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Neil Young will release a CD, digital album and a Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set of his recent vinyl album [HighlightText color="#fff"]A Letter Home[/HighlightText], out on Reprise Records on May 27th. Young recorded the collection of covers on our refurbished 1947 recording booth at our Nashville headquarters. Imagine a very simple recording studio not much larger than a phone booth and you’ll get the idea. He 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." Recorded live to track to one-track, mono, the album has an inherent warm, primitive feel of a vintage Folkways recording,
As for the track-listing, Young chose songs that have personal meaning for him, such as British folk artist Bert Jansch’s “Needle of Death” (which inspired Young to write 1972’s “Needle and the Damage Done”), Bob Dylan’s “Girl from the North Country,” Willie Nelson’s “Crazy,” Don Everly’s “I Wonder If I Care as Much,” Bruce Springsteen’s “My Home Town,” and many others.
The album begins with Neil recording a spoken letter to his late mother, informing her of his personal and present state of affairs which sets the tone and atmosphere for the duration of the album. He does this once again at the beginning of Side 2 in a way which could explain why he’s selected these particular songs to record. In essence, this presentation is, as its title implies, A Letter Home from Neil. This is a deeply personal and expressive listening experience which is as real and raw emotionally as it is sonically and yet light of touch in its form and flow.
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, along with comments from the producers and recording engineers.
The box set includes:
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Jack has unveiled the title track and first official single from his new album Lazaretto. Listen to a stream of the new single here.
"Lazaretto" will be available for purchase digitally and as an instant download with all iTunes album pre-orders starting tomorrow, April 22nd.
Jack has also released the complete track listing for Lazaretto:
Additionally, this past Saturday, April 19th, Jack and Third Man Records succeeded in delivering the World's Fastest Studio-to-Store Record to Record Store Day fans in Nashville! The special 7" comprised of the mono live version of "Lazaretto" and b-side cover of Elvis Presley's "Power Of My Love," took 3 hours 55 minutes and 21 seconds from recording to sale. See how the magic happened and track the day's events step by step in the Record Store Day Recap.
Shortly after 10 am this beautiful Record Store Day morning, Jack White took the stage of the Blue Room and began his quest to record the World's Fastest Studio-to-Store Record! Check out Third Man on Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook to have a look at the steps along the way. Once the first batch of 7"s were pressed and assembled, they were personally escorted by Jack White back to Third Man to sell the first copy to the members of Whirlwind Heat, who are performing this afternoon in the Blue Room! The official reading on the stopwatch at the time of sale was 3:55:21.
Here are some highlights below...
This past weekend the New York Times Magazine cover story flashed a long overdue spotlight on Paramount Records and its incredible phantom performers Geeshie Wiley and Elvie Thomas. If you missed the print edition, you can check out the article online here. It’s an incredibly intriguing and illuminating piece of investigative journalism, and to our eyes and ears they did a fantastic job with the multi-media aspect of the story as well. Please do set some time aside and give it a thorough read.
An expanded version of their story and all Geeshie and Elvie’s tracks will be included later this year in Third Man / Revenant Records' much-anticipated Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32). Rise & Fall Vol. 2 is the sequel and final chapter to our limited edition 2013 release, Vol. 1 (1917-27), the story of the label that would be king of early American blues, jazz and “wholly other” music. Volume 1 has been called “spectacular” (NY Times), “unprecedented” (Rolling Stone), “breathtaking” (Boing Boing) and a “treasure to pass on to the grandkids“ (Southern Living). Find out more about our Rise & Fall Volume One here and keep your eyes and ears peeled for more news regarding Volume Two coming your way soon!
We are chompin' at the bit for April 19th - Record Store Day - and, since we only told you some of our plans last week, we figured another update was in order!
Beyond tracking the progress of Jack White's World's Fastest Record (read more about that here) and getting your hands on a randomly colored reissue Whirlwind Heat's Do Rabbits Wonder?, we will have some great new merch available for sale: Fantastic new, made-in-Nashville record crates for carrying your bounty home, a new 45 box, World's Fastest Record buttons, new Jack White T-shirt and poster, Whirlwind Heat T-shirt and poster, and new sweets from Bang Candy Company. We also have a fantastic new pop-up postcard for sale…
For those of you without Ultra Tickets, fear not, there will be plenty for your ears and eyes and mouths to feast upon! The back patio will be open from 7am to 5pm, and local young punks Jawws and Waxed will perform live from the Rolling Record Store starting at noon. We will have coffee, mimosas, bloody mary's and bagels in the morning to ease you into the day, as well as complementary slices of Two Boots' new creation, Third Man Pizza (!!!), and our favorite beer from Yazoo Brewery in the afternoon.
That's not all... hot dogs and hamburgers will be available from the Third Man grill pit, Las Paletas will be there to cool you down with their Mexican popsicles, and Bang Candy will roll up with their Coco Van to serve you up all the marshmallows you can eat! Fluffy bunny, anyone? It's Easter, after all...
Of course, we can't tell you everything about the day's plans (surely you know us well enough by now...), but hopefully we have made the point loud and clear that Record Store Day 2014 is a PARTY, and you're invited.
*** Please note that parking will be somewhat limited this year. Please do not park at the Mission. Find street parking and carpool if possible. We will provide you with more details about additional parking options in the coming days, so stay tuned for more information. ***