surprise vinyl release through the Third Man Records website on National Record Store Day.

In addition to a standalone commercial CD, the album will also be released in a deluxe boxed set version.

According to the Warner Brothers press release, Reprise will release the complete box set, which includes a special “direct feed from the booth” audiophile vinyl version and a DVD that captured the original electro-mechanical process, on May 27. The box also includes seven 6-inch vinyl discs, and a bonus disc that includes outtakes from the original recordings.

Here are the details, per the press release:

Standard audio LP pressed on 180-gram black vinyl
Audiophile LP pressed on 180-gram black vinyl
Standard audio CD
DVD with footage from the recording
12″ x 12″, 32-page full color booklet
Download card for hi-res Audiophile version of album
Seven 6″ vinyl discs pressed on clear vinyl.
The 7th disc of this set features a version of Dylan’s
“Blowin’ In The Wind” backed with an alternate take / arrangement of “Crazy”

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Neil Young also released the first video from A Letter Home this week. This cover of Bert Jansch’s “Needle Of Death,” like the rest of A Letter Home, was recorded in the refurbished 1947 Voice-O-Graph recording booth at Third Man’s Nashville headquarters.

Listening to this, it’s easy to see the connection between Jansch’s original composition, and Neil Young’s own “Ambulance Blues” (a connection that Neil himself has acknowledged on a number of occasions). We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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Third Man Records has posted the cover art and track listing for Neil Young’s upcoming new album A Letter Home.

Front:
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Back:
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As expected, the album is a “low-tech” mix of cover songs, recorded in the record booth at Jack White’s Third Man Records. Production on the album is credited to Jack White & Neil Young on the back cover.

Interestingly, although a release date is not given on the Third Man site, the album is listed as being “in stock” and available to order for $20.00. If any of our readers tries to order it, please let us know if you receive your copy – in which case, we will be all too happy to report that Neil Young’s A Letter Home is apparently out now.

Here is the track listing for A Letter Home: (Thanks to Third Man Records)

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

Update: Several internet sources, including JamBase, are now reporting that Neil Young’s A Letter Home is in fact now available for sale, and can be ordered (in vinyl format only) from Third Man Records. The vinyl album will also be available for sale at select, independent record stores for Saturday’s annual National Record Store Day festivities.

Yes, it’s OUT!

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When it comes to expansive, career-spanning boxed sets, Neil Young’s former guitarist could just end up giving the “big guy” a run for the money.

Nils Lofgren, a key player on such Neil Young classics as After The Gold Rush, Tonight’s The Night and Trans will release his own answer to the “Archives” on May 27, in the form of Face The Music, a ten-disc boxed set comprising 169 tracks, including 40 rare and previously unreleased recordings.

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Face The Music focuses on Nils Lofgren’s work as a solo artist, tracing his career from his early work with the Washington D.C. based band Grin, through his critically acclaimed solo albums for major labels like Cry Tough and Crooked Line, all the way up through his 2011 indie release Old School.

No track listing has yet been made available, and Lofgren’s work as a guitarist for both Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band is unlikely to figure into the set. But in a recent Rolling Stone interview, Lofgren did reveal the collection will include a rare version of “Keith, Don’t Go” with Neil Young on vocals and piano.

Face The Music will also include a detailed, lavishly illustrated 136-page booklet, with an introduction by noted rock journalist Dave Marsh, and testimonials from Young, Springsteen, Bono, Eddie Vedder, Sting and others. The set also includes a DVD featuring 20 video clips selected from performances throughout Nils career. Face The Music will be available through Concord Music May 27.

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Update: Here is the full track listing for Face The Music:

(Thanks to SuperDeluxeEdition)

Disc One (Grin years 1971-1973):

1. See What a Love Can Do 5:01
2. Everybody’s Missin’ the Sun 2:44
3. Like Rain 3:40
4. Outlaw 4:02
5. If I Were a Song 3:10
6. We All Sung Together 3:43
7. Take You to the Movies Tonight 1:45
8. White Lies 3:28
9. Slippery Fingers 4:00
10. Moon Tears 2:18
11. Lost a Number 3:09
12. Soft Fun 5:40
13. Hi, Hello Home 2:29
14. Love or Else 3:40
15. Sad Letter 3:11
16. Ain’t Love Nice 2:09
17. She Ain’t Right 3:27
18. All Out 3:01
19. Rusty Gun 2:20
20. Beggar’s Day (Eulogy To Danny Whitten) 4:18
21. One More Time 5:10

Disc Two (solo years 1975-1977):

1. One More Saturday Night 3:06
2. If I Say It, It’s So 3:03
3. Can’t Buy a Break 3:15
4. Back It Up 2:23
5. I Don’t Want to Know (Live Bootleg Version) 3:48
6. The Sun Hasn’t Set on This Boy Yet 2:48
7. Rock and Roll Crook 2:53
8. Two by Two 3:04
9. Cry Tough 5:06
10. It’s Not a Crime 4:12
(Nils Lofgren & Tom Lofgren)
11. Share a Little 5:13
12. Can’t Get Closer (WCGC) 3:43
13. Mud in Your Eye 2:40
14. I Came to Dance 4:30
15. Home Is Where the Hurt Is 4:12
16. Rock Me at Home 4:30
17. You’re the Weight (Live/1977) 5:09
18. Goin’ South (Live/1977) 4:59
19. Incidentally… It’s Over (Live/1977) 4:08

Disc Three (solo years 1979-1983):

1. No Mercy 4:06
2. Shine Silently 3:34 (Nils Lofgren-Dick Wagner)
3. Steal Away 4:05 (Nils Lofgren-Dick Wagner)
4. I Found Her 3:33 (Nils Lofgren-Lou Reed)
5. You’re So Easy 6:00 (Nils & Tom Lofgren-Bob Ezrin-Dick Wagner)
6. A Fool Like Me 3:09 (Nils Lofgren-Lou Reed)
7. Night Fades Away 4:23
8. Ancient History 4:51
9. Sailor Boy 3:55
10. Empty Heart 3:03
11. Don’t Touch Me 4:02
12. I Go to Pieces 2:53 (Del Shannon)
13. Across the Tracks 2:52
14. Daddy Dream 4:53
15. Wonderland 3:32
16. Room Without Love 3:03
17. Confident Girl 3:06
18. Into the Night 3:45
19. Deadline 4:09
20. Everybody Wants 3:42

Disc Four (solo years 1985-1992):

1. Secrets in the Street 4:33
2. Big Tears Fall 6:07
3. Dreams Die Hard 3:32
4. Girl in Motion 5:51
5. Walkin’ Nerve 3:53
6. Trouble’s Back 5:20
7. Bein’ Angry 5:54
8. Valentine 6:13
9. A Child Could Tell 4:20
10. You 3:30
11. Shot At You 5:48
12. Crooked Line 4:55
13. Someday 5:32
14. New Kind of Freedom 3:41
15. Drunken Driver 6:28

Disc Five (self-released 1993-1998):

1. Alone 6:08
2. No Return 3:54
3. Tender Love 8:37
4. Dreams Come True 4:23
5. Out of the Grave 8:09
6. Lion’s Wake 2:16
7. Damaged Goods 3:43
8. Only Five Minutes 5:27
9. Setting Sun 3:42
10. Life 3:07 (Nils Lofgren-Lou Reed)
11. Nothin’s Fallin’ 5:06
12. Little On Up 5:02
13. Blue Skies 4:02
14. Black Books 5:24
15. Man in the Moon 3:19
16. Believe 3:46

Disc Six (self-released 1997-2001):

1. Delivery Night 5:01
2. Code of the Road 8:20
3. New Holes in Old Shoes 5:10
4. Puttin’ Out Fires 6:22
5. I Found You 4:35
6. Love a Child 2:57
7. Driftin’ Man 3:06 (Nils Lofgren-Lou Reed)
8. Without You 3:43
9. Heaven’s Answer to Blue 4:17
10. Seize Love 5:30
11. Open Road 3:13
12. Speed Kills 3:11
13. I’m Buyin’ 2:52
14. The Wind 4:27
15. We Got Guys 1:07
16. Hard Lines 1:02
17. Tears on Ice 4:46
18. Misery 4:43

Disc Seven (self-released 2002-2011):

1. Like Rain 4:52
2. The Star-Spangled Banner 2:39
3. In Your Hands 3:19
4. Mr. Hardcore 5:07
5. Tried and True 1:56
6. Frankie Hang On 3:43
7. Fat Girls Dance 4:37
8. I Am a Child 3:13 (Neil Young)
9. Mr. Soul 4:21 (Neil Young)
10. World on a String 3:16 (Neil Young)
11. Old School 3:12
12. 60 Is the New 18 3:02
13. Miss You Ray 2:39
14. Amy Joan Blues 2:42
15. Dream Big 4:31
16. Irish Angel 5:10 (Bruce McCabe)
17. Ain’t Too Many of Us Left 4:41
18. When You Were Mine 4:33
19. Why Me 4:24
20. Wreck on the Highway 4:37 (Bruce Springsteen)

Disc Eight (unreleased):

1. Keith Don’t Go 3:33
2. Try 3:36
3. Sing for Happiness 3:15
4. Duty 3:28
5. Sweet Four Wings 3:48
6. Just to Have You 2:17
7. I’ll Arise 2:51
8. Some Must Dream 4:46
9. Stay Hungry 3:41
10. Heaven’s Rain 3:36
11. Whatever Happened to Muscatel 2:49
12. You In My Arms 2:48
13. Here for You 3:37
14. Hide My Heart 4:22
15. Love Is. . . 4:28
16. Awesome Girl 3:36
17. When You Are Loved 2:55
18. Bullets Fever 3:06
19. Message 11:20

Disc Nine (unreleased):

1. Beauty and the Beast 3:42
2. You Are the Melody 3:24
3. Tears Inside 3:32
4. Face the Music 4:48
5. I Don’t Stand a Chance 3:28
6. What Is Enuf?!! 4:02
7. London 4:03
8. Go Away 4:09
9. Heart Like A Hammer 4:11
10. True Love Conquers Legends 3:40
11. Yankee Stadium 3:02
12. Sad Walk 5:23
13. Dalmatian 4:05
14. I’m Coming Back 3:59 (Tom Lofgren)
15. Mad, Mad World 3:31
16. Jhoon Rhee Ad :28
17. It’s Better to Know You 2:43
18. Last Time I Saw You 2:03
19. Mist and Morning Rain 2:49
20. Miss You “C” 2:38
21. Oh Holy Night (Strings, Choir Arranged & Conducted by Kevin Stoller) 2:58 (A. Adams-J. Dwight)

Disc Ten (DVD):

1. Windy (Flip Combo) 2:03
2. Dream Big 5:18
3. Too Many Miles 7:35
4. Keith Don’t Go 7:13
5. Bein’ Angry 4:45
6. Shine Silently 7:03
7. Big Tears Fall 5:18
8. I Found You 6:10
9. No Mercy 4:24
10. Gun and Run 8:03
11. See What Love Can Do 8:03
12. If I Were a Song 3:03
13. Slippery Fingers 4:23
14. Like Rain 4:12
15. Moon Tears 5:25
16. I Came to Dance 11:42
17. Everybody’s Missin’ the Sun 3:29
18. Ain’t Love Nice 2:35
19. I’ll Arise 3:04
20. Nils Lofgren: The Art of Adapting 8:11

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The wonderful work of Jeff Allen is of course no secret to readers of Neil Young FAQ, since he is the man responsible for the book’s amazing cover shot – a previously unseen photo of Neil Young taken during the 1969 TV taping of ABC’s short-lived Music Scene show, with Crosby Stills Nash & Young.

So, obviously we were delighted when Jeff contacted us earlier this week to let us know that he had scored prime seats for Neil’s four-night run of solo acoustic shows at the prestigious Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Best of all, Jeff Allen attended the show with camera in tow.

As these photos – published here for the first time anywhere – show, it is also clear that Jeff hasn’t lost his touch all these years later. The following is just a short sample of what Jeff was able to capture, despite what he described as the sort of very heavy security one might expect at a Neil Young show these days:

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Man, will you just look at all of those guitars!

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Thanks again Jeff, and we’ll try our best to do better getting you a photo-pass next time!

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*You can find more of Jeff Allen’s work at the Cache Agency.

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