A Letter Home

A Letter Home is the 33rd studio album by Canadian musician Neil Young. It was released on April 19, 2014 on Record Store Day by Third Man Records. The entire album, which consists of covers of classic songs by artists Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Gordon Lightfoot and others, was recorded in a refurbished 1947 Voice-o-Graph vinyl recording booth at Jack White's Third Man Records recording studio in Nashville, Tennessee. Of this method, White said, "we were obfuscating beauty on purpose to get to a different place, a different mood."[1] The opening spoken-word track, and other spoken lines throughout the album, were addressed to Edna "Rassy" Young, Neil's mother who died in 1990.[2][3] A message on Young's website described 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".[4][5]

A Letter Home
Neil Young A Letter Home
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 19, 2014
RecordedNashville, Tennessee at Third Man Recording
GenreFolk rock, lo-fi
LabelThird Man Records
ProducerJack White III and Neil Young
Neil Young chronology
Live at the Cellar Door
A Letter Home


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
The A.V. ClubB[7]
MusicOMH3.5/5 stars[8]
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[9]

The A.V. Club considers A Letter Home one of the best albums of the first half of 2014, calling it the "most surprising record by a guy who's built his career on surprising you".[11]

Track listing

1."A Letter Home Intro" 2:16
2."Changes"Phil Ochs3:56
3."Girl from the North Country"Bob Dylan3:32
4."Needle of Death"Bert Jansch4:57
5."Early Morning Rain"Gordon Lightfoot4:24
6."Crazy"Willie Nelson2:16
7."Reason to Believe"Tim Hardin2:47
8."On the Road Again"Willie Nelson2:23
9."If You Could Read My Mind"Gordon Lightfoot4:04
10."Since I Met You Baby"Ivory Joe Hunter2:13
11."My Hometown"Bruce Springsteen4:08
12."I Wonder If I Care as Much"The Everly Brothers2:29

Bonus tracks from box set singles:

13."Blowin' in the Wind"Bob Dylan 
14."Crazy (alternate take)"Willie Nelson 

Box set

The box set includes:

  • 1 standard 12" LP pressed on 180-gram black vinyl
  • 1 "direct feed from the booth" audiophile 12" LP pressed on 180-gram black vinyl
  • Seven 6" vinyl 33 RPM discs pressed on clear vinyl
  • 1 standard CD
  • 1 standard DVD with footage from the recording
  • 1 32-page, 12" x 12" book
  • Download card to redeem the digital album of the "direct feed from the booth" audiophile version

The 7th 6" disc of this set features a version of Dylan's "Blowin' In The Wind" backed with an alternate take/arrangement of "Crazy"

Weekly charts

Chart (2014) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[12] 46
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[13] 20
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[14] 13
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[15] 53
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[16] 17
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[17] 11
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[18] 18
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[19] 45
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[20] 19
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[21] 6
Italian Albums (FIMI)[22] 41
Irish Albums (IRMA)[23] 8
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[24] 37
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[25] 46
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[26] 29
UK Albums (OCC)[27] 17
US Billboard 200[28] 13



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  2. ^ Fusilli, Jim (21 May 2014). "When He Was Young". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  3. ^ Young, Jon (27 May 2014). "Neil Young Evokes an Imaginary Past, Fetishizes Lo-Fi on 'A Letter Home'". Spin. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  4. ^ Greene, Andy (18 April 2014). "Neil Young's New Covers Album Available Right Now: Surprise!". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  5. ^ Young, Alex (18 April 2014). "Surprise! Neil Young releases new album, A Letter Home, featuring Jack White". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  6. ^ "A Letter Home Reviews". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2014-05-28.
  7. ^ Cosores, Philip (2014-05-27). "Album Review". Avclub.com. Retrieved 2014-05-28.
  8. ^ Paton, Daniel (2014-05-27). "Album Review". Musicomh.com. Retrieved 2014-05-28.
  9. ^ Thomas Erlewine, Stephen. "Album Review". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2014-05-28.
  10. ^ Minsker, Evan (May 2, 2014). "Neil Young A Letter Home review". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  11. ^ Bray, Ryan (July 22, 2014). "Bigger and Bitchier: A Superlative Rundown of the Best Records of 2014 So Far". The A.V. Club.
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  13. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Neil Young – A Letter Home" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
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  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Neil Young – A Letter Home" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
  16. ^ "Neil Young Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  17. ^ "Danishcharts.dk – Neil Young – A Letter Home". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
  18. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Neil Young – A Letter Home" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
  19. ^ "Neil Young: A Letter Home" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
  20. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
  21. ^ "Top 40 album DVD és válogatáslemez-lista – 2014. 22. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ.
  22. ^ "Artisti – Classifica settimanale WK 22 (dal 26-05-2014 al 01-06-2014)" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Archived from the original on 19 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  23. ^ "Irish Albums Top 100 - 29th May 2014". Irma.ie. 8 June 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  24. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Neil Young – A Letter Home". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
  25. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Neil Young – A Letter Home". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
  26. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Neil Young – A Letter Home". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
  27. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  28. ^ "Neil Young Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
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