Neil Young Confirms Jack White Collaboration on 'A Letter Home,' Plots New Orchestral Album
Published Mar 13, 2014There have been conflicting reports regarding a possible collaborative album with Neil Young and Jack White, and now Young has confirmed that White does indeed appear on his forthcoming A Letter Home. Shakey has shared some of the details of that album and discussed a couple more upcoming projects.
The album was recorded at White's Third Man Records studio in Nashville, and it may be out as soon as this spring. Although it isn't a full-blown collaborative album, White is featured on two songs, Billboard reports.
"It's not really a release yet, but it's a very unique record," Young told the publication. "It's like a time capsule. It doesn't sound like anything you've heard that was made recently. And some great songs, some beautiful music."
As previously reported, the album is entirely made up of cover tunes. Young said, "They're songs that I love, songs that changed my life, songs that made it so that I understood what someone else was saying to me, songs by greater writers."
While Young didn't confirm the details regarding exactly how the album was recorded, it seems that it was made using White's vintage ultra lo-fi Voice-o-Graph booth. Young previously used the vintage recording contraption to cut a version of Bert Jansch's "The Needle of Death" on Record Store Day in 2013. (Hear what the booth sounds like by streaming White's cover of "Coal Miner's Daughter" by Loretta Lynn below.)
Meanwhile, Young is also working on new songs and has ideas for more albums. He revealed, "I'd like to make a record with a full-blown orchestra, live — a mono recording with one mic. I want to do something like that where we really record what happened, with one point of view and the musicians moved closer and farther away, the way it was done in the past. To me that's a challenge and it's a sound that's unbelievable, and you can't get it any other way. So I'm into doing that."
He's also nearly done a new book called Special Deluxe, which is the follow-up to his 2012 memoir Waging Heavy Peace. This one focuses on his love for cars and the history of how automobiles have impacted the environment. It will doubtless touch on Young's Linc Volt electric car company.
Meanwhile, Young just unveiled his high-resolution music program Pono.